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S/West PDP To Govs: You Have Abandoned Us To Herdsmen Because Of Buhari



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The Southwest chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has blasted governors in the region for mortgaging the security of the region at the altar of politics upon their failure to approach President Muhammadu Buhari on the menace of Fulani herdsmen in the region.

The party in a communique on Sunday equally charged President Buhari to rise to his duty saying that the latitude with which the herdsmen had held the region captive was suggestive of being treated with kid gloves.

The communique was issued in Akure by the zonal spokesman of the party, Ayo Fadaka.

“We also condemn the Governors of the South West, particularly those of Ekiti, Osun, Ondo and Oyo for not doing enough to safeguard their people. 

“Roads across these States have become the theatre of operation of these hoodlums and they seem to stand by helplessly and watch, thereby making us to query what indeed they spend the humongous sum they take as security vote on. 

“When we recall that this same Ekiti that is the Fulani terrorists/ herdsmen main operational theatre was bereft of developments of this nature under ex Governor Ayo Fayose, it calls to question the commitment of all our Governors to keep our region safe.

“It is in Ondo State that an Oba’s palace was violently invaded by herdsmen and all the Governor did is an appeasement of the hoodlums, this is disappointing. 

“It is now becoming a common occurrence for these hoodlums to enter houses and pluck people like oranges. 

“The Governors must compulsorily know that we are essentially Yoruba firstly irrespective of partisan political affiliations, thus must assiduously protect our people and land through the instrumentalities of their offices compulsorily, their failure so far, which we suspect is dictated by the ephemeral need to be seen as being loyal to Mr President, and remain in his good books without briefing him adequately on the challenges of our region is absolutely sycophantic and condemnable.

“We also call on Yoruba leaders to immediately shun partisanship and convoke a meeting where the issues of our security will be wholly addressed without delay. 

“These are trying times for us as a people, we have not suffered this type of invasion since the betrayal of Afonja and we must as a matter of urgency develop an immediate answer to this scourge before  it is too late. 

“Our Obas owe us the responsibilities to eschew undue rivalry within their ranks, close gaps and design models 
of traditional response firstly in their various domain, and in our entire region.

“We also call on the APC leaders in the South West to put the pursuance of opportunistic desires aside and speak with President Buhari on this score. As for us in the PDP, we restate our loyalty to our Party and nation, but take very seriously our principled commitment to the peace and security of our region, Yoruba land.”

“It is unfortunate to state that the South West is today under the siege of Fulani terrorists or herdsmen who perpetrate criminal actions daily in the most unfettered manner. 

“In our region, kidnapping, assault and rape by these marauders remains unchecked, this lethargy has even emboldened them to even attack a traditional ruler in his palace, without repercussions, thus egregiously making a bold statement that we the Yorubas have become their captives. 

“This we condemn outrightly as a direct assault, insult and desecration of our corporate heritage as Yoruba people.

“We demand of President Buhari to immediately order the Security agencies to flush these criminals out of the South West immediately, if he does, we the Yorubas will heave a sigh of relieve and discard our suspicion that ethnic cleansing is about to be prosecuted in our nation. We will sincerely appreciate him for it. 

“However taking due cognisance of the President’s lethargy and pussy footing, we may not expect this to happen soon, our conclusion in this direction is reinforced by the fact that he only recently gave a directive concerning the Apapa road debacle after years of crisis and suffering it has posed to the people and national economy.

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