Following the backlash he received from Nigerians for condemning the killing of a Fulani family of six in a village near Wasinmi, a community along Ife/Ibadan expressway, Femi Fani-Kayode, a former Aviation Minister has lambasted Nigerians who dragged him on Twitter.
Unknown gunmen had stormed the community over the weekend and killed the family members. The reason for the killing is yet to be ascertained.
Reacting to the unfortunate incident via his Twitter handle on Saturday, March 13, FFK wrote;
”Gunmen in Osun went to the home of an innocent & defenceless Fulani herdsman & killed him & 6 of his family members yesterday. This is barbaric & unacceptable. Those that indulge in such cruel & callous acts are as bad as the foreign Fulani terrorists that kill our people.”
Some Nigerians took offence at his tweet and attacked him. They accused him of defending the Fulanis.
Reacting to the attacks on him via his Twitter handle this morning, FFK said he supports the killing of criminals whether they are Fulanis or not but will never support the killing of innocent persons.
”I make no apology for saying it was wrong to kill an INNOCENT & DEFENCELESS Fulani family of 6 in Osun.Those that condemn me for saying this are worse than animals. You CANNOT justify the murder of INNOCENTS under ANY circumstances &being Fulani should not be a death sentence.
We must not lose our sense of decency& humanity & we must not let our emotions becloud our better judgement.I support the killing of TERRORISTS (Fulani or otherwise) but I REFUSE to support the killing of innocent& defenceless people, including women & children, regardless of their tribe or faith and whether they are Fulani, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Ijaw or anything else. We can kill those who attack us but we must protect those who choose to live in peace with us.
The killing of innocents can never be described or deemed as a heroic act.”