The Presidency has condemned an order given by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu that herdsmen should vacate the forest reserves in Ondo State.
Recall that Governor Akeredolu had given herdsmen seven days ultimatum to vacate all forest reserves due to the high rate of kidnapping in the state.
Akeredolu said as the Chief Law and Security Officer of the state, it was his constitutional responsibility to do everything lawful to protect the lives and property of all Ondo residents.
But reacting in a statement issued on Tuesday, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu faulted the quit notice given by the governor.
Shehu said that the presidency had carefully monitored events occurring in Ondo and called for the leadership of the Fulani communities to continue their dialogue for a good understanding that would bring an urgent end to the nightmarish security challenges.
The Presidency said although Akeredolu with his pedigree and first four years as governor fought crime with passion, but couldn’t have asked the herders to leave the state in a jiffy because of infiltration of the forests by criminals.