By HEAVEN KALU, National Correspondent, Nigeria
It has been about a month and some weeks since Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti State made his stance clear on the issue of the Fulani herdsmen, including herdsmen are not allowed to carry weapons or move cattle or any other animals from one location to the other. The penalty for flouting this law is a six month imprisonment with no option of fine, while any herdsmen found with arms will be charged with terrorism. Clearly, this is a bold message to a federal government which seems to be pampering the murderous activities of these herdsmen.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State has described the meeting by the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters and former Senator, representing Ekiti Central, Senator Babafemi Ojudu, with members of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) as a confirmation that the federal government and All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State were in support of the invasion of the State by Fulani herdsmen.
The party, which expressed worry that Senator Ojudu chose to play politics with the lives and sources of livelihood of Ekiti people, said: “With Ojudu’s display of friendship with members of the Miyette to Allah, despite the threat issued by the association against the government and people of Ekiti State, the State and its people must have seen who their real enemy is.”
State Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Jackson Adebayo, said in a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday that it was strange that the same Senator Ojudu that kept silent when Fulani herdsmen killed two Ekiti sons and injured several others in Oke Ako in Ikole Local Government was now the one meeting members of Miyetti Allah to pacify them over their alleged killing of their cows.
The party said it was curious that Ojudu and the APC led federal government could be more concerned with the lives of cows than the lives of Ekiti people. The PDP said: “Ekiti people can now see that the federal government and APC leaders in Ekiti are behind the threat by the Fulani herdsmen to invade our State. If not, did Ojudu call the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association to any meeting when their herdsmen murdered his own people?
“Did the federal government and the APC issue common press statement to condemn the killing of our people in Oke-Ako and destruction of their sources of livelihood? “Are cows now more important to Ojudu and his APC than Ekiti people and their sources of livelihood?