– Gani Adams has reacted to the presidency’s statement regarding Governor Akeredolu’s quit notice to herdsmen in Ondo
– Garba Shehu, a presidential spokesperson had earlier faulted Akeredolu’s move, saying he cannot singlehandedly take such a decision
– However, the prominent Yoruba chief explained that the Ondo state governor has the right to give quit orders
Iba Gani Adams, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, has drummed support for Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s ultimatum asking herdsmen to vacate Ondo state forest reserves.
In a statement by his special assistant on media, Kehinde Aderemi, Adams insists that the state has constitutional rights to give quit notice to illegal residents, The Punch reports.
The Yoruba leader stated this in reaction to the presidency’s statement where Mallam Garba Shehu faulted Akeredolu, adding that he should not act outside his constitutional powers.
Legit.ng recalls that Akeredolu had on Monday, January 18, given herdsmen a 7-day ultimatum to quit all forest reserves in Ondo state.
He explained that the reason the state government took the decision was that the presidency failed to address Nigeria’s security situation.
According to him, the presidency is apparently not aware of what forest reserves mean. He went on to explain that the area is not accessible except by authorised personnel.
The Yoruba leader added that aside from that the forest reserves meaning a haven of safety for protected animals against poachers it is a place for valued cash trees.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Ondo government is not backing down its seven-day vacation order to herdsmen to leave the forest reserves in the state.
According to the state commissioner for information and orientation, Donald Ojogo, in reaction to a statement by the senior special assistant to the president on media and publicity the state.
Ojogo also alleged that the statement by Shehu was not endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a related development, a former Nigerian federal lawmaker, Shehu Sani, has spoken in all fairness in reaction to the plan by the Ondo state government to oust all herdsmen in its territory.
In a statement addressing the issue, Sani recognised the fact that the state has had to deal with threats of terrorism within its borders from some insurgents.
Similarly, Afenifere has backed the order by Ondo state governor mandating herdsmen to vacate the forest reserves in the state.
The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation called on governors in the southwest region to stand with the Ondo state governor on the issue.
Afenifere in a statement through its spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, criticised the presidency for opposing Akeredolu’s order.
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