Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has rejected the insinuations that Fulani herdsmen are the enemies of the state.
He made this remark in a statewide broadcast on Wednesday.
Makinde expressed that the enemies of the state are bandits and kidnappers abducting people and collecting ransom from their families.
He said: “We cannot overlook the fact that there have indeed been instances that cause concern. The fragile peace between the herdsmen and farmers in Oke Ogun is being threatened.
Makinde also stated that the state government will not accept the issuance of ultimatums for any group of persons to leave the state.
He noted that any form of ultimatum or quit notice to anybody in the state is against the constitutional right that guarantees freedom of movement.
“Individuals who are not authorised are going around chasing people from their homes and causing mayhem. This assault on residents of Oyo state is not the way to further the Yoruba cause.
“Let me state that we shall not sit back and watch anyone make any law-abiding resident of Oyo state feel unsafe in their homes, farms, or business places. We are aware of some people circulating flyers and giving people ultimatums to leave their land. This is totally unacceptable and will not be condoned,” he partly stated in his broadcast.
Makinde also called on traditional rulers in the state not to be part of any plan to disrupt the peaceful coexistence of residents.