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Herdsmen: Fayose prepares for war, tells Ekiti people to defend self

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Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose put Ekiti people on red alert to be ready to defend themselves against any possibly attack by herdsmen.

“In the event of federal government’s security agencies refusal to secure the lives and properties of Ekiti people, the people will have no option than to defend themselves [against herdsmen].” 

With the above words, the Ekiti State governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose put Ekiti people on red alert to be ready to defend themselves against any possibly attack by herdsmen.

Governor Fayose said this on Tuesday during a press conference wherein he addressed the threat by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria to unleash terror on the state.

The cattle breeders association had threatened to wage war against the government and people of Ekiti State.

According to reports, they claimed that four cattle belonging to its member were killed by the newly inaugurated Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshal (EGEM).

Governor Fayose had on Thursday, October 20, in capital city – Ado-Ekiti , launched the Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshall.

The Marshall was empowered to, amongst other things, arrest cattle rearers who breach the newly ratified Ekiti grazing law.

The Prohibition of Cattle and other Ruminants Grazing in Ekiti State Bill, 2016 was signed into law on August 29, 2016. 

Fayose lamented the fact that the federal government is yet to act in any manner that will disabuse the minds of Ekiti people, who believed that the federal government is in support of the threat.

Meanwhile, four days has elapsed since the threat was issued against the government and people of Ekiti State by the Miyetti Allah.

He said: “The silence of the federal government has no doubt further confirmed the insinuation that there is plot to give tacit support to the herdsmen to invade some border towns and villages in Ekiti State and cause chaos in the State so as to justify the evil agenda of declaration of a state of emergency on the State.

“Nigerians should be reminded that in May, this year, Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria said openly that the reason for the killing of over 1,000 people in Benue State was the killing of over 800 cattle by Tiv youths. 

“In other words, Miyetti Allah boldly told Nigerians that its members (herdsmen) killed over 1,000 Agatu people of Benue State because their cows were killed!

“Up till today, no one has been arrested for the massacre in Agatu in Benue State and now, Ekiti State and its people are being threatened by this same Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, and the federal government has pretended as if nothing was wrong.

“From the words and antecedents of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, it is clear that they have assurance beyond their personal minds from the federal government to kill Nigerians in place of their cows. 

“If not, by now, the man who signed that press statement, threatening the entire people of Ekiti State ought to have been arrested and questioned.”

Fayose, therefore, said that in the event of any invasion of Ekiti State by killer herdsmen, the federal government should be held responsible.

He continued: “The herdsmen and those urging them on should also be informed that any attack on one Ekiti person is an attack on all Ekitis and we shall not sit back and allow our people to be killed under the guise of cattle rearing.

“Our forefathers did same in the famous Kiriji War and we won’t mind doing the same now!

“I am therefore using this opportunity to put Ekiti people, especially residents of border towns in the State on red alert. 

“Ekiti people must be prepared to defend their land against these Philistines whose attributes and characters are extremism, violence, bloodshed and destruction.

“Nigeria is a federation and each State is empowered by law to make laws to protect its people.”

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