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The Leadership of Ondo State Youth Network, a coordinated group of Youth and Students Leaders across Ondo State have thrown it’s full weight behind Governor Akeredolu pronouncement ordering herdsmen to vacate Ondo state within seven days effective Monday 18, 2021.
It will be recalled that Gov. Akeredolu on Monday via a press release ordered Herdsmen to vacate all forest reserves in the state and also outlawed Under-age grazing, Night-grazing and also banned the movement of Cattle within the cities and highways of the state.
However, the Presidency, through the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity on Tuesday condemned this Order, insisting that the Governor should not enforce such order.
Speaking to news reporters on this development on Tuesday evening, the Public Relations Officer of the Ondo State Youth Network, Mr. Oluwatosin Akinbulumo stated that the leadership of the network and all her members are in total support of the Governor’s order as it is a sacred steps towards ensuring the safety of residents of the state and their properties.
“Our forests have become haven to evil kidnappers and one of the deadliest terrorist group in the world causing great havoc on innocent citizens of the state and commuters. The Governor’s order is a welcome development which will serve as a pedestal towards the cleansing of our forest off these demonic agents”.
“As a development-oriented youth group, we believe assured security is an important catalyst for growth and sustainability, and we can’t afford to fold our hands and allow some those evil agents jeopardize the peace and tranquility we enjoy in Ondo State”.
Mr. Oluwatosin further stated that the youth group is ready to mobilize young men and women of the state to defend the borders of the state if the State Government is cowed by the Presidency and end up not enforcing the earlier announced order. He said, “We will not hesitate to mobilize heavily to confront these killers masquerading as herdsmen if the Governor refuse to ‘do the talk’, and ensure they vacate our forest and highways within the seven days ultimatum announced by the Governor”.
The PRO of the network also encouraged other State Governors in Southwest to follow in the path of Gov. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, “These Herdsmen are allover Southwest, from Saki in Oyo State to Shagamu in Ogun State, they are everywhere and have found refuge in our forest reserves from where they perpetrate the heinous acts causing havoc on our people. Our Governors must unite to ensure the peace we enjoy in Southwest remain nonnegotiable”, he said.
Akeredolu’s order was in response to the killings and kidnappings happening in the state, which have largely been blamed on Fulani herdsmen through reported stories of victims and survivors of their brutality.