Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has described the continued devastating activities of the Boko Haram insurgents and militia herdsmen in some parts of the country as a manifestation of internal aggression and not external one as everyone would believe.
The governor said that government’s alleged failure to tackle the challenge of insecurity over the time and adoption of ransom payment are indications that insecurity challenges have become an internal problem caused by those who are allegedly profiting from it.
Addressing a press conference in Ado Ekiti, Fayose urged the international community to investigate the activities of insurgents which has continued unabated.
He said, ” We don’t have external aggression but an internal one. We are calling on the international community to look beyond Boko Haram or herdsmen. The international community should come for fact finding and dig deeper into the killings in Nigeria. This is beyond what Boko Haram or herdsmen are doing.
“It is more of what the government has failed to do on time. Nigerians are becoming helpless. Benue people need international intervention, they need support. We want to believe that President has lost it. His approach has been cosmetic.
“How would you want us to believe that the Nigerian army cannot engage herdsmen, cannot engage Boko Haram. It seems that the reason for the coming of President Buhari to secure Nigeria has been defeated in all areas, corruption and fight against Boko Haram to secure Nigeria among others.
“You can all see the situation, Nigerians are angry and hungry on daily basis as they are being killed by their own brothers. I can’t understand why the federal government cannot take a stand to engage the so called herdsmen.
“They flaunt their weapons on the social media and the government looks away. Currently, the APC led government led by President Buhari is paying lip service to the challenge of security of book Haram and herdsmen, ” he alleged.
Fayose urged Nigerians to challenge the President to act decisively, saying: “Steps must be taken, Nigeria must realise that if we fail to challenge the government on this, it would be a sad story for the coming generation.
” Personally, I am worried as a Nigerian, that we are no longer safe in our father land.
The president’ s visit to Taraba is simply political. After the President left Taraba people were killed. I can’t believe that after three months of the killings the President only went to the troubled part and spent only one or two hours and left. It is unfortunate.
Asked if the governors’ forum has advised President Buhari on what to do, he said, “The Governors Forum is not the Commander in chief of the nation. The present government is not taking advice. How do you explain a situation where our president is saying governors should tell their people not to block cattle route in this twenty first century?
When we are faced with the challenge of people carrying AK 47 in the name of rearing cows, we are talking of cattle routes in the 21st century! The defence for cows has become more important than that of human beings.
” The world has become a global village, Nigeria is not isolated. When this matter is well probed we would see that it is beginning to look like a business. Some people seem to be promoting this war because they are gaining from it. Some have turned it into a business. People saddled with the responsibility of protecting Nigerians have turned it into business.
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