Governors of the South-West geopolitical region will meet with the leadership of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), the apex association of herdsmen in the country, on Monday just as the seven-day quit notice issued by Rotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State, to herdsmen occupying the state’s forest reserves elapses.
Bello Garba, the Ondo State Chairman of MACBAN, confirmed the development in an interview on Sunday.
According to Garba, the national leadership of the association had arrived in Akure, the state capital, for the meeting.
“The National Chairman of Miyetti Allah is in town now and I cannot talk about what we want to discuss at the meeting but I can assure you that we are going to address the press tomorrow after the meeting,” Garba told the Punch.
Governor Akeredolu had last Monday ordered all herdsmen to vacate the state’s forest reserves over rising insecurity in the state.
According to the governor, “bad elements” have turned the forest reserves into hideouts for keeping victims of kidnapping, negotiating for ransom and carrying out other criminal activities.