Ekiti - The Ekiti State Government has appealed for the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari's government to rein on the rampaging Fulani herdsmen.
The appeal follows the arrest of 76 Igbo villagers over protest against the cattle rearers, who have been accused of killing hundreds of locals over land disputes.
“It is worrisome that the Fulani herdsmen that killed over 400 Agatu in Benue State, raped women and destroyed farmlands in the North Central, South West and South South zones of Nigeria are walking the streets free while Ibo people, who opted to defend their sources of livelihood are languishing in detention,” said Governor Ayodele Fayose.
“Are they saying that those Igbo villagers do not have rights to defend their farmlands from further destruction by the Fulani herdsmen when the president who should defend them is keeping silent?”
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Fayose said Buhari should address the alleged killing of Nigerians and destruction of farmlands by the Fulani herdsmen.
“Buhari’s All Progressives Congress federal government must not give an impression that the Fulani herdsmen are lords in other people’s lands,”
He claimed the herdsmen were giving an impression they now owned Nigeria and could perpetrate any crime and evade punishment.
Fayose demanded the unconditional release of the Igbo villagers.
“These people must be released by whichever security agency of the federal government that is holding them because Nigerians don’t deserve to be treated like slaves in their own house.”
- CAJ News