By our reporter| The Ondo State government on Tuesday said the presidency’s reaction to its decision to order herdsmen out of the state’s forest reserves, ”reeks of emotional attachment to the herdsmen”.
Donald Ojogo, the Ondo state commissioner for information and orientation, who stated this while reacting to Monday’s directive by the presidency that herdsmen will not leave Ondo state, said such attachments is inimical to the corporate existence of the country.
Ojogo told a national publication, “Mr. Shehu’s statement is a brazen display of emotional attachments and it’s very inimical to the corporate existence of Nigeria.”
“We need clearly defined actions on the part of the federal government to decimate the erroneous impression that the inspiration of these criminal elements masquerading as herdsmen is that of power. Our unity is threatened, no doubt.”
“It (statement) states in a breath that the governor fights crime with passion while it is prevaricating on the atrocities,” Mr. Ojogo said.
“The question is, are the herdsmen who are perpetrating murder, kidnapping, and robbery more important than government and even the Federal Government in this case? Ethnic nationality and activism on the part of anyone hiding under the presidency or federal government is an ill wind.”
Alabingo.com on Monday reported that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu asked herdsmen in the state to vacate all forest reserves in the state within seven days.
However, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, on Monday night said that herdsmen will not leave Ondo state, stating that the government should rather dialogue with the leadership of the Fulani communities in the state.