The Governor of Ekiti State,South West, Nigeria, Ayodele Fayose has described the nefarious activities of the Fulani herdsmen in the country as one that has accorded a bad name and image to President Muhammed Buhari and other prominent Fulani leaders in the country.
Speaking while addressing the Maiyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria, MACBAN, farmers, hunters and security operatives in the State on security, the Governor remarked, "This killing is giving Fulani people a bad name. If there are no good people among them, how would General Buhari rise to be president?
"There are doctors, lawyers, engineers and other notable professionals among you. This is denting their names. The greatest of men are the peacemakers..
"Even though President Buhari does not send people to kill, it is spoiling his name. We are to make sure the killing stops," he said.
Lamenting on killing of a Tiv woman in the State by suspected herdsmen despite his call for caution, the Governor warned that no Yoruba person must be killed by the herdsmen, or by any stranger living among the host indigenes.
"If you ( Fulani herders) still want stay among us, you must accept the responsibility to ensure that none of our people's farms is destroyed by herdsmen any longer."
In order to ensure that no strangers can come and live among the people, the Governor demanded that the herdsmen would register with the State Government with a token of #5,000.
"It is not their money that we need but their identity and locality. The sum of #5,000 would renewable after a year. We are sending a bill to the State Assembly which would be that anyone caught and found guilty of harbouring dangerous Fulani herdsmen would be jailed for five years without an option of fine."
Gov. Fayose therefore urged every resident in Ekiti to report anyone or stranger who is suspected to be a killer Fulani herdsmen.
" Many of Fulani herdsmen who settled down here did so without permission from anyone. No one can living with us and we their host would not know who they are. They said some are strangers who only came briefly but we don't want that.
"We won't be intimidated by the terror of the few. The moment you are caught, you will face the law. The killing by Fulani is worse than Boko Haram. We want one Nigeria because we have gone far. Anyone harbouring criminals will not know peace. Enough is enough. Life is sacred, and must be treated as such.
" I am calling on the Federal Government to be firm, when actions are taken against these mindless individuals. This killing will stop. It is because they are taking it like family affairs, this is not in the interest of Nigeria. Ordinary Nigerians can't carry AK47 or pump action," he declared.