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HERDSMEN, FARMERS CLASHES: Akintoye, Okurounmu, OPC, others task S-West govs, Yoruba leaders


By Dapo Akinrefon

ILARO—SOME prominent Yoruba Leaders and self-determination groups including Senators Banji Akintoye, Femi Okunronmu, the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, and other vigilante groups, have tasked South West governors and other Yoruba leaders to defend all lands, farmers, private and public property in the region from being invaded and captured by external forces.

They said this at a summit organized by a group, Yoruba Koya Movement held at Community Pavilion Centre, Ilaro in Ogun State.

The parley which was attended by the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Mr.  Ahmed Iliyasu  was chaired by the paramount ruler of Yewa Land, the  Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle, the Asade Agunloye IV.

In his address, Emeritus Professor of History and Second Republic Senator, Banji Akintoye alleged that the current killings, kidnappings, and attack on farmlands in Yoruba land and in the Middle Belt are being sponsored by the Fulani Oligarchy with the sole aim to capture Nigeria.

He said farmers are being attacked and killed in Oyo, Ondo, Ekiti and Yewa axis of Ogun State virtually every day with security agencies doing nothing to curtail the surge.

He said: “Murderous herdsmen are for destruction and that will not be allowed in Yoruba land. There is a need for the Yoruba nation to speak with one voice. Yoruba Land must unite unless there’s fire on the mountain.

“That Yoruba are accommodating should not be taken for granted.  We welcome all tribes but they should all be law-abiding; they should not to come and destroy our properties. Herdsmen need to be stopped and driven away since they are always causing havoc. They cannot be allowed to destroy farmlands in Yoruba land except they want to rear their cattle peacefully.

“I call on South West Governors and those of Kwara, Kogi and Edo States to set party interest aside and join hands together and decide on how to protect Yoruba land for history and posterity in the face of the herdsmen aggression against the peace, security, and prosperity of our people. The Governors should consider measures for promoting and encouraging modern ranches to face out nomadic cattle rearing that is now a cause.”

Killings are going unchecked — Okunronmu

Also speaking, Senator Okunronmu, a senator who represented Ogun central in Senate from 1999 to 2003, said the ongoing killings in Nigeria are strategically figured out to capture Nigeria by all means necessary.

His words: “The leader of the Fulani in Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello said in 1960 shortly after independent that this new nation called Nigeria shall be an extension of the estate of our great grandfather, Othman Danfodio, we must ruthlessly prevent a change of government.

We must use the people of the Middle Belt as willing tools and the people of the South as conquered territory and never let them rule over us, never let them control their own future. Tell me, what can be more explicit than that? The killings are going unchecked because Buhari has keyed into the Fulani agenda.”

We’ll partner informal security sectors—Ogun Police boss

In his remarks, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, represented by an Assistant Commissioner of Police,  Tijani Fatai said the police and other security agencies in Ogun State promised to coordinate all informal security sectors in Ogun State to better safeguard the people.

He, however, cautioned against reprisal, warning that all informal security sectors in the state should follow laid down rules and regulations of the land in their fight against insecurity.

The Convener of Yoruba Koya, Otunba Deji Osibogun said the security formations in Nigeria are helpless adding that “there’s an agenda and we must be battle ready.”

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