Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has slammed the Miyetti Allah Kataul Hore for threatening to challenge the state’s anti-open grazing law and that of other southern states.
Nothing, according to Akeredolu, Chairman of the South West Governors’ Forum and Coordinator of the Southern Governors’ Forum, will persuade him and other governors to reverse their decision.
Dr Doyin Odebowale, the governor’s Special Duties and Strategy assistant, revealed this on Wednesday in a statement.
Remember that the group’s secretary, Saleh Alhassan, claimed that anti-open grazing regulations would have an impact on the current relative calm and stability in communities.
Akeredolu said the move by Miyetti Allah was an indication that the group was unbothered about the crimes perpetrated under the pretence of being herders.
While emphasizing that no bandit would be allowed to operate in the State under “any dubious guise”, he said the government has the “responsibility to implement the law for the benefit of the people of the state and those, who may share in their aspiration for development of their God-given space.”
“They claim to be above the law of any State in the Federation. They warn of the imminent breach of peace and promotion of pervasive anarchy if they are not allowed to ravage the sweat and toil of the long-suffering farmers who, apparently, don’t count for much in the scheme of things in their estimation.”
“No part of our land will be awarded to foreigners who adhere to a questionable regional protocol as proof of dispossession. Allow him to carry out his cultural customs on his father’s property. In Ondo State, people like him will not be allowed to operate with impunity. We will stand firm in our defense of our homeland.”