The Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Seyi Makinde has restated the commitment of his administration in addressing insecurity in the State, and at the same time defend the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria to which he sworn to.
The Governor made it known while addressing the State in a live broadcast on Wednesday evening, saying “I must reiterate that we will not hesitate to take appropriate action against any individuals who try to disrupt the peace in Oyo State.Our administration is taking all necessary steps to protect the good people of Oyo State from harassment, thuggery and banditry. We believe we have the situation under control. “
The Governor while delivering his speech also 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. “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.”
You will recall, that few days ago, Chief Sunday Igboho went to Ibarapa region, following the attack on farmers by some fulani herdsmen, in which he gave the Fulani Seriki of the region seven days ultimatum for them to vacate the region.
The Governor in his address warned individuals going about issuing ultimatum to Fulani residents of the state to desist from such acts, declaring that as guaranteed by the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999, he, as governor, would protect every Nigerian’s rights to reside in any part of the country.
“our enemies are kidnappers, bandits, armed robbers, not Hausa-Fulani, farmers” he says
“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.
“With our collective efforts, we can continue to keep the peace in Oyo State. Together, we can preserve the secure environment that has contributed to the growth of our economy.”