Former Spokesperson, People’s Democratic Party’s Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode on Wednesday said he stood by his call for a ban to be placed on the activities of Fulani herdsmen in the south west despite the criticism of the Chairman, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Professor Chidi Odinkalu, who described Fani-Kayode’s statement as a hate speech.
In a new statement, the former Minister of Aviation noted that he was throwing his weight behind Afenifere that called for the ban of herdsmen in the South West. He said that the ban should not be restricted to only a zone, but the whole of the South because of the nefarious activities of the herdsmen.
Fani-Kayode noted that the NHRC chairman, Odinkalu got him wrong as he was only referring to the Fulani Herdsmen and not the Fulanis as a tribe in his article ‘The Herdsmen from Hell’.
“I support the call by Afenifere that all Fulani herdsmen should be banned from the south-west. Actually, I believe that they should be banned from the entire south and not just the south west. I also stand by every word that I wrote in my widely published essay titled The Herdsmen From Hell,” Fani-Kayode said.
“We do not want those that slaughter innocent people, including women and children, in our midst. Those that say that we must remain silent when aliens and vandals invade our land, rape our women and kill our people shall be put to shame. No matter what they say, we will continue to expose and resist this evil.
“I have no regrets for describing those murderous Fulani herdsmen as tsetse flies. Actually they are worse than that because, like Satan, they only come to kill, steal and destroy.
“It is the gutless cowards amongst us that seek to play down the murder and rape of others that are guilty of hate crimes and not those of us that have the courage to call a spade a spade.
“Those that support the atrocities of the herdsmen are insensitive to the feelings and sufferings of others and that is the biggest crime of all. They hate the victims of these terrible atrocities and they love and make excuses for the perpetrators.
“Instead of speaking up for the human rights and civil liberties of those that have been maimed, killed and persecuted as they have been charged to do, they are busy trying to say things that are politically correct.
“Meanwhile people are being killed by their cattle-rearing friends on a daily basis. Shame on them.”