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Buhari Challenged To Prove Stance on Criminality

South-West Governors in Nigeria have challenged President Muhammed Buhari to let Nigerians know that he does not support criminality.

The Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu said this in an interview with Channels Television on Tuesday.

Akeredolu stated that “He (Buhari) once said, if you find anybody with arms without a license, they should be arrested. Security agencies must be at work without rest.

“Everyone has said no to open grazing, then the law should follow.”

Speaking on the Yoruba rights activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho, Akeredolu described him as ” a child of circumstance, and we must look at the circumstances that led to his intervention.

“I do not support people taking law into their hands. I do not support illegality. Those circumstances might not be legal, but when you look at it, you’ll know we are a child of circumstance.”

The Ondo state governor said most of the criminal herdsmen caught in Ondo State were speaking “Fulfulde”.

“Essentially in Ondo State is our discovery of criminal herdsmen who were using our forest reserve to perpetrate crimes and we said look we cannot stay by and watch things happen this way.

“If you’re not licensed to be in the forest, then you’ll be taken to be doing illegal ventures, that’s where we stand.

“My duty does not include profiling those who come into the country, but all I know is that those perpetrating these crimes speak a common language.

“Whether they are foreigners or from here, it is a matter of police to go after them and identify them..

“One of our major problems is when we have issues of this nature, and we have Miyeti Allah, If they are not your members, there is no need to defend them.

On the justification of the statement attributed to the Bauchi State governor, Bala Muhammed that herdsmen carry arms for safety, Akeredolu said ” Bala Mohammed has not spoken like a statesman, adding that; “Bala Mohammed has only added more petrol to the fire. No governor should speak that way, so I should ask my people to carry guns? Statements like that must be condemned and I condemn it.”

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