Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti, has faulted what he believes is President Muhammadu Buhari’s reluctance to tackle criminality by Fulani herdsmen. Fayose made the comment in response to the recent killing in two villages of Adamawa by some armed herders. The attack reportedly left women and children, among other victims, dead.
The governor, a known critic of the president, also suggested the herders criminality had seemingly supplanted the deadly Boko Haram terrorists operating predominantly in states of Nigeria’s North-East region.
“Today, my heart goes to the families of those people killed in Adamawa by herdsmen. It appears that herdsmen have replaced Boko Haram in that State and one wonders why the president is always reluctant to take actions against the herdsmen”, Fayose tweeted on Tuesday.
There have been frequent clashes between herders and farmers in different parts of the country, with merely feeble responses from the government. President Buhari’s assurance to deal with criminal herdsmen had not had the ferocity with which the Boko Haram insurgents are being dealt with. This situation has made some Nigerians accuse the president – who is equally a Fulani – of covertly protective of the armed nomadic cattle rearers.
According to a report by the Global Terrorism Index, the Fulani herders are the world’s fourth terrorism group. The Fulani militants are believed to be mainly of the Fula ethinic stock operating in Nigeria and parts of the Central African Republic.