The Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, on Wednesday, condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s place on the directive of Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu asking unregistered herdsmen to vacate the state authorities reserves inside seven days.
The group in an announcement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yinka Odumakin, titled “Ondo Forests: Fulani Presidency Again,” stated the administration had once more proven its non-pretence as representing the Fulani interest above different tribes within the nation.
Killer herdsmen maintain sway within the state and the governor on Tuesday additionally banned underage grazing, night time grazing, motion of cattle inside the cities and highways.
But an announcement swiftly let go by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, on Tuesday, said that the President referred to as for restraint on the matter by each the state authorities and the Fulani communities.
Afenifere stated, “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 administration 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.”
The group questioned what the administration had accomplished to provide an assurance it might defend the lives of individuals within the South-West.
It added, “What has this government done to assure our people that it can protect our lives with the open murders of Mrs Funke Olakunri, the Olufon of Ifon and the Deputy Registrar of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, among many others?
“The lives of our people and other non-Fulani communities are daily being taken by local and foreign Fulani bandits without any sign that these lives matter to the government with its desire to shield the Fulanis from the laws.
“Nobody would ever have believed that it would get to this irresponsible stage that the Federal Government will one come to this barbaric level Garba Shehu has taken it and the peak of their direct salvos against Amotekun since it started.”
Afenifere additionally urged all true-born Yoruba to face behind Akeredolu in these making an attempt occasions for him to do all inside the legislation to rid Ondo forests of criminals.
It additionally urged different governors within the South-West to emulate Akeredolu and “free our land from the Fulani who have surrounded us with the shield of the Federal Government.”
“Let them declare open war on behalf of the Fulani and our ancestors will all wake up in their graves,” it said.