Ekiti State News
Fayose & Local Hunters Declare War As Fulani Herdsmen Invade Ekiti State
January 11, 2018 – Fayose & Ekiti Hunters Declare War As Bororos, Fulani Herdsmen Invade Ekiti State
The governor of Ekiti state, Ayodele Fayose has mobilised Local hunter against possible invasion by suspected herdsmen.
Sounding the battle cry while hosting some hunters at the Government House pavilion in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, the governor said intelligence report available to him revealed that “Bororo” herdsmen had surreptitiously entered the state.
Fayose, who wore a camouflage shirt, a pair of trousers and a fez cap to match “to reflect the mood of the nation”, urged the hunters to go back home and defend the people.
Apart from the local hunters, other residents who showed up at the forum were the revered farmers, popularly called the Agbekoya, vigilance groups and other residents from the Tiv, Idoma and Igede ethnic groups in Benue State.
The event was highlighted by intermittent firing of gunshots, whistling and songs by the hunters.
Fayose, who sympathised with the people of Benue State, where scores have been killed by suspected herdsmen, promised not to allow his people to be slain, as done in the Northcentral state.
The governor claimed that the alleged plan to invade Ekiti was to make the state ungovernable for him ahead of the July 14 governorship election.
He said the situation in Benue and Taraba states showed that “President Buhari lacks the capacity to protect Nigerians”.
“I have received letters that the Bororos have entered our reserves; they want to violate our laws. I want to call the attention of the Federal Government that they have come and wanted to kill men, women and kids in Ekiti. We will not allow that to happen here in Ekiti.
“I want you all, our hunters, to go back today to protect your people. Be vigilant, open your eyes and make sure that everybody entering the state is screened.
“No one in the guise of grazing should enter our land after 8 p.m. For our brothers who harbour criminals, tell them Ekiti is a no-go area. If your plan is to make this state ungovernable, you are wasting your time.
“I have called this meeting for everyone to be vigilant. I will begin to support you now to secure Ekiti. Don’t let them take you by surprise; don’t allow them to take Ekiti by storm.
“Go to the farms and keep vigil; don’t just entertain visitors who come in the night. Screen them. We don’t want visitors in our reserves at 8 p.m.”
“This (camouflage) dressing is done to charge our hunters to secure the state. I saw pictures of the killings (in Benue) and I wonder if those were human beings. I asked the question if people could be that wicked to kill human beings that way. They will find no peace. It is no tribal killings, but that of mindless people.
“The blood of the departed will find those people and they won’t know peace. It is the duty of the Federal Government 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 and not the police.
“Governor (Samuel) Ortom should fasten his belt and protect his people. Those seeking help in Abuja would not find it because Abuja also needs help. I sympathise with you (Benue) people; nobody will kill you. You are all safe here.”
He released telephone hot lines for residents to call when they notice strange movements.
January 10, 2018 at 11:55 PM
I hope not, my aged parents are in Ado Ekiti, I don’t want anything bad to happen to dem. I will have to relocate them
January 11, 2018 at 12:23 AM
U can see how wicked this dumb president could be.look at what his tribe is doing..this heartless terrosists wants to kill so as to intimidate people of the southern ,western,eastern and middle beltan region to succumb to fear for them to take control.its about time we arm and defend ourselves.our governors are now compromised.and can only siddon and look.good move fayose
January 11, 2018 at 3:16 AM
Good move my able Governor. Just advise the vigilantes to first target the police and army that is the best way to defeat the herdsmen. As we speak the army and police are surreptitiously giving the terrorists all necessary support.
January 11, 2018 at 3:34 AM
I respect you Fayose on this move…those are not herdsmen,but terrorists imported from Chad with their own in Nigeria to intimidate all the citizens from Southern Nigeria,this strategy is to Islamize Nigeria by force,it’s been going on at Plateau and Kaduna for years in the name of ethnic clash,only sometimes you will hear it as Christians verses Muslims.
They are using this means because their plans cannot be achieved peacefully from Aso Rock. Let people open their eyes.
January 11, 2018 at 7:57 AM
I am fine with this, every Governor must do same; Federal Government can’t do it for you! All the Islamization jargons must be thrown out of the conversation, it does not make any sense. Our society is morally weak, we are being bombarded by all forms of evil because state and local governments are full of incompetent morons. Are folks going to blame Buhari for excessive secret cult and ritualists activities in our society?
