Femi Fani Kayode has called of Farmers to arm themselves with AK-47.
News Rain Nigeria reports that the former Aviation Minister, and one of the Chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Femi Fani Kayode on Thursday paid a solidarity visit to Mr. Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho in his Soka Ibadan residence.
Speaking during his visit to Sunday Igboho, he declared that since some northern leaders have said that the Fulani herdsmen should be licensed and allow to carry AK-47 to defend themselves and their cows, then there is nothing wrong with Farmers and innocent citizens to also defend themselves with AK-47.
Arm Yourselves With AK-47- FFK Advice Farmers, Citizens
Fani-Kayode who had a closed-door meeting with Sunday Igboho for more than three hours noted that if the government had been alive to its responsibility of protecting the lives of the citizens, people like Sunday Igboho won’t have to emerge to show bravery and resist the continuous killings, raping and destruction of farmlands by suspected herders, especially in the Southwest.
The former minister who described Sunday Igboho as a freedom fighter said the whole of the Yoruba nation is solidly behind him and his mission to ensure that the people are safe and free from the killer herdsmen, adding that Sunday Igboho is not against any particular tribe, ethnic or people.
According to him, “A good friend of mine, the Governor of Bauchi state, Bala Mohammed, we served together as ministers, he said a few days ago that Fulani herdsmen should be given the right to carry AK47.
“Now, I disagree with that, but that was his opinion and as I told him, he is entitled to his opinions and he can voice it.
“If you go by that principle, then it makes absolute sense that if Fulanis are allowed to carry AK-47 to defend their cows and their lives if they feel threatened, then it is also logical for members of the local communities, farmers and each and every one of us should also have that right to defend ourselves against killer Fulani herdsmen and against those that are coming to kill us and rape our women.
“So, I am totally and completely behind that and I will like that very much. Why not? We are responsible and decent people, the Americans have that right, it is enshrined in their constitution and if it is also that we could carry arms, perhaps we won’t have the kind of atrocities that are being committed throughout the country and not just throughout the South, even in the North itself, I must tell you, it is unbelievable what is going in terms of these killers killing members of the local population.
“Perhaps that is one way to solve the problem, but the best way is for the government itself to rise up and do something about it. That is what we are paying them for, that is what they are there to do, let’s hope they do it and so we don’t have to do it ourselves.”
He also aligned with the call of the Minister of Defence on the people to defend themselves against banditry and killings saying the likes of Sunday Igboho has proved that the people can stand up for themselves.
FFK while speaking on the purpose of his visit, said “My purpose is to come and stand side by side, shoulder by shoulder with someone I have immense respect for. He has shown the world and most importantly, he has shown Yoruba people that we are not cowards, we are not people who can be pushed around, we are not people who can be pillaged, killed, and raped, and those that perpetrate this crime feels at ease in our land.
“So, I have come to express my appreciation and solidarity with somebody that I believe has done the right thing without violating any laws in this country because that is very important. I don’t believe he has done that.
“I believe it is right and proper for every Yoruba leader to show appreciation for the lives he has saved and for his pursuits of people that have been committing crimes, that is the first purpose.
“The second purpose is also to let him also let him know that his message of peace and unity, that is to say, he has nothing Fulani people but he has everything against criminals that comes to our forest in this part of the country to come and kill, those are his enemies, those are the people that are our collective enemies and that is what he is fighting against and there is nothing unlawful in that.”
The former Aviation Minister also stressed that the failure of the government to provide adequate security for the citizens has made people like Sunday Igboho to come out to show bravery and resist the continuous killings, raping, and destruction of farmlands by suspected herders, especially in the Southwest.
Fani-Kayode further stressed that if such a licence is ever considered, that will make it automatically expedient for other local residents to also enjoy the same privilege of bearing arms to also protect themselves against suspect killers, bandits, and rampaging herdsmen.
He maintained that the best way to go in resolving the security challenges would be for the government at all levels to do the needful, which is to find a lasting solution of providing security for the people as constitutionally expected so that people won’t have to be considering bearing arms.