For organising a somewhat clandestine meeting with the Fulani herdsmen community in Ekiti state, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo’s aide Senator Babafemi Ojudu has come under immense fire from some members of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The aggrieved members, under the aegis of Ekiti APC Youths Congress (EAYC) condemned the actions of Ojudu, a Special Adviser (Political) in the office of the Vice President, saying his actions could cause trouble for the party in the state.
In a statement signed by Tope Ogunkuade and Comrade Tunji Adeleye Convener and Secretary of the group respectively, the youths said Ojudu’s move was unnecessary.
It read: “When our party failed to speak out to condemn killing of fellow indigenes of Ekiti State by Fulani herdsmen, we condemned it.
“We said then that support for President Mohammadu Buhari should not becloud the party’s sense of reasoning and patriotism towards Ekiti and its people.
“However, instead of our leaders to join Governor Fayose to safeguard the lives of Ekiti people and the sources of their livelihood against the killer herdsmen, Senator Ojudu, again took the ridiculous step of holding meeting with leaders of the herdsmen, not minding that they openly threatened to invade Ekiti State.
“At such a meeting, we would have expected that Senator Ojudu would ask the Miyetti Allah what role it played when its members invaded Oke-Ako and killed two Ekiti sons, but we were shocked to read in the newspapers that Ojudu was pacifying them.
“How do we now, as a party face Ekiti people that are already seeing our party as supporting the herdsmen’s killing of our people and destruction of their farmlands?”
Meanwhile, the Afenifere Renewal Group has accused the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria of threatening the people of Ekiti state.
The accusation by Afenifere follows the cattle breeders’ reaction to the creation of Marshals by Governor Ayodele Fayose to enforce the Prohibition of Cattle and other Ruminants Grazing law in Ekiti state.