Ondo State Governor, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu, has hit hard at his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir el-Rufai, accusing him of trying to export banditry to the southern part of the country.
Akeredolu was reacting to comments by el-Rufai that the anti-open grazing laws being signed by governors of southern states was not implementable.
Akeredolu, in a statement issued 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’, the Ondo State governor insisted 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 in part: “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.”