Fayose seeks release of 76 Igbo villagers over clash with herdsmen
Sani urges communities to embrace peace
Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose has condemned the arrest of 76 Igbo villagers from Ugwuneshi Autonomous community, Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State following a clash between the natives and Fulani herdsmen.
According to him: “It has gotten to a level that lovers of peace in Nigeria must speak out on this keg of gun powder which the threat that the Fulani herdsmen has become.”
Fayose said no fewer than 76 men from the Ugwuneshi Autonomous community were last Thursday arrested and whisked away by “men in military uniform” after they protested the continued destruction of their crops and farmlands by Fulani herdsmen and their cattle who settled in the area without permission.
In another development, disturbed by the community clashes between Fulani herdsman and farmers in some parts of the country, the Senator representing Kaduna Central at the upper chamber, Comrade Shehu Sani has urged them to ceasefire and avoid vengeful attacks on communities.
Sani embarked on the tour of Fulani communities, particularly those in the villages in Kaduna State to sensitize them on the need for peaceful coexistence among their neighbours.
According to him, the situation where Fulanis were linked to Agatu attacks and clashes in other parts of Nigeria is not only disturbing, but has become a major national problem.
Reacting to the alleged arrest, Fayose, who spoke through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka said President Mohammadu Buhari should address the killing of Nigerians and destruction of farmlands by the Fulani herdsmen.
The governor, who called for the immediate and unconditional release of the 76 Igbo villagers, said President Mohammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government must not give the impression that the Fulani herdsmen were lords in other people’s lands.
He said the Fulani herdsmen were giving impression that they now own Nigeria and could perpetrate any crime and get away with it.
“It is worrisome that the Fulani herdsmen that killed over 400 Agatus 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.
Addressing the Fulani community at Rafin-Roro , Kasuwar-Magani ,Kajuru local government area, Kaduna, Senator Sani urged the Fulanis to prevail on the very few elements among them, who have been discrediting the Fulanis and giving them a bad name.
While calling on them to embrace peace and avoid fight over farmland, he promised to empower them by providing them with requisite skills, which will help them become more self-sustaining and better.
He donated one million naira as a short -term measure to empower the women and develop a mini ranch for grazing.The lawmaker, who is also the Chairman Senate Committee on Foreign and Domestic Debt said, ” I am here to help find alternative means of survival so that you my Fulani brothers can become economically viable, productive and self reliant.
” I am also here to listen to their problems, interact with them and see how to contribute to development of Rafin-Roro village.
‘’I want stop Fulanis from engaging in any act that is capable of breaching public peace.”