- The group advises Fayemi to receive lectures from Fayose.
- Urges the government to tackle security than planning Ruga settlement.
The People’s Democratic Party National New Media Group, Ekiti State chapter has called on governor Kayode Fayemi not to exchange the ancestral properties of Ekiti citizens for personal political gains.
This is in a reaction to the approval of Ruga farm settlement approved by president Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The in a statement released on Sunday night said the establishment of RUGA settlements in the state can only massage the ego of President Buhari and a microscopic few and not the interest of Ekiti people.
The group which noted that cattle rearing is a business said it should be run as such and not be used as a cover for any expansionist agenda of a tribe with the aim of lording it over others across the country.
The Ekiti State Coordinator of the PDP-NNMG, Bola Agboola, said “the Alimi and Ilorin story remains very fresh in our memories and the 20th century Ekiti like our forefathers will never fall for such even if the man imposed on us by INEC and the courts through the presidency naturalises to Fulani.
“There is no gainsaying that under the Muhammadu Buhari-led APC Federal government, while Ikere-Akure Road has become a kidnapper’s den, Ilesha-Ife-Ibadan has become a no-go-area for motorists for fear of adoption. It is not out of place to say insecurity in the South West has never been this rife since the end of civil war in Nigeria.”
The group further pointed that such was cases the government ought to tackle than ceding their lands to Fulani.
“Ceding our lands to Fulani can’t be a solution,” Agboola said.
While commending Former governor Ayodele Fayose, for effectively putting Fulani herdsmen under perpetual check when he was governor, the group said there is nothing wrong in Fayemi taking lectures/ideas from his predecessor.
“It is noteworthy that Ekiti ranked as one of the most peaceful state in Nigeria under former Governor Ayo Fayose as he effectively kept Fulani herdsmen, kidnappers and armed robbers at bay in his second term; we urge Governor Fayemi to take a cue from that.
“Finally, we call on Dr. Fayemi to quickly rescind his decision to trade our heritage for a political pot of soup; farming is our mainstay in Ekiti and we assure him that Ekiti people will resist this ignoble act with all they have if he goes ahead with it,” Agboola said.