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Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari’s subtle approach to ending the incessant killings of innocent Nigerians by rampaging herdsmen across the country, stressing the it was time the President took drastic steps to contain the scourge from getting worse.
Speaking during a programme on Ekiti State Television, EKTV, the governor stated that the president’s approach to tackling the herdsmen menace calls for concern, noting that such would not end the continued crisis until the right thing is done.
Buttressing his point, Fayose recalled how Buhari had reportedly told state governors present at the Federal Executive Council meeting held last week to stop obstructing ‘cattle routes’ in their respective states
“If I were to be president of Nigeria, I will not act the way President Buhari is behaving (regarding the crisis),” Fayose was quoted as saying during the programme.
According to him, “The president must be courageous enough to end these mindless killings. He is the president and has what it takes. If I am the president, I will take appropriate steps and stand it down. A criminal is a criminal, whether Hausa man or Yoruba man. If you commit crime, you go in for it.
“I remember when we were in a meeting last week; the president was saying that people are blocking cattle routes. Have you heard that before? How can the president say people are blocking cattle routes? There is no cattle route in Ekiti in the 21st century.
“The president of Nigeria was saying governors should go and make sure they don’t block cattle routes. He said people are building houses to block cattle routes. I was laughing; I didn’t know what to say in council. I just left.”
However, the Presidency has yet to issue any official response to the governor’s claim.
Recall that the governor has been a fierce critic of the president Buhari-led administration, since its inception.