On Wednesday, the President, Muhammadu Buhari, met separately with Governors Seyi Makinde of Oyo State and Rotim Akeredolu of Ondo State.
While the particulars of the meetings are yet to be established, it has been collected that issues of state security, especially the crisis of herdsmen, have been addressed.
Previously, the President and Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, met behind closed doors in Aso Rock at a brewing racial crisis in Yorubaland.
The monarch’s aide announced that the Ooni had informed the President about the roles of the traditional rulers in the South-West on the activities of the herdsmen.
According to the aide, who chooses anonymity because he was not allowed to speak to the press on the subject, Ooni told the president about the harm done by some herders in Yorubaland.
“They also discussed other important national issues. Kabiesi will give details later.”
Photographs published by the Presidency in the early hours of Wednesday revealed that Buhari’s Aide-de-Camp, Col ML Abubakar, as well as the Chief of Staff of the President, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, were also present at the conference.
Governor Rotima Akeredolu released a two-week notice to the herders to leave the Ondo State Forest Reserves, alleging that the offenders among the herders are using the reserves as hiding places for their nefarious activities.
Also, on Friday, January 22, prominent Yoruba rights activist Sunday Igboho and his followers stormed the Igangan town in the Ibarapa region of Oyo State to chase the Fulani heirs out of the city after an earlier termination notice had expired.