Ondo Govt fires back at Presidency on vacation order to herdsmen, says Nigeria’s unity is under real threat


Ondo State Government has thundered back at the Presidency for trying it to rein it in on its seven-day ultimatum to Fulani herdsmen to vacate the forest reserves in the state, declaring that Nigeria’s unity is under a real threat.

The state government said this was so because President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration was emotionally attached to Fulani herdsmen.

The State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, reacted to the statement by a Presidential spokrsperson, Garba Shehu, against the directive of the State Government banning the operation of unregistered Fulani herdsmen in its forest.

Shehu had condemned the directive by the Ondo State government, warning it not to act outside the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on the issue.

However, Ojogo insisted that Shehu’s comment was inimical to the existence of Nigeria.

Ojogo, in a statement, said Shehu had stated “unambiguously, the position of the Federal Government.”

The statement 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 Shehu is 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.”

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