The Chairman of the South-West Governors Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu has condemned the attack by some suspected herdsmen on the people of Igangan, Oyo State on Saturday, where many people were reportedly killed.
Akeredolu described the incident as horrendous, callous, and highly provocative.
This was contained in a statement the governor personally issued on Sunday evening.
He said all well-meaning Nigerians must condemn, in the strongest term possible, “this latest assault on decency and communal harmony.”
The statement read, “While we will encourage the security agencies to get to the root of this latest act of provocation, we have directed the commanders of the South West Security Network, Amotekun, to convoke a joint security meeting of all Commanders in the South West with a view to commencing joint operations in the region immediately.
“We must reiterate the fact that certain elements are bent on causing friction among the peoples of this country with the sole aim of achieving a pernicious end. They will stop at nothing until their set goal is realized. It is, therefore, incumbent on all lovers of peace and freedom to rise against this current regression into savagery.
“We on our part are resolved to defend our people, their property, and all legitimate means of livelihood against both internal and external aggression. On this, there will be no compromise.”
The chairman of the Southern Governors’ Forum, called on the people in the region to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movement in their communities to the security agencies.