Olaleye Idowu

The Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Akeredolu has replied to his counterpart from Kaduna, Governor El-Rufai over his statement on open grazing Law, saying a statement coming from a leader remains a ploy to Externalize Banditry.

El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State was quoted as saying the “decision of some southern states in subscribing to Anti-open grazing law was unrealistic

But the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu in a statement by the state Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr Donald Ojogo, said such a statement should not have come from a leader.

In the statement titled, ‘Anti-open grazing: El-Rufai’s attack on southern governors devious, a hysteric ploy to externalise banditry’,  Akeredolu reiterated that the anti-open grazing law, especially in Ondo State, had come to stay, saying, “It shall be zealously guarded and conscionably deployed to protect all residents of Ondo State, notwithstanding their ethnic and religious biases.”

The statement read, “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.

“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.”

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