The Afenifere Renewal Group has called on governors in the South-West to urgently devise plans to check the killer herdsmen on the rampage across the country before their songhai forex news engulf the geopolitical zone. This is just as the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, declared support for the call by Nobel laureate, Prof.
Wole Soyinka, for an organised resistance against the killer herdsmen. In a statement on Wednesday by the group’s National Chairman, Mr. Olawale Oshun, the ARG said it was vital for the governors to wake up to their responsibilities, adding that to do otherwise would be tantamount to courting historical and electoral disaster. Yoruba governors must now come together to find a lasting solution to the marauding herdsmen. They are now causing mayhem in Ekiti, Ondo and Ogun states and we need not wait until they overrun all our territories before waking from our slumber.
Two months ago, we had cause to alert all the Yoruba governors and their state governments to the need to be proactive to the Fulani herdsmen’s potential to overrun parts of the South-West in the purported but false search for food for their cattle. We had in seeking that our governors pay attention to the unfolding herdsmen drama been worried by their silence, a silence that in many quarters of Yorubaland is now interpreted as self-serving and cowardly. Noting that as Nigerians with a desire to keep the country united, the group said it was the responsibility of all nationalities comprising Nigeria to keep it united. Also, Fayose has called on governors in all states affected by the herdsmen menace to adopt Soyinka’s suggestion to protect their citizens. Fayose stated that his state would further strengthen the local hunters by formally bringing them together under the Ekiti State Hunters Association and equipping them to protect our people and their sources of livelihood. The governor, who pointed out that the herdsmen’s menace had become a major security and economic threat to the country, added that it was clear that the Federal Government was not ready to do anything to stop the killings of Nigerians and invasion of people’s farms by herdsmen.