Professor Usman Baro, president of the Fulani Association of Ghana, has asked nomadic herdsmen in Berekum to continue staying in the area in spite of an ultimatum given to them to leave.
Pressure is mounting on the Berekum Municipal Security Council (MUSEC) to ensure that all Fulani herdsmen in the area vacate immediately.
This follows an agreement between MUSEC and the nomadic herdsmen last month, after several complaints by residents and farmers who have been victims of attacks.
The Berekum Municipal Security Committee, after a meeting, gave the herdsmen a one month ultimatum to leave. That ultimatum expired on Monday, October 16, however, they continue to remain in the area.
Following that, residents want MUSEC to immediately sack all the Fulani herdsmen in the area.
But speaking in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of the Ghana Yensom show on Accra 100.5FM on Tuesday, October 17 Prof Baro said: “Ultimatum is a threat and is not accepted at all, internationally or locally. If you say you are giving somebody ultimatum, in case that person for any reason, good or bad, they fail to comply with the ultimatum, what will be your next course of action?
“I tell them that they should not comply with any ultimatum because ultimatum is a threat.
“So there is an authority in the country, ether is a legal procedure in the country, we have the peace makers in the country, we have opinion leaders in the country and so the language of ultimatum is a threat language that cannot be accepted in any civilised society.”