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Buhari Meets Ooni, Makinde, Akeredolu

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Ganiyat Ganiyu 

President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, met separately with Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State at the Presidential villa, Abuja.

The closed-door meetings was unconnected to the issues of insecurity in their respective pstates, especially the herdsmen crisis.

Buhari had on Tuesday night met with the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, over the brewing ethnic crisis in Yorubaland.

Governor Makinde while addressing State House Correspondents at the end of the meeting said he came to brief Buhari on the security situation in his state.

He said, “There has been a lot of fake news all around and I wanted to be sure that Mr. President clearly have first hand information from me, which I did. We also exchanged ideas on what we need to do better, some of the programmes we have put in place to ensure that this security issue is tackled. So, that’s basically why I came here.

“One of the issues I discussed with Mr. President is that Oyo State land mass is quite big, Oyo State is close to 29,000 square kilometers. If you take all the states in the south east geo-political zone of Nigeria, they are still not as big as Oyo State. And the state right now only has two Mobile Police Squadrons.

“So, I requested for more Mobile Police Squadrons to be deployed to Oyo State and also ask for support for the joint security outfit because, the underlying issue here also has to do with limited opportunities.

“The tension will definitely go down if a lot of our youths are gainfully employed. So, I briefed the president on what we are doing in that regard.”

When asked about his disagreement with Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho, on the ultimatum for Fulanis to leave Oyo State, the governor explained:

“Well, we have a history of living together peacefully amongst all the ethnic groups that are present in Oyo State.

“For instance, what triggered all of this was that Dr. Aborede was brutally murdered, that is criminal, but on the other hand, Seriki, Alhaji Kabir has been staying in that same place for 40 years.

“So, quite frankly, the people we are after are criminals. They are the bandits, hoodlums, armed robbers, kidnappers. Those are the true enemy of the state and those are the people we will go after.

“The Constitution of Nigeria guarantees that you can live in any part of Nigeria, you just have to be law abiding, obey the local laws in such areas. That is what we are pushing and will continue to push as a government.”

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