Fayose Urges FG To Stop Killings By Fulani Herdsmen, Supports Benue Anti-Grazing Law

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The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has called on the President

Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) federal

government to pay more attention to the menace Fulani herdsmen in the


country, especially in Benue State, saying “what is going on in Benue

State is more like an organised pogrom and those responsible for the

killings in the State must be arrested and prosecuted.”

 

The governor said Acting President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo should be

allowed to function as the president so as to be able to deploy

instruments of the federal government to tackle the herdsmen 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 release issued on Saturday by his Special Assistant on Public

Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose, who

declared support for the new law prohibiting open grazing in Benue

State, said “those opposed to the law are only 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 feed

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 agent.

 

“The same Miyetti Allah is now against the Anti-Open Grazing Law in

Benue State, vowing to mobilize 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.

 

“Does pastoralists have rights to destroy other people’s farmlands,

invade homes and rape people’s wives and daughters? Shouldn’t people

who are into cattle farming be able to provide feeds for their

animals?”

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