January 11, 2018 at 3:02 PM
Danti…do you know that the protection of our national security is solely vested in the hand of the federal government? When the limited police force assigned or attached to a state to keep peace and order is completely stretched out as a result of unending gun violence, destructions of properties and several deaths recorded, whose duty do you think it is at this point to send in reinforcement to quell any rebellion and armed group that may pose a significant threat to our national security? Do you also know that the state government has no control over Nigerian army, the navy, air force and the entire police force and cannot send them in war front without the order of the president? Do you know that the army can only be dispatched to keep peace in a troubled land at the order of the executive president and not the state government? This is why all accusing fingers should be directed at the federal government for their inaction while hundreds of defenseless women and children are slaughtered in their very watch and state government incapacitated and unable to fight back using it small police force assigned to it state. If Buhari could swiftly sacked men that have put in years of serving their fatherland just because his adult son got an accident using his own bike, it then means the president is in his perfect state of mind and know exactly what he’s doing regarding the security of Benue state, ekiti state and other region where the terror marauders are unleashing mayhem. What Fayose is doing by directly arming civilians to fight off the murderous fulani herds men is unlawful but such matter when brought up to the court by the federal government could be worn by the governor of ekiti state. Why? because the federal government has failed in it primary responsibility to provide adequate security to the affected states where fulani herds men are on the rampage. International law also give room to self-defence in the event of violent oppression by others. This is why Fayose is on the right track. But not all governors can take such measure to protect their people because of the law involve. So to say that the federal government can’t provide affected region with full security is not correct. It is their duty to do so and failure to do that should be questioned by the international community.
January 12, 2018 at 11:05 AM
Endurance, maybe you didn’t get it: under a military system, the ruler has a complete power, but in a democracy, each state has its law that must be enforced by the Governor. If sharia law can be enforced in Zamfara and others, why can’t others States protect their existence by enforcing states laws? Please Endurance, don’t bring international noise to this, other countries should not tell you how to protect your community. You leave there you know what befits you, no oyinbo country is being controlled the way you want Buhari to do. In America, state laws are ubiquitous, when help are needed, local authorities will call the FBI not the other way round. In a well Structured society, federal government does not control the states, revenue generation, fire department, mining,vehicles registration and other things that I cannot remember now. If a state Government can dethrone an Oba, believe me, they can do a lot.
January 12, 2018 at 4:21 PM
Perhaps you should have followed up with what is happening in Bunue state through the news update so you can fully understand that anti-grazing law has already been enacted by the Benue state government but was staunchly opposed by the Fulani herds men association called MIYETTI ALLAH CATTLE BREEDER who threatened to mobilize members of it association to resist that law in which Buhari the commander in chief of armed forces was well informed about the development before the latest outbreak of killings. So I wonder what law you are still insisting the Benue State government enforce when the one already enacted have been resisted by the Fulani Herds men through the barrels of gunfire. But my questions to you in my previous comment stemmed from what you said in your first comment that “federal government can’t do it for you”. Meaning that federal government can’t guarantee their security, Isn’t it? But am telling you that it is the duty of the federal government to protect every states within our national territory especially the ones that are experiencing explosive gun violent, incessant killings, destruction of properties and forceful eviction of villagers from their indigenous land due to invaders just like the one happening in Benue and other state.@Danti I want to ask you if a state law can be enforced when their are not enough security personnels in a particular state to enforce it? Let me made it clear to you that In Nigeria security apparatus, the federal government control all major armed forces. Armed forces are deployed to a particular state to keep security at the order of the federal government and sometimes at the request of the state government. This is why you see that if a state is facing enormous security challenges and have been over stretched with the little security forces attached to it, then the state governor will request for additional deployment of military personnels to protect it state. However, this does not mean we are in a military regime. Democratically in our country Nigeria, major armed forces are being control by the president. If you are not aware of this please do your finding. We are not in US. Here is Nija. So I wonder why you would say federal government “can’t do it for them” when the control of armed forces is solely vested in the hand of the federal government and not the state government. This is why in the case of Benue state, the federal government led by Buhari should be held accountable for the loss of innocent lives. He had long been informed over the threat posed by the fulani herds men but he chose to keep blind eyes to it. So he should be investigated for his inaction since he’s the commander in chief of armed forces.
January 11, 2018 at 4:24 PM
that old man called Buhari is too slow to rule Nigeria i think this action by Fayose is an opportunity for him to win more votes than Buhari if he actually decides to contest in 20119
January 11, 2018 at 6:36 PM
Fayose ride on, once you hate in this minute the next minutes you tend to like him one billion times. Thumbs up.
January 22, 2018 at 11:03 PM
Should I say Ride On Or Not? God should give our leader wisdom to direct this country very well…