Southwest governors and the leadership of Miyetti Allah are set to meet today Monday over Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s order to herdsmen to vacate forest reserves.
Akeredolu had last Monday issued a seven-day ultimatum to herdsmen in the forest reserves to leave the area as part of measures to curb kidnappings and banditry.
The notice for the herders to vacate the Reserve Forest expired on Sunday.
Meanwhile, a meeting has been organised between the Southwest governors and the leadership of Miyetti Allah, the planned meeting between the two parties is expected to help find a lasting solution to the repeated clashes between herders and farmers in relation to killings and kidnappings in the six Southwest states.
The six governors include Mr Akeredolu (Ondo), Seyi Makinde (Oyo), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun) and Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos).
It was gathered that the meeting would be held in Akure, Ondo State capital on Monday.
The Ondo State Chairman of MACBAN, Alhaji Bello Garba, who confirmed the development, said the national leadership of the association had arrived in Akure in preparation for the meeting.
He said, “The National Chairman of Miyetti Allah is in town now and I cannot talk about what we want to discuss at the meeting now but I can assure you that we are going to address the press tomorrow (Monday) after the meeting.”