Olaleye Idowu

A socio-cultural organisation known as the Afenifere has said the “Yoruba’s can’t be threatened with war” at this stage as it described as a hypocritical, comment made by the Arewa consultative forum on the clashes in Ibarapa local government Area of Oyo state over the activities of Fulani herdsmen.

The organization said never would the South West be going to run for anybody on their land.

While advising the ACF to “call their criminals to order”, Afenifere warned that Yoruba would not want a repeat of the incident of 1966.

The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said these in a statement entitled: ‘ACF hypocritical tears’, and that which disseminated to journalists in Abuja

He said, “The attention of Afenifere has been drawn to the hypocritical tears of Arewa Consultative Forum over clashes in Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo state occasioned by the inimical activities of Fulani herdsmen against indigenous Yoruba people.

“While we have gone to a great length to sue for peace and have appealed to our pained people to be law-abiding even with the daily provocations of the Fulani and harassment of our people, we frown at the very arrogant and insulting ACF statement, especially their reference to the event of 1966.

 “We must make it clear to them that they cannot threaten us with a war at this stage as we will not provoke war but never are we going to run for anybody on our land.

“We are miffed that a body like ACF that has never shown any remorse over the killing of our people can open their mouths anyhow now because there are consequences for the irresponsible actions of their people.

“We advise them to call their criminals to order and not expect our people to sheepishly wait to be killed by those who value cow lives more than human beings.

“We do not want a repeat of 1966 event but if there are people plotting such event again, the rain will be over their heads.”

The reaction came as a result of the continuous challenges of insecurity in the southwest which had triggered the reaction of prominent Yoruba activist popularly known as Sunday igboho who until now, had given herdsmen a seven days ultimatum to leave Igangan, a location in ibarapa local government area of the state.

 In reaction to the developments, the presidency was quoted as saying instruction has been given to the inspector general of police to arrest Sunday igboho for giving Fulani in Oyo state an ultimatum

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, was quoted as saying this during an interview with BBC Hausa.

According to the report, Shehu said he had just got off the phone with the IGP who told him that an order had been given to the Commissioner of Police in Oyo State, Ngozi Onadeko, to arrest igboho immediately and transfer him to Abuja.

Part of the report read, “Garba said he just got off the telephone with the Inspector General of the Nigeria Police, who confirmed to him that he had ordered the arrest of Igboho, who is to be brought to Abuja.

Meanwhile, the National President of Yoruba youth socio-cultural Association Olalekan Hammed has advised against the planned arrest of Sunday igboho.

Hammed told journalists that arresting igboho will trigger a crisis in the area.

He said Igboho offered to do what security agencies had not been able to do for the people, saying many indigenes of the land had been maimed and killed for so long by herdsmen.

According to him, arresting Igboho will make the people lose confidence in the Federal Government.

 “Ibarapa youths may react violently if Sunday Igboho is arrested. They will also lose hope in both the federal and the state government.

“Ibarapa and other communities across Yoruba land seriously need to be guaranteed safety. So, any attempt to arrest Igboho will make the people think the government wants the menace of bandits in their communities to continue.”

He said the police should not arrest Igboho because he did not ask Fulani to leave Yoruba land but criminals.

He added, “The President’s body language which is boosting criminal herders’ moral has already pushed the entire country in a state of anarchy.”

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