Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has described the statement credited to his Bauchi State counterpart, Bala Mohammed, that Nigerians don’t need his permission to live in forests reserve as “provoking and insensitive.”
Akeredolu on Saturday, therefore, asked Mohammed “not to set Nigeria on fire with his statements.
Recall that Akeredolu had directed herdsmen in the state government forest reserve in Ondo state to vacate or register with the state following the spate of kidnappings, killings, rape, and other criminal activities.
However, reacting to Akeredolu’s directive, the Bauchi governor fired back by saying that the chairman of the southwest governors forum does not have the right to issue a vacation notice to herders in the state.
Reacting to Mohammed through his Special Assistant to the Governor (New Media) Olabode Richard Olatunde, governor Akeredolu called on Nigerians to disregard Mohammed’s comments.
Akeredolu said his position ” is not to engage or confront anyone who has the mindset of a crisis entrepreneur or warmonger.
“Very provoking and insensitive as the statement appears, we can only err on the side of caution by advising Governor Bala Mohammed not set Nigeria on fire by his thoughts that are highly destructive and undermining national cohesion.
“Nigerians should ignore him and rather focus on those issues that can bring about peace and engender unity.”