Southwest governors, Miyetti Allah meet over Akeredolu’s ultimatum on forest reserves

Southwest governors and the leadership of Miyetti Allah are poised to meet on Monday to deliberate on Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s order to herdsmen to vacate forest reserves.

Akeredolu had last Monday issued a seven-day ultimatum to herdsmen in the forest reserves to leave the area as part of measures to curb kidnappings and banditry.

But, the presidency through Garba Shehu reacted to the directive, describing it as illegal.

The Nation reports that the national leadership of the Miyetti Allah was already in Akure, the state capital, ahead of the meeting.

On the Southwest governors’ meeting, Ondo Commissioner for Information and Orientation Donald Ojogo said meetings were not unusual.

“Well, meetings of that nature, if true, are not unusual. We are all in it together. No ethnic group or a particular trade is the target of the government order. So, it will be a welcome development if the meeting is holding. There is nothing too unusual about it,” he said.

Ondo Chairman of the Miyetti Allah Alhaji Mohammed Bello confirmed the meeting.

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