Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has carpeted the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association for asking the federal government and National Assembly to stop the implementation of anti-open grazing law enacted in the state.
Akeredolu, who vowed that the law would be vigorously implemented in the state, noted that his administration would not allow any bandit to operate in the state under any dubious guise.
The governor, through his senior special assistant on Special Duties and Strategy, Dr Doyin Odebowale, described the threat by the group of the herdsmen as “unacceptable in a lawful society.”
According to him, “This is uncouth, uncultured and evidently deracinated vagrant, left no one in doubt as regards the level of support certain criminal elements enjoy deplorably.”
Akeredolu said the secretary of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, Saleh Hassan, admitted without qualms, that members of his association had been frustrated to the point of taking to banditry and other forms of criminality to ‘fight poverty’.
He said, “Saleh and his sponsors should be content with the resources within his local environment if he is indeed indigenous to Nigeria. No part of our land will be given to foreigners who cling to a dubious regional protocol as an instrument validating dispossession.
“Let him practise his cultural practices on his father’s land. His likes will not be permitted to operate with impunity in Ondo State. We will defend our land.”