Chairman of the South-West Governor’s Forum and Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has berated the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Sheu, over his comment on the resolutions of the 17 southern governors made at a meeting in Asaba Delta State.
Shehu, in a statement allegedly from the presidency questioned the legality of the ban on open grazing which is one of the resolutions of the SGF
In a statement released earlier today, Akeredolu accused Shehu of working for extraneous interests that were opposed to peaceful co-existence in Nigeria.
The governor who described Shehu as an agent provocateur, said the presidential media aide was not speaking for President Buhari on the ban on open grazing.
The statement partly read, “Anyone who has been following the utterances of this man, as well as his fellow travellers on the self-deluding, mendacious but potentially dangerous itinerary to anarchy, cannot but conclude that he works, assiduously, for extraneous interests whose game plan stands at variance with the expectations of genuine lovers of peaceful coexistence among all the peoples whose ethnic extractions are indigenous to Nigeria.
“Mr Garba must disclose, this day, the real motive(s) of those he serves, definitely not the President. He cannot continue to hide under some opaque, omnibus, and dubious directives to create confusion in the polity. The easy recourse to mendacious uppity in pushing a barely disguised pernicious agendum is well understood. The declaration that the recommendations of the Minister of Agriculture, Alhaji Sabo Nanono, a mere political appointee like Garba Shehu, are now the “lasting solutions” which eluded all the elected representatives of the people of the Southern part of the country, exposes this man as a pitiable messenger who does not seem to understand the limits of his relevance and charge.
Akeredolu further issued a warning to Shehu and his ‘cohorts’ to desist from insulting elected representatives of the people, adding that the South would not be ceded to invaders disguising as herdsmen.