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El-Rufai’s Attack On Southern Govs Over Anti Open Grazing Law Plot To Externalise Banditry, Says Akeredolu


The Chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on Wednesday, blasted Governor Nasir el-Rufai for his attack on southern governors as a result of their stand on open grazing.

El-Rufai had mocked his southern counterparts over their position on open grazing by Fulani herders.

Akeredolu accused the Kaduna State governor of a hysteric ploy to externalise banditry with his attack on his southern colleagues.

Akeredolu in a statement issued by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, said anyone making such statement made by the Kaduna State governor should be classified as “unenviable ilk masquerading as a leader.”

He added that El-Rufai’s statement was capable of encouraging anarchy under the guise “of resentment of a law by affected stakeholders.”

The statement partly reads: “From all indications, Governor Nasir el-Rufai, if he was properly quoted and his views not misrepresented, is struggling hard to export banditry to the South under an expressed opinion that is laced with mischief.

“Perhaps, it is apt to state clearly that the likes of Governor El-Rufai are already in a hysteric ‘mode’ of escalating and indeed, externalising banditry, especially as the military onslaught against criminal elements and other terror variants suffices in the North.”


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