Insists on proscription of armed Fulani group
Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has accused his political opponents of attempt to incite the people against his government, re-affirming that he was not aware of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) enlistment as vigilantes in the state.
This was contained in a statement made available to journalists in Akure yesterday by the Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo, who said the government promptly reacted to the situation.
There was a widespread outcry over the co-option of MACBAN Fulani herdsmen as vigilante, who were armed and with ID card in Akoko area of the state on Monday.
But Ojogo said: “An orchestrated campaign in respect of the above subject matter. The intention of the sponsors and their echoers is undoubtedly to discredit the administration of Governor Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu (SAN) and ostensibly incite the people against the Ondo State government.
“It is pertinent to recall that upon the circulation of the story in the social media about the purported formation of an armed vigilance group by the Miyetti Allah, Governor Akeredolu was swift in his reaction to the development. Not only did he disown the move, if at all.
“At the risk of repeating himself, Governor Akeredolu re-affirmed the position of government on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 when he was accosted by reporters who sought further information on the matter.”
According to him, the leadership of the Miyetti Allah in the state has equally disowned the report and even provided further insights into actionable steps to deal with whoever conducts self in a manner that do not conform with the position of government.
“Succinctly therefore, the scheming media spins on the issue can only be the handiwork of divisive elements and their collaborators whose defeated desire is to de-market the Ondo State government through unfounded claims and gross mischief.
“The position of Governor Akeredolu on this matter stands. Government will not allow armed Fulani vigilante in any part of Ondo State,” he said.