Speaking yesterday to local hunters from the state’s 16 Local Government Areas, Governor Fayose said the herdsmen’s attempt was to rubbish his anti-grazing campaign but noted that their move will be met with strict resistance.
The governor charging them said they should secure the state even as he promised to support them in the exercise.
Fayose, who was fully decked in a military outfit at the meeting, urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently declare the rampaging herdsmen as terrorists.
Calling on the president he said:
“Mr President, declare herdsmen as a terrorist group now, they are mindless and devilish.”
The governor, who equally hosted Benue indigenes residing in Ekiti, expressed his sympathy for them.
“I sympathize with our brothers, sisters and people from Benue State that are mourning the brutality of those who killed their kinsmen”, he said.
After observing a minute of silence for the deceased indigenes of Benue who fell to the attack of the Fulani herdsmen, Governor Fayose said:
“This (uniform dressing) 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 kill human beings that way. They will find no peace. This is no tribal killing but that of mindless people.
“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 a conscience. The Federal Government should have sent the army not the police. Governor 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, this is your home and nobody would kill you. You are all safe here.”
Speaking to the hunters, who were battle-ready and excited to meet him, Governor Fayose said:
“I have received letters that the Bororos have entered our reserves, they want to violate our laws. I want to call on the attention of the Federal Government that they have come and wanted to kill men, children and women in Ekiti.
We will not allow that to happen. I want you hunters to go back to protect your people, be vigilant, and ensure everyone entering our state is screened.”
“No one in the guise of grazing should enter our land after 8pm. 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.” He, however, warned the hunters not to take “laws into your hands but defend our people.”