Zamfara Killings: Yari Vindicates My Claim On $1bn ECA Withdrawal, Says Fayose

Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has said the claim by Zamfara

State Governor, Alhaji Abdulaziz Yari, that security agencies failed to

respond to the alert given them to prevent the massacre of people in

Zamfara has vindicated his stance that no extra $1bn needed to be

deducted from the Excess Crude Oil Account to fund the fight against



Fayose, who addressed newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Saturday, said funds being

spent on security seemed not well used, as instead of insecurity being

curtailed, the nation was unfortunately witnessing more killings on a daily



In a statement by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Mr Idowu Adelusi,

he quoted Fayose as saying that if security agencies were not properly

utilising the funds given them, “why giving them more.”


According to Fayose, “Governor Yari is the Chairman of the Nigerian

Governors’ Forum, he is the one saying we should give $1 billion from ECA

to these security people and he said despite alerting security agencies

over 24 hours before the needless killings in his state, they failed to

rise to the occasion. That was not the first time such a thing would

happen. Recall that Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State said the same

thing. Also, Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba State said a similar thing.


” On all the occasions, the security agencies failed to act. More than 73

people were killed in Benue, scores killed in Taraba and we now have the

Zamfara issue. Regrettably, the killings have not stopped. If as a country

we spend so much money on security, with practically no result, where is

the justification for another round of funding. Fund an inept security



“The Zamfara issue is not only inhuman, but unfortunate. This must not

continue and we must tell the Federal Government to do something. The

killings we have witnessed in this country from 2015 till date is

unprecedented and perhaps never seen in the history of our country since

Independence. Are we in a war situation?


“We must stop wasting people’s lives and use the $1 billion for the welfare

of our people in other sectors that will bring result. The All Progressives

Congress-led Federal Government has lost it,” the governor said.


Fayose, who also had a poser for President Muhammadu Buhari, noted that

despite the president’s usual directive of security people assessing the

situation, he challenged the president to tell Nigerians how many culprits

have been arrested or prosecuted.


“It is like President Buhari is living on another planet not to say

country. He is disconnected from the people and the reality on ground. He

does not seem to be in tune with reality. People are tired of lies and

cheap propaganda. His government has failed the nation and he should just

throw in the towel,” he stated.


Fayose also faulted the APC government of claiming glory for projects and

policies put in place by the previous adminstration of President Goodluck



“The drone that President Jonathan launched some years ago, they now woke

up now to say their government has achieved a feat in that regards. May be

they think the people are fools and have no sense of history. Nigerians

will show them during the election,” he added.