Fayose Backs Soyinka’s Call For Organized Resistance Against Killer Herdsmen, Urges Governors To Protect Their People
Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has declared support for the
call by Nobel Laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka for an organized
resistance, through formation of informal organisations against the
incursion of herdsmen, calling on governors in all States affected by
the herdsmen menace to adopt such measure to protect their citizens.
While saying Nigeria and its people must be protected at all cost,
Governor Fayose noted that “The comfort our leaders enjoy from their
office is momentary. But the suffering of the people may be permanent
if the leaders continue to look away as if nothing is happening just
because they are enjoying the comfort of their office.”
According to a statement on Wednesday, by his Special Assistant on
Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose
said he was particularly happy that notable leaders in the country,
especially Prof Soyinka heeded his call for all men of good conscience
to speak up against the wanton killing of Nigerians by herdsmen, who
are acting more like terrorists.
He said Ekiti State will further strengthen local hunters in the
States by formally bringing them together under Ekiti State Hunters
Association (EKSA) and equipping them to protect our people and their
sources of livelihood.
Governor Fayose, who said that the herdsmen menace has become a major
security and economic threat in the country, added that it was clear
that the federal government was not ready to do anything to stop
killings of Nigerians and invasion of people’s farms by herdsmen.
The governor maintained that those approaching the herdsmen’s menace
with ethnic and religious sentiments were not helping the country,
saying; “What Nigeria is witnessing now is pure criminality. It is
terrorism in the name of cattle rearing and anyone defending the
killing of fellow Nigerians and destruction of farmlands is an enemy
of this country.
“If our people have decided to embrace farming, how do we reconcile a
situation where their farms are either being destroyed by cows or
cruelly set ablaze by supposed herdsmen?
“Today, in many parts of the country, people are even afraid to go to
the farm for fear of being killed by supposed herdsmen. How do we
promote agriculture under this kind of situation?
“Therefore, I salute the courage of Prof Soyinka for speaking out,
though late, but it is better late than never.
“Those armed herdsmen are nothing but another form of Boko Haram
insurgents and they must be treated as such.”