Ondo State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has knocked his counterpart in Kaduna State Nasir El-Rufai following the latter’s criticism of the anti-open grazing law in the south.
Mr Akeredolu, in a statement on Wednesday by the state commissioner for information and orientation Donald Ojogo, attacked El-Rufai for saying the law was unrealistic.
“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.