The Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, has reacted to the press release by the presidency over his call for herdsmen to leave the forest of the State.
Speaking through his Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo, on Monday morning, Akeredolu accused the presidency of having an emotional attachment to herdsmen which endangers the corporate existence of Nigeria.
Ojogo stated that a clearly defined stand is needed from the part of the Federal Government which will show that the criminality of the herdsmen does not have it’s backing.
The statement further reads, “The Ondo State Government did not ask Fulani to leave the state. The governor said herdsmen who are unregistered should leave our forests.
“The statement from Garba Shehuis 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.
“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.”