Senator Ahmad Lawan, the president of Senate while speaking to the BBC blamed South West Governors for the killings in Sasha Market in Ibadan, Oyo State.
The Senate president said that the governors are also responsible for the violence and attacks against the Northerners in the South West region, Vanguard reports.
He said, “Leadership Failures In The Region Cause What Happened In Oyo State And Other Things That Kept Happening In The Southwestern States.”
“Some utterances by some governors also went a long way in inciting the citizens to take up arms against other ethnic groups settling in their states. “The governors’ utterances emboldened the criminals to unleash violence against the northerners.”
In his response posted on his verified official twitter page, the former Aviation Minister, Femi Fani-Kayode disagreed completely with the senate president’s submission which he said is untrue.
“This is NOT true. And frankly I am beginning to suspect that there is a well-orchestrated script unfolding here. I was in Ibadan”, he said.
Fani-Kaoyode who also visited Ibadan said that when the Shasha killings started he went on tour of the affected area. Many people were killed on both sides of the ethnic divide and had it not been for the efforts of the Governor of Oyo state and the tacit support and encouragement he got from the other South West Governors in terms of appealing to the people of Ibadan to show restraint, what happened in Oyo would have been a hundred times worse, and far many more northerners would have been killed, he said.
According to him, “The level of hate and resentment against Fulani herdsmen in the SW is frightful and unprecedented today and the Governors are having a hard time trying to calm people down and reign them in even though they may not want to admit it publicly”.
“The decisive actions of the SW Governors over the last few months actually saved lives and their words and utterances actually reflected the will of the people”.
If, for example, Governor Akeredolu had not banned herdsmen from the forests of Ondo, after some time the local population would have gone there themselves to throw them out violently, he explained.
The truth is that all the South West states are sitting on a keg of gunpowder over this herdsmen issue and the local population are mobilising against them in a very frightening way.
“Northern leaders should thank the South West Governors for keeping a lid on the whole thing and restraining our people rather than blame them for trying to keep the peace in the face of the most extreme provocation from the terrorists.
Quite apart from that I need to ask this question.Why does the Senate President not complain about the violence that northerners are inflicting on middle Belters and southerners in the North itself?
Again why does he not complain about the barbaric attacks and killing of our people in the South West and other parts of the South and Middle Belt by killer Fulani herdsmen who are carrying arms, raping our women, occupying our land and terrorising our people?
How come he does not complain about that? Is Northern blood more precious than Southern blood?
It appears that he is only concerned about retaliatory attacks by the local Yoruba population who have been brutalised and traumatised by the terrorists.
He has not complained about what those terrorists are doing to our people and he has exhibited no empathy with the victims simply because they are Southerners.
Is this right or fair? It is wrong for anyone to target other ethnic groups in their region and I totally condemn that but the north needs to understand that the people of the South West particularly believe they have been encircled and that they are under siege.
The only way the resentment against northerners will vanish in that zone is when the killer herdsmen and terrorists stop the killings. Outside of that all the self- serving and sanctimonious admonitions and lectures in the world from Northern leaders, who are clearly partial in this matter, to our leaders in the South West will change nothing.
If we want peace let us be honest and let us join hands, stand shoulder to shoulder and fight against the killers together. Blaming South West Governors and leaders for the failures of the Federal Government to provide law and order and protect our people from terrorists and savages will not help in this matter.
As a matter of fact it will only make things worse.
See Femi Fani Kayode’s tweets and responses to senate president claim below…