Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Wednesday dared the leadership of Miyetti Allah Katau Hore over threat of war against southern Nigeria, as well as urging the Federal Government to stop the implementation of the anti-open grazing law enacted in Ondo and other states in the South.
Governor Akeredolu in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant (SSA) on Special Duties and Strategy, Doyin Odebowale, noted that the threat by the Miyetti Allah Katau Hore is unacceptable in a lawful society. The governor insisted that the law would be implemented vigorously in Ondo State, declaring that the comments made by the Miyetti Allah Katau Hore, through its secretary, Saleh Hassan, in a video were uncouth and uncultured.
Governor Akeredolu asserted that Ondo State is not prepared to cede any part of the ancestral heritage to enjoy “peace and progress” offered by associations of bandits, robbers, kidnappers, and rapists.
He noted that any ethnic group, truly indigenous to the geo-political space known as Nigeria, should not be desperate to appropriate other people’s lands to assuage banditry, rape, and robbery.
The governor said that Saleh and his sponsors should be content with the resources within his local environment if he is, indeed, indigenous to Nigeria.
Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore leaders had on Tuesday opposed the signing of anti-grazing bills into law by state governments in Nigeria.
Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore National Secretary, Saleh Alhassan, at an international Media conference in Abuja, declared that they will take lands by force for grazing. Accordingly, the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, threatened that they are ready for a showdown with any state governor operating anti-grazing law.