The Federal Government has urged Nigerians to exercise restraint following the brewing conflict in the northern regions of Oyo State, as well as the tension in Ondo State. This is contained in a statement signed by the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, and shared on his official Twitter handle.
A part of the statement which has now been deleted says “the Federal Government is moving in quickly to bring state, community, security, traditional institutions, religious organizations and youth groups into a purposeful dialogue that will bring effective resolutions to the problem within constitutional and legal frameworks.”
Another part says, “Let us all try to be our brother’s keeper and work towards building a peaceful community that works for all irrespective of ethnicity, religion and other forms of differences.”
Newsmen reported that the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, issued a seven-day ultimatum for herdsmen to vacate the forest reserves in the state. He gave the order as part of major steps taken at addressing the root cause of kidnapping and other nefarious activities in the state.
In a statement he issued, the Governor said the forests have been turned into a place for felons to carry out their criminal activities.
News Correspondents also reported that violence erupted in Igangan in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State on Friday when residents stormed the home of the Seriki Fulani, Salihu Abdukadir, to eject him and some other herdsmen accused of fuelling security problems in the area.