Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has condemned the leadership of the Mayetti Allah cattle breeders for asking the federal government and the National Assembly to halt the implementation of the state’s anti-open grazing law.
In a statement issued by his Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr. Doyin Odebowale, Akeredolu, the Governor described the threat by the herdsmen group as unacceptable in a lawful society.
According to him, the statement made by the association of cattle breeders, Miyetti Allah Kataul Hore, through its secretary, one Saleh Hassan in a video is uncouth, uncultured and, evidently, deracinated vagrant.
The statement reads, “The Ondo State Government is in possession of a video clip of the press statement issued by a so called association of cattle breeders, Miyetti Allah Kataul Hore, through its secretary, one Saleh Hassan. This uncouth, uncultured and, evidently, deracinated vagrant, left no one in doubt as regards the level of support certain criminal elements, like he, enjoy, deplorably.
“This man admits, without qualms, that members of his association have been frustrated to the point of taking to banditry and other forms of criminality to “fight poverty”. He makes too much weather of a cultural practice associated with an ethnic group and expects all other ethnic groups to accept such backwardness and adjust, accordingly, or be ready to face the ceaseless onslaught of the denizens of the forests, even those from other countries, who must rape, rob, maim, kill and despoil in response to “climate change”.
Akeredolu added that the state is not prepared to cede any part of the ancestral heritage to enjoy “peace and progress” offered by associations of bandits, robbers, kidnappers and rapists.
He said that Saleh and his sponsors should be content with the resources within his local environment if he is indeed indigenous to Nigeria.
The Governor stated that no bandit will be operating in the state, assuring that the law would be implemented vigorously in Ondo state.