The Presidency has faulted the vacation order given to the herdsmen in Ondo state to vacate the forest. The order was given by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu some days ago, for their nefarious activities been allegedly carried out by the headsmen in the state.
The presidency in a statement on Tuesday issued by the special assistance to the President Garba Shehu said the presidency is has been monitoring the events in regards to the headers and their host community in Ondo state.
He said what is happening in Ondo state is lack of proper communication between both parties, the presidency called for both side to have a restraint and maintain decorum as both parties engaged in deeper dialogue.
The presidency urged the state government and the Fulani community to engage more in dialogue for proper understanding in order to found a lasting solution’s to the security challenges facing the state.
Garba shehu said the ondo state governor has fought crime in his state with passion and commitment, also when he was the president of Nigeria bar association as a senior advocate of Nigeria.
“It will be the least expected to unilaterally oust thousands of herders who have lived all their lives in the state on account of the infiltration of the forests by criminals.
“If this were to be the case, rights groups will be right in expressing worries that the action could set off a chain of events which the makers of our constitution foresaw and tried to guard against.
“We want to make it clear that kidnapping, banditry and rustling are crimes, no matter the motive or who is involved. But, to define crime from the nameplates, as a number of commentators have erroneously done- which group they belong to, the language they speak, their geographical location or their faith is atavistic and cruel.
“We need to delink terrorism and crimes from ethnicity, geographical origins and religion—to isolate the criminals who use this interchange of arguments to hinder law enforcement efforts as the only way to deal effectively with them.
“The President, who swore to defend the constitution has spoken against the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in asking citizens of Northern origin to leave; he did not spare the group based in Sokoto, ‘Muslim Solidarity Forum,’ which asked the Bishop of Sokoto to leave and is prepared to do all that the law permits to protect citizens all over the country in their choice of where they wished to reside and are treated as equal citizens.”
He further said a clear dichotomy most be draw between crime and criminalities, that the federal government will do all within her constitutional power to protect every citizens.