Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to declare herdsmen allegedly behind killings in Benue and other parts of the country terrorists.
The governor made the demand during a meeting with local hunters and Benue indigenes in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
“Mr. President, declare killer herdsmen as terrorists group now, they are mindless, Godless and devilish,” he said.
Governor Fayose warned that killer herdsmen have taken over state forest reserves and were allegedly using the avenues as covers to unleash
mayhem on the state.
According to him, some persons identified as Fulani herdsmen fondly called the ‘Bororo’ were making a surreptitious move into the outskirts of Ekiti with an alleged aim to kill and maim people and rubbish his anti-grazing law.
It was based on the report, that Fayose met with all local hunters from
the 16 local government areas of the state and asked them to help secure
the state with all their might.
“If you have charms don’t forget to use it and make them sleep off, because your people must not be killed,” he said.
“I sympathise with our brothers, sisters and people from Benue State that
are mourning the brutality of those who killed their kinsmen.”
The governor, who observed a minute silence for the dead in Benue, attended the meeting clad in a military uniform to confirm his readiness for battle.
He said, “This (uniform) is done to charge our hunters to
secure the state. I saw pictures of the killings and I wondered if
those were human beings.
“I asked the questions if people could be picked to kill human
beings that way. They will find no peace. It is no tribal killings but
that of mindless people. The blood of departed will find those people and
they won’t know peace. It is the duty of FG to protect its people. We
are not protected.
“We have never had it so bad. People must come to leadership with
conscience. The Federal Government should have sent the army not a
“Governor Samuel Ortom should fasten his belt and protect his
people. Those seeking for help in Abuja would not find because Abuja
also needs help. I sympathise with you, this is your home and nobody
would kill you. You are all safe here