Former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Chief Olu Falae, on Monday expressed disappointment over continued silence of President Muhammadu Buhari on incessant attacks by Fulani herdsmen on farmers in the country.
Falae’s farm, located at Ilado Community in Akure North Local Government area of Ondo State, was set ablaze by men suspected to be herders on Sunday night. The elder stateman said the arson on his farm was an attempt to kill him. He said he expected the President to have announced an effective measures that could control the capacity of the herdsmen from terrorising the people of the country.
Speaking after the assessment tour of the farm, Falae said, “I have been at the receiving end for long. Even, after I was kidnapped, they came back and killed one of my guards and the case remains an unsolved murder case.”
Falae who said the arson was targeted at him, noted that “I believe if they saw me in person, it is me they would hurt.” According to him, “To burn Palm trees, amounts to act of malice and hatred and I believe they have malice against me and they hate me, that is why they will burn my palm trees, uproot the Palm trees I planted and throw the seedlings away. That does not help the cattle in anyway”. The former SGF disclosed that he would join hands with other leaders from the South West zone, to ensure that “there is no colony in Yorubaland.”
According to the elderstateman, “I have expected him (Buhari) for over two years to take an initiative and make a national broadcast to his people in Nigeria assuring us that he will handle the matter by announcing effective measures that could control the capacity of the herdsmen and assure that both the herdsmen and us can live together in peace without one side damaging the other. I am disappointed I’ve not heard this from him.” Falae stated further that, “If I were President I would have taken the initiative because this is not a problem that cannot be solve many nations have gone through this, this mode of cattle rearing is universal but in the last hundred years most nation’s have solved the problem by adopting ranching.