Socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s reaction to Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s order for unregistered herdsmen to vacate the state government reserves within seven days on Wednesday.
The condemnation is contained in a statement, titled “Ondo Forests” by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yinka Odumakin. Afenifere said “the regime had again shown its non-pretence as representing the Fulani interest above other tribes in the country.”
The statement said, “The intervention by what we mistakenly call the Federal Government of Nigeria on behalf of marauding Fulanis in Ondo State against the lawful government in that state did not come to Afenifere as a surprise as it is in line with the non-pretence by this regime that it represents only Fulani interests against those of Yoruba, Igbo, Junkun, Ijaw and other tribes in Nigeria.
“That the Federal Goverment and its minion, Garba Shehu, could only hear Ondo State when Governor Akeredolu was very loud and clear about herders to vacate forest reserves in the state is symptomatic that this government has a serious problem with heating the rest of us when the issue involves its anointed Fulanis.
“The Fulani criminals have caused untold hardships in Ondo State and other Yoruba towns and cities in recent time and only an irresponsible government that wants to behave like our Federal Government will continue to fold its arms.
“Are Ondo forest reserves under Ondo State Government or the Federal Government and Miyetti Allah? We agree with the Ondo State Goverment that the insensibility of Garba Shehu violates the corporate existence of Nigeria.”