Attacks: Fayose’s Comment Scares Fulani Herdsmen in Ekiti

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    • To run to  Obas  for protection

      By Olakiitan Victor

      Following a statement credited to Governor Ayodele Fayose that
      he had instructed farmers In Ekiti State to poison their water  to
      ward off invasion by herdsmen, the Fulani cattle-rearers in the state
      have resolved to take their case to the Council  of Traditional
      Rulers.

      Fayose was quoted to have made the statement in Ibadan on Tuesday
      while attending a programme organized by the Nigerian Union of
      Journalists, Oyo chapter.

      A member of the ethnic group confided in THISDAY in Ado Ekiti  that
      they received Fayose’s  statement with shock, saying they have taken a
      final decision to lodge a formal complaint to the Ewi of Ado Ekiti,
      Oba Rufus Adeyemo Adejugbe, over the dangers inherent in the comment.

      He said  the members would also meet with the state traditional
      council, particularly its chairman and Ologotun of Ogotun Ekiti, Oba
      Oladapo Samuel Oyebade, after their encounter with the Ado monarch .

      The source, who didn’t want to be quoted because of the sensitivity of
      the issue and for not being authorized to speak on behalf of the
      Fulani herdsmen, said the statement credited to the governor could
      spark a crisis between them and the farmers, even when such is
      unwarranted.

      He said members are now living in palpable fear because anything could
      happen to them and their herds since the governor has said he had
      issued directives to people to poison their water if they notice any
      untoward attitude from the Fulani herdsmen.

      “What many  people don’t know is that there is a difference between
      Fulani and Bororo . We have been in Ado for long doing our businesses
      and I don’t think any of us could resort to killing of our hosts ,
      what for?

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