Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has called on individuals and groups planning to take actions that could lead to the forcible removal of anyone from Oyo State to desist from taking such actions.
He said any persons who fail to abide by the directive will face the full wrath of the law.
The Governor further directed all local government and local council development area Chairpersons to work with the traditional rulers and the officers of the security agencies to ensure that peace is maintained in all parts of the state.
Apparently reacting to the alleged ultimatum given to the herders in the state by a popular Oke Ogun resident, Chief Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho), Makinde in a statewide broadcast on Wednesday said no one has the right to ask anyone else to leave any part of the country, promising to uphold the provisions of the constitution he swore to in the interest of the entire people of the country.
According to the Governor, the common enemy of the people is not the herder who is looking for pasture for his flock nor the farmer who just wants to grow food to sell in the market or to feed his family.
Akeredolu issued the ultimatum on Monday, January 18, in a thread of tweets. He said the decision was taken to address the root causes of kidnappings and other crimes in the state.
According to the governor, security reports had indicated that some bad elements masquerading as herdsmen were behind the cases of abductions reported in Ondo.
However, the presidency stepped in to make some clarifications a day after Akeredolu gave the ultimatum to herdsmen in Ondo state.
Speaking on behalf of the presidency, a senior special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, said that apart from the fact that the position of the state government goes against Nigeria’s constitution, it can set certain things in motion.
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