The Aare Ona Kakanfo in Council on Sunday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take concrete action against the murderous activities of Fulani herdsmen in Yoruba land, saying the race was no longer comfortable with the continuing brutalisation and murderous humiliation of its people, even as it described government’s silence as distressing and emboldening the criminals.
The council made this call at a meeting chaired by the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams, and attended by his chiefs, including Olusegun Dare, Shola Osunkeye, Oluremi Dare, Capt. Micheal Adeshina, Akogun Gani Balogun, Hon. Akeem Ige, among others, declaring that President Buhari must act now as he and the government he led needed to understand that their seeming stillness about this plague was a tacit alignment with the forces of evil.
This was just as the council listed dark spots that government must focus its attention to include Orile-Owu to Ijebu-Ode forest, Ilesha, Ife, Aramoko, Ijero, Esa-Oke, Ikire, Gbogan, Ode-Omu, Ifewara, Ibadan to Ife Road, Ife to Akure Road, Ilesha to Oshogbo, and environs, among others.
“We demand concrete action by the Buhari Administration over the activities of these murderous gangs. We are no longer comfortable with the continuing brutalization and murderous humiliation of our people. Government’s silence is distressing as it is emboldening the criminals. President Buhari must act now.
“They need to understand that their seeming stillness about this plague is a tacit alignment with the forces of evil,” the Aare Onakakanfo in Council said.
The parley, which came out with a 10-point communique tagged: “Our stance on the Fulani herdsmen scourge in Yorubaland,” expressed sadness over the horror the Fulani herdsmen had brought to the land, saying such had in recent times become serious source of concern for the Yoruba race; a race renowned for their staunch passion for peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and development.
“The campaign of blood by Fulani herdsmen, who have been ravaging our land, kidnapping, killing, maiming and raping our people in recent years has become a serious source of concern for the Yoruba race; a race renowned for their staunch passion for peaceful coexistence, national cohesion and development,” it said.
According to the council, the threat posed to the Yoruba existence by these blood-mongering marauders cannot be overlooked, saying as a people, the Yoruba believed that for peace and accord to reign among the multiplicity of people who occupy a common territory, all parties must play a role in ensuring that each and every unit in this country respected each other in all ramifications.
“It is disheartening and most embarrassing that the group, despite several appeals to their consciousness and common sense, has continued to wreak havoc on our land, and forcibly planning to reap where they have not sown.
“They have proven that they have come to steal, destroy, and kill; as evident in the unmitigated attacks on communities where their nomadic enterprise takes them.
“They have been plundering Yorubaland, and we recognize evil when we see it. This is no exception.
“As true spawns of Oduduwa, we are unequivocally forthright about this threat posed by this group which the Federal Government has turned a blind eye to by refusing to call a spade by its name, dubbing the Fulani marauders as criminals, bandits, and pillagers,” the Aare Ona Kakanfo Council of Chiefs said.
It noted every true blood of the Yoruba race was at the risk of being haunted and slaughtered by this reckless group if one keeps sugarcoating the bloody implications of their evil enterprise, recalling that in the past Fulani nomads were never known to carry AK47s about doing their business unlike what was obtaining now.
“We are acquainted with the nature of Fulani nomads in the past, and we know as a matter of fact that they were not carrying AK47s. It is because of this naked truth that we ask that these people be labelled as what they are.
“We are clamoring that the appropriate moniker should be used to tag them. They should be addressed as Fulani Bandits, for we believe that there is power in names,” the council said.
The council, while saying that the Yoruba cannot continue to fold their arms and let these bandits continue to soil their land with the blood of the innocent, called strongly on the obas and local chiefs to show more than passing interest in the activities of people in their domains, saying that they must know that they cannot be blameless for their failure to account for and monitor strangers in their areas of jurisdictions, particularly those whose activities run contrary to peaceful coexistence.
“Consequently, we hereby ask these Fulani marauders to stop their murderous activities and vacate every inch of Yorubaland they currently ravage.
“Failure to reconcile themselves with these terms may warrant maximum retaliation as the principle dictates that a bully only respects a bully,” the council said.
It warned: “On this note, we warn all Yoruba sons and daughters in power that they risk being declared persona non grata if they fail to use their capacities to speak up against the ills, injustice, and pestilence ravaging Yorubaland.
“To those who have set out to make enemies of us, they need to recognize and understand that they bleed and die like all of us. They only seem to be fearless when there is inequality in arms.”