Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has reacted to the statement made by the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu, on the decision of the Southern Governors’ Forum on the open grazing.
Akeredolu said the presidential aide lacks the authority to make such policy statements for the Federal Government.
Speaking through his Senior Special Assistant on Special Duties, Doyin Odebowale, the governor warned the Presidential aide and his cohorts to desist from hurling insults at the elected representatives of the people.
According to him, the President’s aide lacks the authority to make such policy statements for the Federal Government and has failed to provide the solution to the farmers/ herders crisis, which has bedevilled the nation for years.
The statement read, “Mr Garba Shehu just released a press statement purporting to represent the position of President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, on the farmer-herder “clashes” and what he termed as “Deep Rooted Solutions” to the herdsmen attacks.
“He also attributed a unilateral decision to the President who clears the way for ranching and revival of forest reserves” as part of the permanent solution to the frequent clashes between them, as well as the associated problem of the gun-wielding killer-herdsmen.”
Newsmirrorng recalled that the 17 Southern Governors Forum had placed a ban on the open grazing and also made a call for restructuring.
They had also recommended that the Federal Government should support willing states to develop alternative and modern livestock management systems.