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El-Rufai trying hard to export banditry to south – Akeredolu

*Kaduna governor ‘seeks to encourage anarchy…’

GOVERNOR Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has knocked his Kaduna State counterpart, Nasir el-Rufai, following the latter’s criticism of the anti-open grazing law in the south.

In a statement yesterday by his Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Donald Ojogo, the governor said el-Rufai is aiming to export banditry to the south.

Akeredolu is also chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum, and has been consistently speaking up and defending positions of his colleagues.

“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,” the statement read.

“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.”

Akeredolu reiterated that the anti-open grazing law, especially in Ondo State, would be “zealously” enforced.

This is not the first time governors in the country have clashed over activities of herders.

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom and his Bauchi State counterpart Bala Mohammed have exchanged words over it in the past.

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