Gov Fayose
Gov Fayose

group, Concerned
Professionals Congress,
CPC, has lampooned
Governor Ayo Fayose of
Ekiti State over his directive
to the people to henceforth
kill anyone found to be
involved in attacks.
The group said such
a directive is a resort to
anarchy, mob action and
jungle justice and portends
grave danger to democracy
and national stability.
The pro-democracy
group observed that such
a charge to the people of
the state to carry out mob
action could be hijacked
and exploited by enemies
of democratic stability in
the country to unleash
aggravated mayhem and
fulfil their narrow and
selfish agenda to truncate
and derail Nigeria’s
fledgling democracy.
While condemning in
strong terms the recent
killing of two persons in
the state by hoodlums suspected to be herdsmen, the
group condoled the families
of the deceased, but appealed
to the people to allow security
agencies properly investigate
the killings to unravel the
identities of the perpetrators
and bring them to justice.
CPC’s National Coordinator,
Tukur Musa Tilde, and Chief
Media Strategist, Emeka
Nwapa, told journalists in
Abuja that the governor’s
directive to the people
to carry out mob action
against herdsmen attacks is
anarchical, dangerous and
inimical to the resolution of
conflicts in the country.
They said such a wholesale
approval of reprisal killing
automatically endangers
the lives of other citizens
elsewhere in the country.
‘‘It is very important that our
elected leaders are cautious
in the present circumstances.
Without doubt, we are
alarmed by the spates of
marauding killer herders in
the country. However, we
should not allow emotion to
rule our actions. Our leaders should rise above base
instincts otherwise leadership
will be meaningless.
‘’We should not herd our
people into more dangers.
We should emulate Governor
Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu
State who, after similar
horrendous attacks on
Ukpabi-Nimbo community,
displayed rare calmness and
candour, urging his people
to avoid reprisals. This is the
commendable spirit of the
new Nigeria,’’ Nwapa said.
The group argued that
reprisal actions had never
resolved any conflict
anywhere except deepening
existing fault lines, pointing
out that Fayose even admitted
in his address to the people
that he could not guarantee
the extent of the fallout of his
‘‘The governor may have
later realised the obvious
fallout of his charge when
he told them that he will
approach the House of
Assembly for a bill to
criminalise grazing in wrong
areas. This is the lawful thing to do. There are laws
that criminalise rape, illegal
weapon possession and
such attacks. Mob action,
jungle justice and anarchy
are as strange to our laws as
they are inimical to national
peace, unity and stability. The
danger is that mobs don’t
think twice. They have no
reverse gear,’’ Tilde said.
The group urged security
agencies to always reevaluate
and upscale
their intelligence towards
forestalling acts by nonstate
actors to disintegrate
the country for their selfish
motives, noting that Nigeria’s
unity and indivisibility are
While lauding the governor
for his consistent populist
posture, the group urged
him to continue to mobilise
the people to work for peace,
unity and stability of the
country in the belief that
Nigeria will successfully
weather the current storms
and emerge as a greater
and more united and stable