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Southwest Governors Creating Problem For Tinubu’s 2023 Presidential Ambition —Miyetti Allah |The Republican News

By Kayode Oyero


One of the umbrella bodies of herdsmen in Nigeria, the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, says South-West governors, with their anti-herdsmen stance, are creating problem for the All Progressives Congress Chieftain, Bola Tinubu, and his rumoured presidential ambition in 2023.

Spokesman for the group, Saleh Alhassan, spoke on Wednesday while featuring on PUNCH Online interview programme, The Roundtable.

Of late, nomadic herders in parts of the country, especially in the South-West geopolitical zone, have been accused of trespassing on farmlands of host farmers with their cattle. Farm produce worth millions of naira have been destroyed in the last few months. Some herders have also been accused of raping women in host communities, kidnapping the rich and in some cases, killing host residents, amongst other unprintable crimes.

Governors in the zone under the aegis of the South-West Governors’ Forum chaired by Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, have come up with many proposed solutions including prohibition of open grazing, night grazing, under-age grazing, amongst others.

Many leaders in Yorubaland including leader of socio-political group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, had also said Tinubu was afraid to speak on the herders crisis because he does not want to jeopardise his 2023 presidential ambition and because he does not want to offend the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.).

But the former Lagos State governor broke his silence on the matter on March 13, 2021 in a statement titled, ‘Tinubu’s Statement On The Herder Crisis’.

In the statement made available to The PUNCH, the former Lagos State governor urged state governments to convert unoccupied public lands to ranches for herdsmen.

Reacting to the proposed idea by Tinubu as a way of solving the near-perennial farmers-herders crisis rocking the nation, the Miyetti Allah spokesman lauded the idea but said the country was not yet ready to embrace or implement “progressive solutions”.

Alhassan said, “I sympathise with him (Tinubu) because if he says more than what he is saying, they will say may be he is pushing for his presidential ambition. That is why he takes time before he even respond but I expected him to call all his political godsons —who are governors —  that are causing this confusion to order. He should call them and say, ‘Hey, when I become president, I will solve this problem for us’ (and) not to create problem for him, for his ambition.”

When asked whether the farmers-herders crisis could affect the political ambition of Tinubu, Alhassan alleged, “When you have a group of people attacking citizens, does it translate to political love? When you have the supposed Amotekun joining militants to attack traders in Shasha (in Oyo State), burn their properties, does it give a good political value to whoever wants to get support from those people?”

He also said the crisis was being exaggerated to score political points, adding that the Fulani herders who are of the same ethnic stock as the President are not enjoying any special preference or benefits from the Buhari regime.

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Withdraw Eviction Notice, Compensate Fulani, Arewa Youths Tell Akeredolu |The Republican News

Oyo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu

By Ibrahim HassanWuyo

National President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Alhaji Shettima Yerima has admonished the governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu, to rescind the quit order he earlier gave the Fulani residing in his state and compensate those who fell victim of the attack on Fulani communities in the southwest state.

Yerima said in Kaduna on Sunday that the quit notice order by the Governor of Ondo State Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN and subsequent attack and destruction of property in Oyo were not only worrisome but disturbing.

“Let it be known that the constitution of Nigeria guarantees every Nigerian to live in any part of this country and free to engage in any legitimate business of his or her choice,  the Governor of Ondo State being a learned person is expected to know better.

AYCF will not support any group that engages in any form of criminality and such People should not be identified by their religion, tribe or ethnicity but should be treated as a criminal.”

“The subsequent attack that followed the quit notice in Oyo state is rather uncalled for and condemnable’. The perpetrators must be brought to book and made to face the full wrath of the law.

“AYCF supports constitutional ways of every state protecting her citizens but quit notice should be out of it and must not be considered under any circumstance.

“Nigeria is an indivisible entity and whatever has the tendency like happenings in Ondo and Oyo must be discouraged in the interest of peaceful coexistence and one Nigeria.

I call on the Government of Ondo and Oyo states to give peace a chance and rescind the quit notice order while those whose Property has been destroyed should be compensated accordingly.”

“Finally, we must guide against any act that will create a war-like situation in Nigeria, we must learn from mistakes of the past and avoid a repeat because it’s consequences may be unimaginable,’ he said.

In a related development, National President of the Arewa Youth Forum, AYF, Gambo Gujungu and former Secretary General of the Arewa Consultative Forum, ACF, Mr Anthony Sani, has sued for peace and called on the authorities in Ondo state to abide by the constitution.

“As a lawyer, the Governor of Ondo state knows very well that law-abiding citizens are free to stay anywhere in Nigeria without any intimidation.

“So unless if there is a hidden agenda, Fulani herders or any other Nigerian for that matter, should not be given an ultimatum to leave. Doing so is setting a precedence that might not augur well, in the long run,”

Alhaji Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu, National President of Arewa Youth forum,AYF,has said.

