By Ola Ajayi
Ibadan—FOLLOWING alleged loss of 500 cows belonging to Fulani herdsmen in Oke Ogun and Ibarapa areas of Oyo State, the Chairman, Soludero Hunters Association, Chief Oladejo Oladapo and the President of the association, Chief Nureni Ajijola Idris, have advised the Fulani socio-cultural organization, Jamu Nati Fulbe Association of Nigeria not to resort to violence as the state government and police are making arrangement to solve the knotty issue.
While giving the advice in Ibadan at the weekend, they said it would be helpful for the herdsmen to toe the path of peace as violence would only escalate the matter.
National Chairman of the Fulani herdsmen, Alhaji Saliu Kadir, had, a fortnight ago, lamented that since the report of the sudden disappearance of their cattle was made, the committee that was set up to address the issue had been too lackadaisical.
As the first step to recover their cows, the herdsmen had ordered closure of all their cattle markets in Ibarapa areas.
Reacting to the incident, Chief Oladapo said: “We are aware of what Fulani herdsmen are doing in Oke Ogun and Ibarapa areas of Oyo State.”
Corroborating the hunters’ leader’s stance, Idris who is the National President of Soludero Hunters Association of Nigeria, said: “We are calling on all Fulani herdsmen to comport themselves and not disturb Oyo State’s peace.’’
We have to make rituals so that their killing instincts will not gain ground in Oyo as they do in other places. All of us – Christians Muslims and traditional worshippers – have to pray so that peace will reign in this state. All adherents of all these three religions have to come together to pray.”
However, he warned the herdsmen not to foment trouble but should behave orderly for the issue to be resolved.’’