Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti state has vowed that nobody could come from outside to take the land of the Ekiti people.
Fayemi stated this on Monday when he paid a condolence visit to the Orin Ekiti community where a 65-year-old hunter identified as Mr. Emmanuel Ilori was shot dead during the weekend.
He assured the people that he will remain resolute in ensuring that no one takes land belonging to Ekiti indigenes. Fayemi said:
“Nobody is coming to take our land in Ekiti; the governor of Ekiti state has power over the land of Ekiti and it is the person that the governor gives land in Ekiti that can use the land of Ekiti.
“If there are negative comments being peddled around that some people are coming to take over Ekiti land, it’s mere hearsay. It cannot happen in Ekiti except I am no longer the governor of Ekiti state and there is nobody that can be governor in Ekiti that will cede Ekiti land to outsiders because our land is not even enough for us.
“Adequate security of our people is what concerns me most in Ekiti and Nigeria and I want our people to ignore the lies and falsehood some individuals are spreading around. There is nobody that will be governor in Ekiti that will allow outsiders to take over our communities from the people here or say that people coming from elsewhere should come and take over Ekiti land.
“Those saying this are only playing politics with the matter. This is not politics, security is an issue that concerns all of us.
“Some individuals have been spreading baseless rumours to cause disaffection because they are no longer in power and it is their wish that Ekiti should be consumed by anarchy.
“I want to assure you that our government has not stopped work on security. No single individual or group can provide security; the local hunters know their terrains very well than our security agents and it will serve the people well if they work together.”
Fayemi said that traditional hunters and security agencies would henceforth work together to ensure adequate security for the people of the state as he assured that people of the state would henceforth witness the deployment of more soldiers, armed policemen and other security agencies so that they could sleep with their two eyes closed.