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Miyetti Allah to meet with Southwest Governors over ultimatum on Ondo State forest Reserve

Southwest governors and the leadership of Miyetti Allah are set to meet on Monday January 25, as Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s ultimatum for herdsmen to vacate forest reserves in Ondo state expires.

The meeting which is going to be held in Akure, the state capital, is meant to seek out lasting solutions to the incessant killings, kidnapping, and crises between herdsmen and farmers within the region.

The Nation reported that the Presidency directed the leadership of Miyetti Allah to hold the meeting with governors of the region. 

A media aide to one of the Southwest governors who preferred anonymity, told reporters in Akure that his boss would attend the meeting.

He said;
The whole thing was about the misperception. We all know the Presidency misinterpreted the Ondo State government’s directive. They took it to mean a complete action which intended to clear the state of all herders.

And while admitting that the spokesman to Mr President acted hastily and without proper authorisation, they (Presidency) have reached out to other governors to facilitate a meeting where the leadership of Miyyetti Allah would likely plead for time to suits the directive.

My principal is involved and really concerned too because this is often a Yoruba matter and not a private issue between Aketi and the herders. So we are coming to Akure for the meeting tomorrow at 12. 

We need to give the honour to our chairman, the governor of Ondo State who is even leading the fight against insecurity in the region.

Ondo Commissioner for Information and Orientation Donald Ojogo said meetings weren't unusual. He also disclosed that the meeting would hold by 12:00 noon today.

Ojogo said;
Well, meetings of that nature, if true, are not unusual. We are all in it together. No ethnos or a specific trade is the target of the government order. So it'll be a welcome development if the meeting is holding. there's nothing too unusual about it.

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