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Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to demonstrate to Nigerians that he does not support killer herdsmen and other criminal activities in Nigeria.
Akeredolu said this on Monday night at an interview on Channels Television, which was monitored by TheNewspad.com
According to him, “What we expect from Mr. President is for him to come out and let Nigerians know that he does not support criminality.
“He once said if you find anybody with arms without a license, they should be arrested. Security agencies must be at work without rest… Everyone has said no to open grazing, then the law should follow”, he said.
The Governor, expressed shock that most of the killer herders perpetrating criminal activities speak common language according to the debriefing from kidnapped victims.
“Most of them were speaking “Fulfulde” language which is Fula or Fulani that is spoken by people in West Africa.
The language, is widely spoken in Guinea, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Senegambia, Sudan, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Chad, Ghana, Liberia, Benin, Chad, Togo, Gabon, Congo and Cameroon either as a first or second language.
Akeredolu also berated Bauchi Governor Bala Mohammed for saying herdsmen were carrying AK-47 for self-defence, addi g that Governor Mohammed did not speak like a “statesman”.
“Bala Mohammed has not spoken like a statesman, how can you come out to say people should come out and carry firearms (AK-47) when it is illegal, people are not licensed to carry guns?
“Bala Mohammed has only added more petrol to the fire. No governor should speak that way, so I should ask my people to carry guns? Statements like that must be condemned and I condemn it.”
Akeredolu, Chairman of South West APC Governors Forum, described the interventions of popular Islamic Cleric, Sheikh Gumi and the Yoruba youth Leader, Mr. Sunday Igboho on the herders and farmers clashes as a child of necessity.
“Sunday Igboho is a child of circumstance and we must look at the circumstances that led to his intervention.
“I do not support people taking law into their hands. I do not support illegality. Those circumstances might not be legal, but when you look at it is just based on circumstances”, according to him.