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Galadima Reacts To Akeredolu’s Herdsmen Eviction

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(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The National Chairman of a faction of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Engr. Buba Galadima has berated the Ondo State governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu for issuing eviction notice to Fulani herdsmen in Ondo forest reserve.

Galadima disclosed this on Wednesday when he appeared on AIT saying that there is no law that permits the governor to issue an eviction notice on Fulani herders saying that the statement of the governor was a show of ignorance as the forest reserve belongs to the Federal government.

He said: “Governor Akeredolu of Ondo State who calls himself a SAN is an educated illiterate. He shouldn’t be giving such orders in the first place. All Nigerians are free to live in any part of Nigeria.

“It should be that any group of people living in any part of the country should be protected at all costs irrespective of their tribe, ethnicity or religion.

“So also, the Fulani or any other tribe, be it in Ondo, they are under the protection of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Who owns the forest reserves? Who gazetted the ownership of the forest reserve? It was gazetted by the then colonial masters. Once, it is gazetted, it is a Federal land and even if for instance, it is Ondo land, Nigerians are free to carry out businesses in any part of the country.

Speaking about the Land Use Act 1976 says, Galadinma stated that lands are vested in governors of various States to hold in trust for the people.

 “You see, there are certain things you do; you play the law; you play morality, and you play unity. On this issue, Ondo State governor is supposed to play unity and it’s wrong to declare a certain ethnic group ‘persona non-grata’ in a certain area of your State.”


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