El-Rufai escalating, trying to export banditry to South — Akeredolu

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The governor of Ondo State, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has accused the Kaduna State governor, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai of escalating and externalising banditry in the country.

Akeredolu, who is also the chairman of Southern Governors Forum, made the remarks on Wednesday in a statement signed by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo.

Governor El-Rufai had, in a statement, lashed out against Southern Governors for signing into law anti-open grazing bills.

Reacting, Akeredolu said El-Rufai was trying to export banditry to the South, adding that anyone who made such statement credited to El-Rufai belonged to a class of an unenviable ilk masquerading as leaders.

He noted that there was no wisdom in condemning/banning open grazing, prohibiting inter border movement of cattle in the North, including Kaduna, with accompanying disapproval of a Law that gives bite to same, in another part of the country.

He said: “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.

“For emphasis, any such comment like that of the Kaduna Governor, if indeed he made that statement, merely seeks to encourage anarchy under the guise “of resentment of a Law by affected stakeholders.

“In order words, it is a cleverly crafted path towards replicating in the South, the most despicable situation in the North that Nigerians of goodwill daily pray to overcome.

“It’s a ploy beyond the ordinary.

“It must, however, be noted that the Anti-Grazing Law, especially in Ondo State, has come to stay.

“It shall be zealously guarded and conscionably deployed to protect all residents of Ondo State, notwithstanding their ethnic and religious biases.

“Those who have nothing evil to perpetrate have nothing to fear as regards the Law.”

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