Anthony N Z Sani, immediate past Secretary of ACF, told Vanguard that; “I share the concern of Ondo state Governor about the prevalent insecurity perpetrated by criminal elements who go by the name of kidnappers and armed robbery in his state, and his determination to rid the state of crimes, considering his place in the state as Chief Security officer.”

“But in doing so, he should be cautious in his approaches lest he creates more problems. For example, his order to herders to leave the forest within seven days amounts to ethnic profiling of the crimes with attendant implications and effects.

“Such unhinged generalization tends to provide platforms for criminals to hide and prostrate crimes, since it is hard to prosecute ethnicity, religion or occupation, going by our constitution.

“That may explain what the Federal Government is saying, that any actions that would aggravate the insecurity and go against the constitution is counterproductive and should be avoided.

“The best approaches are therefore for the authorities to use intelligence community and fish out criminal elements of the society and treat them as such in order to deter future occurrence.” (Vanguard News)

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Insecurity: Akeredolu Gives Fulani Herdsmen 7-day Ultimatum To Vacate Forests, Bans Night Grazing |RN

Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu in Amotekun uniform, gives Fulani herdsmen 7-days to vacate forests, bans night grazing

By Abolaji Adebayo

Ondo State governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has given the Fulani herdsmen and all other herders in the state seven days ultimatum to vacate forest reserves while banning night grazing.

The Governor said the steps were taken in order to address the root cause of kidnapping, in particular, and other nefarious activities detailed and documented in security reports, the press and debriefings from victims of kidnap cases in Ondo State.

He said the unfortunate incidents are traceable to the activities of some bad elements masquerading as herdsmen.

A statement said the felons have turned the forest reserves into hideouts for keeping victims of kidnapping, negotiating for ransom and carrying out other criminal activities.

The statement read in part: “All Forest Reserves in the State are to be vacated by herdsmen within the next 7 days with effect from today, Monday 18th January, 2021.

“Night-grazing is banned with immediate effect because most farm destruction takes place at night.

“Movement of cattle within cities and highways is prohibited.

“Under-aged grazing of cattle is outlawed. Our resolution to guarantee safety of lives and property within the State shall remain utmost as security agencies have been directed to enforce the ban.

“In its usual magnanimity, our administration will give a grace period of seven days for those who wish to carry on with their cattle-rearing business to register with appropriate authorities.”

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BREAKING: Appeal Court Stops Akeredolu From Sacking LG Chairmen, Councillors

BREAKING: Appeal court stops Akeredolu from sacking LG chairmen, councillors

Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu

Akure Division of the Court of Appeal has restrained Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, from removing or sacking chairmen and councillors in the 18 local government areas of the state.

The chairmen and councillors of the councils were sued by the All Progressives Congress (APC) during the administration of former Governor Olusegun Mimiko.

At the resumed hearing of the case, counsel to governor Akeredolu, Mr Charles Titiloye, told the court that his client was not aware of the order of the High Court restraining him from dissolving the councils or of the appeal supposedly filed by him.

Titiloye noted that the state’s solicitor general was in court, to demonstrate how concerned the governor was, over the suit. The solicitor general subsequently rose up to confirm his presence, while the 18 council chairmen and councillors were represented by their counsel, Mr Olusola Oke.

The governor’s counsel pleaded for adjournment to enable his client study the case, being a lawyer himself.  (Authority)

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Fayose Attends Akeredolu’s Inauguration, Emphasises Yoruba Unity

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Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, on Friday said the welfare and unity of Yoruba people were important for anybody to play politics with.
The governor, who spoke in Akure, during the inauguration of the new Ondo Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), said being a leader of the Peoples Democratic Party should not stop him from attending the inauguration of an All Progressives Congress’ governor.
Fayose in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi, said such an occasion was a national one that well-meaning people should identify with.
‎”This is a Nigerian affair. When a governor is sworn in we have to support him.‎ We are talking about regional integration and unity and Akeredolu is one of us.‎ We have to support him and electioneering has come and gone and a winner has emerged and we have to work together in the spirit of the people of our region.
“We cannot play politics with the welfare of the people of our region. We have to support Akeredolu to make the difference.‎ This is a matter of the Yoruba nation and after Nigeria, the Yoruba nation comes first‎. We don’t need to play politics with the welfare of Yoruba people,” he said.
On whether he was planning to join the APC, the governor said nothing of such was in the offing.
“I am the main issue of the APC. They don’t have my size. They are wearing babariga and they don’t have the size of my cloth. The other time we gave them 16-0 and this time around, if it possible to get a local government from another state, we will give them 17-0‎ in the 2018 governorship election,” he added.
( Punchng.com)

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