Governor Ayodele Fayose has reacted to threats by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN).
Read excerpts of his response to their threats below:
“On Saturday, October 22, 2016, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), the umbrella body of herdsmen in Nigeria openly threatened to wage war against the government and people of Ekiti State.
“They lied that four cattle belonging to its member were [neutralized] by the newly inaugurated Ekiti Grazing Enforcement Marshal (EGEM).
“Four days after this threat by Miyetti Allah, the federal government is yet to act in any manner to call the terror group to order.
“This means the federal government is in support of the threat.
“FG’s silence confirms the insinuation of her support to herdsmen to invade some border towns and villages in Ekiti State.
“The plan is to cause chaos in the State so as to justify the evil agenda of declaring a state of emergency on the State.
“From MACABAN’s antecedents, it is clear that they have assurance from the federal government to [neutralize] Nigerians in place of their cows.
“If not, why has the man who signed that press statement walking free?
“We wish to tell entire world that in the event of any invasion of Ekiti State by killer herdsmen, the FG should be held responsible.
“The herdsmen and those urging them on should also be informed that any attack on one Ekiti person is an attack on all Ekitis.
“We shall not sit back and allow our people to be [neutralized] under the guise of cattle rearing.
“I am therefore using this opportunity to put Ekiti people, especially residents of border towns in the State on red alert.
“Ekiti people must be prepared to defend their land against these Philistines whose characters are extremism, violence and destruction.
“Five cattle were arrested last week.
“They are being kept in the government ranch and their owners can take them back as soon as the necessary fines are paid.
“To us in Ekiti, 50,000 cows cannot be equated with those of one human being.
“MACABAN should know that cattle farmers are not different from other farmers.
“If they want to rear cows in Ekiti, they should do so in accordance with the laws of the State.
“After all, law prohibiting sale and consumption of alcohol was made in Kano State and the law is being enforced.
“We therefore want to appeal to all security agencies to be alive to their responsibility of protecting lives and properties.