Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari warns Ondo governor Rotimi Akeredelu against evicting herdsmen.
In a message to the media, the presidential aide on media, Malam Garba Shehu, said the presidency was aware of and was following the developments, especially on the issue of the governor’ s action.
” According to him, inconsistencies in the way messages are sent lead to speculation about the exact message to be delivered. ”
It calls on the parties to reconcile and urge the state government and the Fulani leadership to continue to dialogue for mutual understanding to end the insecurity in the state as soon as possible, ” he said.
The President caution Governor Akeredolu saying in his capacity as a former lawyer and former president of the Nigerian Bar Association do not expect him to expel thousands of herdsmen who stays in the state to earn in living.
He said such action should not happen in the state. As a result of the activities of some miscreants who commit crimes in the bush you can’ t generalised, he further stated.
President Buhari also said that if it is true, Human rights groups have expressed concern that the move could provoke a standoff.
Garba Shehu told news correspondents that they are waiting to see if the governor will obey the President orders.
He further emphasized that kidnappings, armed robberies and cattle rustling were crimes and that those who committed such crimes should not be targeted at any ethnic group.
” This week, the Ondo State governor gave herdsmen in the state’ s forests seven days to leave the forest. ” and for the security of his state, he will not turn a blind eye and let progress be made.
According to him, they have taken the initiative to ensure the safety of lives and property in Ondo State by instructing the security agencies to ensure that all its directives are implemented.