Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has called on the Federal Government to the declare the Fulani herdsmen as terrorists.
Fayose also raised the alarm on imminent invasion of the state by the Fulani herdsmen and, therefore, charged the hunters in Ekiti to defend the people against any unforeseen invasion.
The governor, who raised the alarm that some persons identified as Bororos have started a surreptitious move into the outskirts of Ekiti with an alleged aim to kill and maim people and, thereby, rubbish his anti-grazing law, met with local hunters from the 16 local government areas of the state and charged them to secure the state.
He promised a strong support for them in the exercise.
Urging President Muhammadu Buhari to declare herdsmen terrorists, Fayose said: “Mr. President, declare herdsmen as terrorists group now, they are mindless and devilish.”
Fayose, who equally hosted the Benue people residing in Ekiti, expressed his sympathy for them, saying: “I sympathise with our brothers, sisters and people from Benue State who are mourning the brutality of those who killed their kinsmen.”
The governor, who observed a minute silence for the dead in Benue, was clad in a military uniform. He said: “This (military uniform) 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 question why people could kill human beings that way.
“They will find no peace. It is no tribal killings, but that of mindless people. Blood of departed will find those people and they won’t know peace. It is the duty of the federal government to protect its citizens. 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 not police.
“Governor Ortom should fasten his belt and protect his people. Those seeking for help in Abuja would not find it because Abuja also needs help. I sympathise with you, this is your home and nobody will kill you. You are all safe here.” Charging the hunters, who were excited to meet him, 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 to kill men and kids and women in Ekiti. We will not allow that to happen. I want you all, the hunters, to go back today to protect your people; be vigilant, open your eyes, make sure everyone entering our state is screened.
“No one in the guise of grazing should enter our land after 8:00pm. 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 that come in the night, screen them. We don’t want visitors in our games at 8:00pm.
“Don’t take laws into your hands, but defend our people. Protect our people, check all arrivals at night coming in disguise. I am making a line available where you can make distress calls.
“I trust you can secure our people. I want to appeal to our people from Benue to pray for your state and your governor. I also learnt that they want to come and arrest people for no reasons. They will meet Gods hand in it. My hunters, you know Ekiti very well. Protest the state. We will be having monthly meetings.”