Call your men to order, you‘re Patron of herdsmen – Fayose tells Buhari over Ekiti killings

Mr Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti State Governor has warned that there could be reprisal attacks on Fulani herdsmen in the State, if they do not desist from invading communities in Ekiti and attacking the people.


He described the Fulani herdsmen that invaded Oke Ako in Ikole local government area on Friday, killing two residents of the town and injuring others as “agents of the devil that must be fished out and punished accordingly.”

Governor Fayose, who commiserated with the people of Oke-Ako, especially the family of the deceased, vowed to do everything humanly possible to forestall the reoccurrence of such attack and safeguard the lives of Ekiti people.

A statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Governor Fayose said the Fulani herdsmen were becoming major threat to the unity of Nigeria and its people, saying; “I will not fold my hands while armed herdsmen invade communities in Ekiti, killing people and destroying farmlands at will as they have done in other States.

“I have directed the police and other security agencies in the State to fish out the killer herdsmen. I am in constant touch with the security agencies and I hope that the killer herdsmen will be fished out wherever they are and made to face the full wrath of the law.

“The people of Oke-Ako should therefore remain calm while the security agents do their job. However, the security agents must be mindful of the fact that the people’s patience has a limit and they must therefore act promptly and decisively.”

The governor, who described activities of the Fulani Herdsmen as inimical to the revival of agriculture in the country said; “Farmlands costing billions of naira have been destroyed in States in the South-West, South-East and North-Central zones of the country.

“One wonders how Nigerians can go back to farming when those already in the farms are losing billions of naira worth of crops to destruction of their farmlands by the Fulani Herdsmen and the Federal Government is not doing anything about it.”

“I am sounding a note of warning to the Fulani herdsmen and those who can talk to them should also do so now. If they continue with these wanton attacks, killing of the people and destruction of farmlands in Ekiti, I cannot guarantee that there won’t be reprisal attacks.

“I can also not guarantee the level that the reprisal attacks can get to because as a governor, it is my responsibility to defend and protect my people.”

He called on President Mohammadu Buhari to stop paying lips service to the Fulani herdsmen’s menace, saying “as patron of the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), President Buhari has the capacity to call the herdsmen to order.

“President Buhari should therefore call his people to order because this is Ekiti; our people have the rights to defend themselves.

“Most importantly, President Buhari must be reminded of how he was so concerned about the killing of Fulani herdsmen in in Saki, Oke Ogun Area of Oyo State such that he, as a private citizen led Arewa to Ibadan on October 13, 2000, to confront the then Governor of Oyo State, late Alhaji Lam Adesina.”



  1. When they attack your village and kill your father and mother fold your hands and keep mute so they won’t call you a mad man.a sick fayose protecting his people from these killers is acceptable to ekiti.

  2. retract that comment,fayose is not insane, he is rather saying the truth.although truth can really hurt those that are affected.

  3. I afraid this man is a governor or really know the processes of governance other than plying to gallery.

  4. I do not agree with many ideologies of Fayose, but on this, he has demonstrated leadership. A leader should stop at nothing to protect the citizenry.

  5. 100% wit fayose on dis issue.dis is a timebomb waitin 2 xplode d Time is cumin wen pple will start 2 defend dem selves which means all out war against fulani herdsmen or any tin dt luks like fulani herdsmen am very positive dt wen it starts d fed govt will respond 2 d hue n cry of farmers. 2 b 4warned is 2b 4 armed.I rest my case

  6. The truth is most of you see the truth but politic, sentiment, religion and tribe have turned u into idiot that can’t come out and say the truth. Because most of you can’t see and reason beyond a four year old child. If you are against fayose say amen that fulani will come to you community destroy your crop and kill your family without you fighting back.

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