Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose has condemned the arrest of 76 Igbo villagers from Ugwuneshi Autonomous Community in Awgu Local Government Area of Enugu State.
This follows a clash that occurred between the natives and Fulani herdsmen.
Recall that last week Thursday, no fewer than 76 men from Ugwuneshi Autonomous community were arrested and taken away by “men in military uniform” after they protested the continued destruction of their crops and farmlands by Fulani herdsmen and their cattle who settled in the area without permission.
In his reaction, Fayose, speaking through his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said President Muhammadu Buhari should address the killing of Nigerians and destruction of farmlands by Fulani herdsmen.
While calling for the immediate and unconditional release of the 76 Igbo villagers, Fayose said Buhari must not give the impression that the Fulani herdsmen were lords in other people’s land.
“It has gotten to a level that lovers of peace in Nigeria must speak out on this keg of gunpowder which the threat that the Fulani herdsmen has become,” Fayose said.
“It is worrisome that the Fulani herdsmen that killed over 400 Agatus in Benue State, raped women and destroyed farmlands in the North Central, South West and South South zones of Nigeria are walking the streets free while Igbo people, who opted to defend their sources of livelihood are languishing in detention.
“Are they saying that those Igbo villagers do not have rights to defend their farmlands from further destruction by the Fulani herdsmen when the president who should defend them is keeping silent?
“These people must be released by whichever security agency of the Federal Government that is holding them because Nigerians don’t deserve to be treated like slaves in their own house,” he added.