The Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) has said that there was no eviction notice to Fulani herdsmen in Ondo State or any part of the South-west region.
NGF Chairman and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, disclosed this to newsmen after meeting with the national leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) on Monday.
Recall that on Monday, January 18, Ondo state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu ordered all unregistered herdsmen to vacate the state’s forest reserves. This generated a lot of controversies as many people interpreted it as the governor asking the Fulanis to vacate the state.
According to Fayemi, the speech of Akeredolu, was misconstrued. He said the Ondo governor didn’t talk about herdsmen vacating the state but about the registration of herdsmen who want to operate within the reserves.
He said; ‘‘Many members of MACBAN were born in the South-West. So, Akeredolu cannot ask Fulani to vacate Ondo State. The area concerned is the forest reserves and it is about registration and also to work in line with the law.
What we are after is the criminals, not Fulani herdsmen, criminals are criminals irrespective of their ethnic group.”