Governor Kayode Fayemi has clarified the quit notice allegedly issued to Fulani Herders by Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State.
Fayemi noted that the Ultimatum announced by the Ondo State Government only affect illegal occupants of the forest reserves in the state and not an eviction notice against all Fulani Herdsmen (read more here).
The Governor clarified the reported quit notice during a meeting with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), security agencies and other stakeholders.
He described the Ultimatum as an opportunity for illegal herders to register themselves, adding that some legitimate Fulani herders were victims of crimes and criminalities.
Quit Notice To Fulani Herdsmen
However, Fayemi advised against focusing on criminals’ ethnicity but apprehend and treat criminals according to the constitution.
According to Governor Fayemi, some of the causes of crimes in the south-west may be beyond the Fulani herders.
He emphasised the need to focus on waging war against banditry, kidnapping and other forms of insecurity instead of engaging in ethnic labelling or profiling.
Earlier, a former Executive Secretary of the National Health Insurance Scheme, Usman Yusuf had described Akeredolu’s Ultimatum to Fulani herders as irresponsible.
He opined that crimes and issues within the state should be settled and not by issuing quit notices to a section of the country’s ethnic group.