Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo has stated that his government would take the next step following the quit notice handed down to Fulani herdsmen in the state forest reserves.
Recall that Akeredolu had ordered herdsmen in the state to vacate the forest reserves within a period of seven days counting from Monday, 18th January to today January 25.
The Governor also banned night grazing as well as highway and under-age grazing in the state.
But the presidency in a statement by President Muhammadu Buhari’s media assistant, Garba Shehu, rejected Akeredolu’s ultimatum to herdsmen.
“It will be the least expected to unilaterally oust thousands of herders who have lived all their lives in the state on account of the infiltration of the forests by criminals.
“If this were to be the case, rights groups will be right in expressing worries that the action could set off a chain of events which the makers of our constitution foresaw and tried to guard against.,” Garba Shehu said.
Southwest governors, monarchs and herdsmen are set to meet over the quit order which had drawn mixed reaction from various interest groups.
Speaking to DailyTrust, the Senior Special Adviser to the Governor on Security Matters, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo said that the state government “will wait for the expiration of the seven-day ultimatum handed down to the herdsmen occupying the forest reserves before it will know the next step.”