The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has backed the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu; stating he has the constitutional right to give the notice to quit to illegal residents in the state’s forest reserves.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, January 20, Special Assistant on Media to Gani Adams, Mr. Kehinde Aderemi, said the Presidency had failed to address the security situation across the country.
Gani Adams stated, “Garba Shehu/Presidency apparently doesn’t know the meaning of forest reserves. It’s not accessible except to authorised personnel/loggers. Apart from the place being a place for valued cash trees; it also means a haven of safety for protected animals against poachers.
“The herdsmen living in the forests are not only unauthorised; but they also would likely cut down trees to make fires and must also kill animals for food.”
Three senior lawyers and groups, including Afenifere and the Yoruba Council of Elders, on Wednesday, also criticised the Presidency over its stand on the Ondo State Government’s ultimatum to herdsmen in the state’s forest reserves.
Oriental News Nigeria reports that Akeredolu on Monday ordered herdsmen to leave the state’s forest reserves; within seven days.
However, the Northern Elders’ Forum directed the Fulani herdsmen; to disregard the notice to quit forest reserves in the state.
Also, the Presidency, in a statement by the President’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, also faulted the governor, saying he should not act outside his constitutional powers.