By; Oladele Adedayo, Ado-Ekiti.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has condoled members of Oke-Ako community over last week attack by herdsmen that led to two deaths and several people wounded.
Leading members of the State Working Committee of the party to the community Wednesday was the State Deputy Chairman, Mrs. Kemi Olaleye, who delivered the message of the party to members of the community at the palace of the Regent to the town.
Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun said in statement in Ado-Ekiti that the party condemned the attack and the killing of people, who were incidentally prominent members of APC.
Describing the incident as sad and pathetic, Olaleye said: “We are here to sympathise and identify with the regent, the family of the deceased and the entire community.
“We want to assure the people of this community of the commitment and sincerity of President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure security of lives and property across the country.”
She called on the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase, and Ekiti State Commissioner of Police, James Etop, to not only fish out the perpetrators, but also dispatch their men to all the border towns as a measure to prevent such heinous criminality in the state.
Condemning Governor Ayodele Fayose for making “serious security matters involving lives of Ekiti indigenes a political road show”, Olaleye said the governor should deploy his over N200m monthly security vote to support security agencies in the state to protect lives and property of Ekiti people.
She berated the governor for embarking on measures that can set the country on fire, saying that arming Ekiti people to kill Fulani herdsmen was a call for inter-ethnic confrontation that could lead to national crisis.
“Governor Fayose is on a familiar terrain to profit from lawlessness and lack of decorum upon which he rode to power.
“It is sad that a governor could not take into consideration what would be the backlash of his call to arm by Oke-Ako Community, particularly in a country ailed by ethnic suspicion and distrust as we had seen in the past when Fayose’s prescription led to tribal killings in our country.
“Because Fayose is consumed by anti-Buhari sentiment, which is his personal agenda that holds no profit for Ekiti people, the governor is not considering what in reprisal could happen to Ekiti people and other Yoruba people who are professionals and traders in the North,” she said.
Olaleye urged the governor to emulate the governors of Nasarawa and Benue states in the way they tackled the same problem peacefully instead of arming Ekiti people to kill the lawless Fulani herdsmen.
“In a country bedeviled with religious,ethnic and tribal cleavages, the consequences of Fayose’s armed option can lead to a full-blown war if the matter is not tackled with maturity and cool-headedness we need in this moment of unwarranted tension.
“We expect Fayose to call the governors in the North for a conference where this sad occurrence can be discussed in a peaceful manner to check the trend,” she said.
Others in the entourage included Femi Ogundare, Dupe Bakare, Moji Fafunre and Taiwo Olatunbosun.
APC commiserates with Ekiti community over herdsmen’s attack
By; Oladele Adedayo, Ado-Ekiti.