Fulani terrorists take over Southwest – PDP

May 27th, 2019

*Says S/West Govs not doing enough

*Laments Buhari’s lathery

By Williams Orji

The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has raised the alarm that the South-West geo-political zone of the country has been taken over Fulani herdsmen.
The main opposition party said that the people in the region were now being terrorised as the six states of the zone are under siege without any aid from the federal govern­ment.

It said this while appealing to President Muhammadu Buhari, the security chiefs and the gover­nors of the six states of the region to take measure to save the people from terrorists’ attack.

The National Vice Chairman (South West) of the party, Dr Eddy Olafeso, who spoke in a statement on Sunday, said the last four years of the Buhari government was un­favourable.

According to him, “Nigeri­ans are full of fear and trepidation as insecurity across the length and breadth of the nation continues to grow in alarming proportion and with no sign that the President is in any manner ready, equipped and prepared to bail the nation out of the violence, war, destruction and need­less deaths.

“It is unfortunate to state that the South West is today under the siege of Fulani terrorists or herdsmen who perpetrate criminal actions daily in the most unfettered manner.

“In our region, kidnapping, as­sault and rape by these marauders remain unchecked; this lethargy has even emboldened them to even at­tack a traditional ruler in his palace, without repercussions, thus egre­giously making a bold statement that we the Yoruba have become their captives. This we condemn out rightly as a direct assault, insult and desecration of our corporate herit­age as Yoruba people.

“Much as we know that we can­not use the activities of these crim­inals to judge the entire Fulani peo­ple, many of whom are accomplished and responsible leaders in our party and nation, we however restate that the average Yoruba man is now com­pelled to believe that plans remain afoot to conquer and subdue us in our fatherland.

“This belief is further reinforced by the fact that government’s securi­ty agencies directly under the control of President has so far done almost nothing to challenge and outrightly put a stop to these insidiously dan­gerous actions of the so-called herds­men.

“President Buhari must as a matter of fact, know that Yoruba people have confidence in his abili­ty to make peace reign in our nation which continues to sink every day. And there is the danger that resort to self-help may soon become the order of the day, except he takes concrete security actions in the South West immediately.

“It is important that we put on record that when we contemplate the horrors of Rwanda in the 1990s and the possibility of same in our nation today, our hearts sink; we must begin to put in place, actions to safeguard our nation and particularly our God-given fatherland.

“In view of the foregoing, we de­mand that President Buhari should immediately order the security agen­cies to flush these criminals out of the South West. If he does, we the Yoruba will heave a sigh of relieve and discard our suspicion that ethnic cleansing is about to be prosecuted in our nation. We will sincerely ap­preciate him for it.

“However, taking due cogni­sance of the President’s lethargy and pussyfooting, we may not expect this to happen soon; our conclusion in this direction is reinforced by the fact that he only recently gave a di­rective concerning the Apapa road debacle after years of crisis and suf­fering it posed to the people and na­tional economy.

“We also disagree with the gov­ernors of the South West states, par­ticularly those of Ekiti, Osun, Ondo and Oyo for not doing enough to safeguard their people. Roads across these states have become the thea­tres of operation of these hoodlums and they seem to stand by helpless­ly and watching thereby making us query what indeed they spend the humongous sum they take as security vote on.

“When we recall that this same Ekiti that is the Fulani terrorists/herdsmen main operational theatre was bereft of developments of this nature under ex-Governor Ayo Fay­ose, it calls to question the commit­ment of all our governors to keep our region safe. It is in Ondo State that an Oba’s palace was violently invad­ed by herdsmen and all the gover­nor did was an appeasement of the hoodlums; this is disappointing.

“It is now becoming a common occurrence for these hoodlums to enter houses and pluck people like oranges. The governors must com­pulsorily know that we are essential­ly Yoruba firstly, irrespective of par­tisan political affiliations, thus must assiduously protect our people and land through the instrumentalities of their offices. Their failure so far, which we suspect is dictated by the ephemeral need to be seen as being loyal to Mr President, and remain in his good books without briefing him adequately on the challenges of our region is absolutely sycophantic and condemnable.

It is absurd and inex­cusable for us to be under siege in our own nation,” the statement read.

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