Herdsmen’s menace an imminent pogrom, says Mimiko
The unwholesome activities of the itinerant Fulani herdsmen may plunge the nation into a serious pogrom, Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State has warned.
The governor expressed the fear yesterday against the backdrop of last weekend’s attack on Chief Olu Falae’s farm in Ilado by suspected herdsmen where the erstwhile presidential aspirant reportedly lost a security aide and member of the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), Ayodele Ige.
Mimiko bared his mind while playing host to executive members of the group led by the state coordinator, Comrade Pius Ogunsaya, during a call visit to the Government House in Akure.
The governor commended OPC and the security agents for comporting themselves creditably in the face of the unprovoked attack, which he described as unfortunate and barbaric.
Mimiko said he was out of town when the incident happened and had since held several meetings with the security agents in the state, adding that he was pleased by the proactive measures taken to check the brewing crisis.
“ We have done a lot of fire-fighting efforts put in place in the last 48 hours that there is no retaliatory attack from the Odua Peoples Congress,” he revealed, admitting that the herdsmen’s constant attack is becoming “a monster of such.”
“I can see us moving towards the precipice and if we don’t do anything about it, it is getting dangerous.
“We have to wake up in Nigeria, dangers are imminent. The audacity is so disturbing. As it is happening in Agatu, it is happening in Mowe and other places, if we don’t take appropriate measures, there will be crises,” Mimiko added.