President Muhammad Buhari has charged Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to flush out all the Ondo state criminals, particularly the forest reserves.
The President disclosed this yesterday while in a closed-door meeting with Governor Ameredolu in Abuja.
The Ondo state Commissioner for Information, Donald Ojogo, who spoke with journalists shortly after the meeting, disclosed the President’s call in a statement.
The statement read: “The governor seized the opportunity of the meeting to brief the President regarding the precarious security situation in the region, especially Ondo State.
“The governor met with the President at a meeting; it centered on security concerns in the Southwest, especially in Ondo State.
“It was a massive opportunity for the governor to put the records straight as regards the erroneous impression that Governor Akeredolu had asked all Fulani and herdsmen to vacate the state.
“The meeting afforded both leaders a great window to explore ingenious methods to tackle the issue of insecurity in the region.
“In particular, Governor Akeredolu sought and, indeed, obtained the President’s support and encouragement to flush out criminals in the forests of Ondo State.”
The President, who also spoke with the newly appointed service chiefs, has charged them to be patriotic in discharging their duties to serve the country well. He pledged Government’s support in terms of equipment and logistics.
The President in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, said: “We’re in a state of emergency. Be patriotic, serve the country well, as your loyalty is to the country.”
He hailed the service chiefs on heading their various duties, adding that “there’s nothing I can tell you about the service because you are in it.
“I was also in it, and I will pray for you. I also assure you that whatever I can do as Commander-in-Chief will be done so that the people will appreciate your efforts.
“You know the stage we were in 2015, you know the stage we are now, and the undertakings we made. We promised to secure the country, revive the economy, and fight corruption. None has been easy, but we have certainly made progress.”
The President also charged the Service Chiefs with making uniform men feel physically and professionally secure as they discharge their duties.