4 times Fayose showed Nigerians how to deal with herdsmen
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti state is one governor that Fulani herdsmen should not mess with as he is out to deal with them.
Following series of attack by herdsmen on different communities across the country, Fayose decided to take a drastic action.
The Ekiti governor is not joking with herdsmen and has showed it several times to Nigerians.
On several occasions, he has shown Nigerians that he can deal with herdsmen on his own as the federal government has kept mute over the issue.
1. Banned grazing
Fayose made history as the first governor to take a drastic step against herdsmen attack. In May, he banned grazing and rearing of cattle in the state. He told herdsmen to get their own private cattle ranch if they want to rear cattles. He took this action following the killing of two people by suspected herdsmen in Oke-Ako in Ikole local government area of the state.
I have directed that cattle rearing and grazing should stop in Ekiti State and those interested in cattle farming should henceforth do so in their own cattle ranch,” he said.
2. Ekiti people to take up arms against herdsmen
As the no-nonsense man that he is, he asked the people to rise against the herdsmen and defend themselves and their family. He told the people to kill the herdsmen before they get to them.
“ Before any herdsmen kill you, kill them, before they rape your wives, kill them, and before they rape your children kill them.
“I am giving you this order before they kill you kill them. You have to defend yourselves. Before they get you, you must get them down and take them out ,” he said.
3. Signs anti-grazing bill
In a bid to curtail the activities of herdsmen, the governor signed the ant-grazing bill into law. It prohibits the activities of herdsmen in the state and any herdsman caught with firearms or other weapons during grazing activities would be charged with terrorism and their cattle confiscated.
The governor signed the bill into law on Monday, August 29, in front of an audience of about 3,000 traditional chiefs in Ekiti state.
4. Arrest cows
To show that he will not tolerate the excesses of the herdsmen, Fayose personally chased herdsmen along Afao Ekiti road. He also arrested one cow. The governor was on his way to Ikole Ekiti on Wednesday, October 12, when he saw the herdsmen and their cows. On seeing the governor’s security men, the herdsmen ran into the bush leaving their cows behind.