Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, says Ondo State Governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has the rights under the Nigerian constitution to order quit notice ultimatum to illegal residents in the state’s reserved forests.
Iba Gani Adams who stated this in Lagos, said it is the duty of the governor as the chief security officer of the state to protect the lives and property of residents in the state.
Governor Akeredolu had,on Monday, gave a seven-day ultimatum to herders to vacate the forests in the state following the growing insecurity allegedly perpetrated by the pastoralists.
But in a swift reaction, the presidency, in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to President on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, maintained that asking the herders to vacate the reserved forests could set off a chain of events which the constitution anticipated and tried to guard against.
But in a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr. Kehinde Aderemi, Aare Adams described Garba Shehu’s statement as a threat to the sanctity of the state, and a deliberate attempt to work against the state government’s interest, especially, on issue of security.
Iba Gani Adams who is from Akoko North West in Ondo state, said all reserved forests have been taken over illegally by these illegal residents, saying the governor’s decision is in the right direction and it is in the interest of the state.
He called on all Yoruba sons and daughters to support all the governors in the southwest in their fight against insurgency across the region.