Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has delivered his final warning message to the Fulani herdsmen that recently attacked the State, as well as urging the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government, to rise up and condemn these horrific acts perpetrated by the herdsmen nationwide, in their entirety.
Fayose’s message is coming a few days after a pregnant woman was reportedly killed in Orin Ekiti, by people suspected to be Fulani herdsmen.
Speaking, Governor Fayose warned the Serikin Fulani in the State, Muhammed Abashe, that he will be held responsible for any further attack in the State by the Fulani herdsmen.
The Governor, expressed disappointment at the inability of Abashe to provide effective leadership, by failing to stop his kinsmen from destroying farmlands and attacking residents in the State.
Fayose stated this over the weekend, during a Peace Parley with Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, Farmers, local Hunters, Security Agencies, and representatives of the Tiv community in Ado-Ekiti.
His words: “If you (herdsmen) still want to stay among us, you must accept the responsibility to ensure that none of our people’s farms are destroyed by herdsmen any longer. None of our people must be killed by your men.
“If any killing or destruction of farms of our people occurs again in that area, I will ensure that I use the law to fight you, their leaders. This is the last warning.
“This killing is giving Fulani people a bad name. If there are no good people among them, how would General Buhari rise to be President? There are Doctors, Lawyers, Engineers, and other notable professionals among you. This is denting their names.
The greatest of men are the peace makers.
“Even though President Buhari does not send people to kill, it is spoiling his name. We are to make sure the killing stops.
“We will not be intimidated by the terror of the few. The moment you are caught, you will face the law. The killing by Fulani is worse than Boko Haram. We want one Nigeria, because we have gone far. Anyone harbouring criminals will not know peace. Enough is enough. Life is sacred and must be treated as such.
“I am calling on the Federal Government to be firm, when actions are taken against these mindless individuals, this killing will stop. It is because they are taking it like a family affair; this is not in the interest of Nigeria. Ordinary Nigerians cannot carry AK47 or pump action”, Governor Fayose stated.