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We’re not bastards, we’ll protect our people – S/West Governors

We are not bastards; we are ready to protect our people. There is no doubt we are faced with many security challenges, but we are not bastards.

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following the spate of killings and insecurity in the South West, the governors, yesterday, warned that they were not bastards, said they are prepared to protect their people against external attacks.

The governors kicked against herdsmen in the region, urged the Federal Government to introduce ranches to help curb the situation.

The governors said this during burial of the 58-year-old Funke Olakunri, the daughter of the Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

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Speaking on behalf of his counterparts, Chairman of the South West Governors Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, said that the governors in the region are worried and saddened by the spate of killings and insecurity in the region.

Akeredolu, who lamented when he visited the Afenifere leader after the funeral service for his murdered daughter, said: “We are not bastards; we are ready to protect our people. There is no doubt we are faced with many security challenges, but we are not bastards. We are ready to tackle the security challenges in the region because we will give a good account to our people in the South West.”

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He regretted the magnitude of evils penetrated by Fulani Herdsmen: ” He added that it was time to ban nomadism in the region.”

“We are prepared to face this challenge. It is a security challenge that we shall not shy away from.

“All the governors are saddened by the killing of Funke. It shouldn’t have happened; it has brought us down. We should hide our face; we should be blamed.

“But we are prepared to face this challenge. It is a security challenge; something drastic and urgent needs to be done. This loss is not yours alone.”

The governor, however, assured Fasoranti that his daughter’s killers would be “smoked out from their hiding place.”

Also speaking, an Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, condemned the activities of the marauding herdsmen and urged the governors to collectively fight the menace of insecurity ravaging the region.

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