NORTHERN ELDERS FORUM, ASKS HERDERS IN ONDO STATE NOT TO LEAVE ONDO FORESTS.
Written by wave FM on January 21, 2021
The Northern Elders Forum, NEF, has told herders in Ondo State to remain in their locations and reject any move to label them as criminals.
Spokesman of the forum, HAKEEM BABA-AHMED, in a statement, asked the Ondo State Governor, ROTIMI AKEREDOLU, to stop the ultimatum given to herders to vacate forest reserves in the State.
BABA-AHMED noted that the governor’s order was provocative and unhelpful.
The Northern Elders Forum explained that the Fulani would not accept unfair treatment, asking the Governor to separate criminals and treat them as such.
Meanwhile, scores of farmers, forest guards and the members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers in Ondo State have staged a protest against the incessant abduction of their members allegedly by some gunmen suspected to be herdsmen.
The protesters also said they were in support of the order of Governor ROTIMI AKEREDOLU to eject the herdsmen from all the forest reserves in the state.
They said they threw their weight behind the AKEREDOLU’S order as it was made in the interest of the security of lives and properties of the people of the state.
The protesters, who carried placards with various inscriptions, said if the current state of insecurity was not quickly checked, it might lead to chaos and famine in the state