Federal Government says Nigerians should exercise restraint over the brewing conflict in the Oke-Ogun area of Oyo State, as well as the tension in Ondo State.
Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, said this in a statement shared on his official Twitter handle.
But a part of the statement, which has now been deleted, says, “The Federal Government is moving in quickly to bring state, community, security, traditional institutions, religious organizations and youth groups into a purposeful dialogue that will bring effective resolutions to the problem within constitutional and legal frameworks.”
Another part says, “Let us all try to be our brother’s keeper and work towards building a peaceful community that works for all irrespective of ethnicity, religion and other forms of differences.”
Recall that Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, had issued a seven-day ultimatum for herdsmen to vacate the forest reserves in the state.
Akeredolu gave the order as part of the actions aimed at tackling the root cause of kidnapping and other nefarious activities in the state.
The governor, in a statement, had said the forests had become a haven for felons to carry out their criminal activities.
Recall that violence erupted in Igangan in the Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State on Friday when residents stormed the home of the Seriki Fulani, Salihu Abdukadir, to eject him and some other herdsmen accused of fuelling security problems in the area.