Former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode, like the Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose, has supported the formation of local militias to defend Nigerians against killer herdsmen as recently suggested by Professor Wole Soyinka.
The former minister said that Nigeria is “already at war, but that it has not been officially “declared yet”. He therefore argued that it was time citizens began to defend themselves since the Buhari administration has “simply” refused to “protect us.”
The Nigerian playwright and Nobel Laureate, Soyinka had in response to the wanton killings of Nigerians across the country by suspected Fulani herdsmen, was quoted to have advised that Nigerians should adopt organised resistance through formation of informal organizations against the incursion of herdsmen.
Governor Fayose and some other Nigerians have expressed support, describing it as a good option to guide against the increasing killings by the herdsmen.
Fani-Kayode, also responding in a post on his twitter handle, expressed support for the call by Soyinka.
He wrote, “I endorse Professor Wole Soyinka’s call for the formation of local militias to defend our people against the Fulani terrorists. It is time for us to defend ourselves since the Buhari administration simply refuses to protect us. We are already at war: it just hasn’t been declared yet.”
In another tweet in reaction to the alleged killing of a member of a vigilante group, who disarmed and apprehended an armed herdsman in Edo, by a soldier, Fani-Kayode said:
“The Army shot a member of a vigilante group in Edo yesterday that had disarmed and apprehended a Fulani terrorist. They freed the terrorist and let him go home and when asked why they killed the vigilante they said it was a mistake. The soldier that shot the vigilante was Fulani.”