Barely one week after the Fulani Socio-cultural group promised a Showdown with states who are implementing the Atiopen grazing law, the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has condemned the leadership of Miyetti Allah cattle breeders for asking the federal government and National Assembly to stop implementation of the law enacted in the state.
Dr. Dominic Odebowale, Special Duties & Strategy to the Governor in a statement says Akeredolu described the threat by the group of the herdsmen as unacceptable in a lawful society.
He vowed that the law would be implemented vigorously in Ondo state.
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.
The statement reads, “The Ondo State Government is in possession of a video clip of the press statement issued by the 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”.
“They claim to be above the law of any State in the Federation. They warn of the imminent breach of peace and promotion of pervasive anarchy, if they are not allowed to ravage the sweat and toil of the long-suffering farmers who, apparently, don’t count for much in the scheme of things in their estimation.
The statement said any ethnic group, truly indigenous to the geo-political space known as Nigeria, should not be desperate to appropriate other people’s lands to assuage banditry, rape and robbery.
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 noted that Saleh and his sponsors should be content with the resources within his local environment if he is indeed indigenous to Nigeria.