By Nwafor Sunday
Former Aviation minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, Tuesday lampooned Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore, over its call for the arrest of ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, who advised President Muhammadu Buhari in his latest Letter, to do something fast to curtail the incessant killings credited to herdsmen.
However, miffed with Obasanjo’s postulation, the National Secretary of the Miyetti Allah, Alhassan Saleh, opined that the Fulani should not be blamed for the rate of insecurity in the country.
His words, “The fact that there is insecurity, I don’t think the Fulani are responsible for it. The narrative that we are responsible for the insecurity is even the problem we have with the Nigerian state. “When any crime happens, even before there is an investigation, people rush to the press and start accusing Fulani herdsmen. Herdsmen are supposed to be carrying herds of cows but if somebody is a criminal or an armed robber, he should be treated as such.
Saleh advised the Federal Government to take decisive action against all elements and their sponsors causing instability in the country, adding that Obasanjo may want to destabilise the government.
His words, “The earlier they get him (Obasanjo) arrested and dealt with, according to the laws of the land, the better. He doesn’t mean well for the country. We just elected a new government; we have a National Assembly that was just inaugurated. Nobody needs any conference, except they are pushing for something else.
In view of the above therefore, Fani-Koyode blew hot and dared Buhari to arrest Obasanjo whom he (Femi-Kayode) said he spoke the truth about the country’s condition.
His words, “Obasanjo’s letter was timely and necessary. Whoever wants him to be arrested for it should drop dead and go to hell. He is attempting to save Nigeria from another civil war.
“Those that oppose his counsel fail to appreciate the fact that in the event of that war they will suffer more than anyone else.
“You do nothing but butcher cows and men and yet you have the nerve to call for the arrest of Obasanjo? Who do you think you are? Since when have a bunch of butchers been running the affairs of our country or dictating who will be arrested?
“I dare Buhari to go ahead and arrest Obasanjo and do your bidding. That is when you will know that even a madman has relatives. You are sitting on a time-bomb and playing with fire.
“Miyetti Allah’s call for the arrest of Obasabjo is reckless, irresponsible, dangerous and unacceptable. He has warned against a violent Yugoslavia-type break-up of the country and a “Rwandan-type genocide if things don’t change. Arresting him for speaking this bitter truth will only push us closer to that scenario.
“If you really want peace you will take his counsel and if you don’t want peace you will ignore it and let the killings continue. Obasanjo owes the nation and the country the truth and I am glad that he has spoken it.”