Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, on Saturday, said his government is focused on going after criminals not Fulani.
Makinde, who stated this while speaking at the quarterly broadcast on the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), monitored by TheBreakingTimes, revealed that the killer of Popular Oyo wealthy man, Dr Fatai Aborode, has been arrested and that details about the killer will be revealed soon
This medium gathered that the man was said to have been killed in his farm by Fulani Herdsmen in Ibarapa zone.
However, Makinde has revealed that the attackers spoke Yoruba.
His words: “I went to Ibarapa, I slept over there. I met Dr Aborode’s father what we found out is there was an intelligence failure. Baba said a lot of these issues have political undertones. He said Dr Aborode didn’t drive himself that day.
“Baba said Dr Aborode was on a motor bike when he was attacked. The rider was not hurt at all. There were other people that were stopped too and nothing happened to them. The attackers where speaking Yoruba.
“I spoke to the security agents and asked them what has been done and directed the CP that the person who did this should be arrested. He has now been arrested and he said he will name all the people that were there on that day. I believe very soon we will get to the bottom of it.
“I am not saying we don’t have Fulani criminals. Yes, we do. However we must remember that our enemies are the criminals no matter their ethnicity. So we must remain focused on going after criminals.”
Speaking further, he urged residents of the state to do everything possible not to destroy the state for the present and next generations.
Makinde said: “So many people have come to meet me that the people of Ibadan are not easy to govern. For me, I look at logic for whatever I have to do but if the problem is not solved, it will keep coming back. I believe we have to govern by consensus, consultation and by seeking alignment. If all of us agree on what to do, we are likely to succeed rather than coercing people. If we have that alignment on what we have to do and we are all pulling in that direction, then we will succeed.
“Quite frankly, some people might be confused. Some might have something else in mind. I believe we are moving somewhere, because people have input in most of the policies and projects we are doing. As a result of that, we have had tremendous support from the people of Oyo State and that is the way we intend to keep it.
“Some people may say governing Oyo State is difficult because it is a big state. But I will say governing Oyo State is quite simple. Yes, all the things we are going through as challenges, some of them could be complex but solutions to them are very simple. For me, I sleep well, follow my routine; play tennis, jog and I still take care of business for the state.
“There are people that what can make them get to the seat is to create chaos every now. But I have news for them. For you to want to govern Oyo State, there must first of all be a state for you to govern. If you destroy our state, what are you coming back to govern? So, we do everything possible to let the people know that this is our state.
“The government will come and go but the state will remain. We have to be mindful of that and do everything possible not to destroy the state for ourselves and the next generation”.