Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has asked President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government to stop the menace of Fulani herdsmen in the country, especially in Benue State
The governor said that what is going on in Benue is more of an organised pogrom and those responsible for the killings must be arrested and prosecuted.
Fayose said that the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, should be allowed to function as President to be able to deploy instruments of the Federal Government to tackle the herdsmen’s menace, pointing out that; “as it is today, it appears that the Prof. Osinbajo does not have the full powers of the President.”
In a statement issued at the weekend by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Mr. Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose, who supported the new law prohibiting open grazing in Benue State, said that “those opposed to the law are doing so as part of their plot to undermine the land and people of Benue State and they must be made to face the law.”
He sympathised with the government and people of Benue State, adding that the Federal Government must stop playing ostrich to the menace of the Fulani herdsmen.
Governor Fayose said: “Like I have maintained, cattle farming is not different from fish farming, snake farming, poultry farming, snail farming, etc. Therefore, if fish farmers are providing their own ponds and poultry farmers building their own pens, while also buying feeds for their animals, there is no reason cattle farmers should not also provide their own ranch and feed their cows without encroaching on other people’s farmlands.
“How can Nigerians embrace farming when those already in the farms are losing billions of naira worth of crops to destruction of their farmlands by the Fulani herdsmen and the Federal Government is not doing anything about it?”
He described the Buhari-led government’s continuous silence on the alleged killing of harmless Nigerians by Fulani herdsmen as unacceptable.
The governor said; “In May, 2016, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria boldly told Nigerians that herdsmen killed over 1,000 Agatu people of Benue State then because over 800 of their cows were killed by Tiv youths. The man who openly made that comment was never questioned by the security agents.
“The same Miyetti Allah is now against the Anti-Open Grazing Law in Benue State, vowing to mobilise its members to resist the law and claiming that pastoralists like other citizens of the country have the right to move freely and to reside in any part of the country.