A former minister of aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of taking sides with herdsmen in Ondo state that were asked to vacate Ondo forests by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu over rising insecurity.
Recall that Akeredolu issued a public statement asking all herdsmen to vacate forests across the state in seven days.
In a swift reaction, the Federal Government through a statement issued by Garba Shehu, the Senior Special Assistant to Muhammadu Buhari on Media, stated that Akeredolu does not have the constitutional backing to issue such ultimatum to the herdsmen.
Reacting to the statement issued by FG, Fani-Kayode through series of tweets accused the herdsmen of masterminding the insecurity in Ondo State.
He supported Akeredolu on the ground that the herdsmen are allegedly involved in the killings across Ondo.
Fani-Kayode said, “The assertion by Garba Shehu that a bunch of murderous thugs, psychopathic vagabonds, barbaric rapists, merciless ritualists & vicious killers have a right to reside in the forests of Ondo & SW & continue to slaughter& rob our people is insulting, provocative, asinine & absurd.
“Quit notices cannot be given to law-abiding citizens in any part of Nigeria and I have always opposed such notices. However they can and must be given to those that kill, steal & seek to destroy the lives of others. Murderous terrorists and bloodthirsty and evil men that hide in the forest to ambush, kidnap, kill and destroy innocent and hardworking men and women have no constitutional rights. It is the duty of Government to not only flush them out from whichever hole they are hiding but also to dispatch them to hell where they belong.
“Akeredolu has done & said the right thing and I urge every single SW Governor to do the same. Fulanis, Hausas, Igbos, Ijaws & ALL Nigerians are welcome in the SW but terrorists, bandits, killers & unhinged, bloodlusting and bloodthirsty psychopaths and sociopaths are not.
He urged Buhari to stop treating issues concerning the herdsmen with ‘kid gloves.’
“Buhari do your job and stop the killings. Stop turning a blind eye simply because they come from your tribe. Stop brushing this under the carpet and treating them with kid gloves simply because they are your footsoldiers. Stop protecting them and stop encouraging them.
“Stop sacrificing the people of the SW on the altar of solidarity with the herdsmen and Miyetti Allah. Treat ALL Nigerians as equals & defend them ALL otherwise people will take measures to protect themselves. Developments in Ibarapa, Oyo state are a glaring testimony to that,” he said.