Ondo state governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has described the incessant attack on former Secretary to Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae by Fulani Herdsmen as an affront on the Yoruba nation.
The governor also said that the lawlessness of the herdsmen is a challenge to food security and cautioned that the country was heading towards precipices if the activities of the Fulani herdsmen was not curtailed by the Federal government.
Mimiko said this at a peace meeting with members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) in Akure, saying the menace demands national emergency and called on the Federal government to arrest the situation.
“There is no question about the fact that this is becoming a monster of sort. I have had cause to express my view on this on many occasions and I think we all ignore this menace as a nation, I can see us moving towards a precipice and we must do something about it as early as possible, it is getting dangerous, the audacity is very disturbing.”
Suspected Fulani Herdsmen recently attacked the farm of Chief Olu Falae and killed one of the guards, Ayodele Ige.
Mimiko, however, appealed to the OPC members not to take laws into their hands, just as he commended all the security operatives in the state for rising to the situation saying the police have been supportive, they have been tracing the people behind the killing of the guard, with an assurance that they will be brought to book.
“These herdsmen must be called to order, these wanton destructions, audacious incursions in other people territory cannot continue for too long.”
“It is very ironical, we have been talking about diversification and agriculture is the main focus but in this state there is hardly any medium scale or large scale farmers that has not had any encounter or the other with the herdsmen.”
“They just go to the farm and devastated the farms, some of them have been turned to perpetual debtors because some of the input for the farms are from bank loans , the herdsmen will just get there and destroy these farmlands and we are talking of diversification.
“But I think if we don’t do anything about the activities of these herdsmen, I can see a threat to the security of this country so it is a major challenge and I think the President and all major stakeholders should take this as a very serious challenge” the governor said.