…Says restructuring sacrosanct to Nigeria’s unity
By Dapo Akinrefon
LAGOS — THE Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Aare Gani Adams, has called on Northern leaders resident in the South West to collaborate with him to end the incessant activities of herdsmen in the region.
He maintained that the herdsmen activities remains a security threat to the Yoruba nation.
He also restated his strong belief in restructuring, saying “for Nigeria to have genuine unity, the issue of restructuring must be taken care of urgently.”
Adams said this yesterday when prominent members of the Arewa Council of Chiefs, ACC, in Lagos and top members of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, paid him a courtesy visit.
The Aare Onakakanfo, who stated the need for regionalism, said: ”We have to perfect Nigeria to a country that we can be proud of.”
Adams, who described the issues of the herdsmen as a sad reminder of what Nigeria is known for, said: “On daily basis, what we hear about the Fulani of the past, negates the stories we hear now, and this is sad. The stories started filtering in from the North Central and metamorphosed to the South West, where people were killed and properties, including several hectares of land destroyed.”
While he called for synergy with the Northern leaders to curb the herdsmen activities, he said: “I am using this opportunity to appeal to you and at the same time ask for your cooperation on the best way to end the unnecessary killings by the herdsmen. The issue of the herdsmen is a security threat to the Yoruba nation and because of your integrity as a people you must do something urgent about this.”
Adams, who harped on unity and peace in the country, expressed appreciation on the visit, saying the Yoruba are very accommodating.
He said: “I am proud to say that the Yoruba are the most accommodating race in Nigeria. There is a lasting synergy between the OPC and the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, top Niger Delta groups, the Eze Ndigbo and other ethnic groups.”
Responding, president of the group, Alhaji Yerima Shettima said they were on the courtesy call to congratulate Adams on his new position, adding that the relationship between him and Aare dates back to over two decades, particularly, during the time of the struggles.
He said: “Aare Adams is my brother, who has been championing a just cause. Given his antecedents and past struggles, I have a number of reasons, including my personal experiences, to say Aare is most qualified for the prestigious title.
On the state of the nation, Yerima said: “The level of hunger in the country is alarming. It is sad that Nigerians are suffering, and this is occasioned by bad leadership. The issue of the herdsmen is highly politicized and that the north is not against restructuring.”