Aare Ona Kakanfo Of Yorubaland, Gani Adams Says Yorubas Will Not Tolerate Killings By Fulani Herdsmen
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The Battle Generalissimo (Aare Ona Kakanfo) of Yorubaland, Chief Gani Adams has weighed in on the security situation in the country and the alleged activities and killings by the Fulani Herdsmen in the southwest.
Chief Adams whilst condemning the killings by the ‘blood-thirsty maniacs masquerading as herdsmen’ also faulted the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government for not coming out with a clear, vocal stance on the issue.
The newly installed Aare Ona Kakanfo made his views known through a statement released by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi.
Whilst condemning the killing of the Officer-in-Charge of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Saki Unit, of Oyo State Police Command, by suspected herdsmen and the recent spate of attacks on the farms of prominent Yoruba elders like Chief Olu Falae, Gani Adams sounded a stern note of warning that the Yorubas were known for protecting themselves and they would do so if the need arises.
His statement read in parts: “The first fundamental right of a Nigerian is the right to life. It is when you are alive that you can enjoy other rights. Once this right is taken away from you through killings and murder, you cannot enjoy any other right. Nigerians demand Right to Life. More than a thousand Nigerians have been killed in the last one year. Is Nigeria at war? There is more to all these killings.
“The diplomacy of the Yoruba on national issues, especially when it borders on security, should not be misconstrued for cowardice. It is part of our nature to accommodate people from other ethnic nationalities but now, our people cannot go to their farms again because of the fear of the unknown. The Federal Government must immediately check activities of these killers to avoid plunging the country into an avoidable war.
“There is no war in Nigeria, there is no famine, no earthquake, but the number of IDPs in the country is more than what obtains in a country where war is going on. Murder of Nigerians, including pregnant women and children continues every day. What is really going on?
“Perception is everything. The Federal Government is not helping its own image with the belief by Nigerians that the presidency is always silent when the issue concerns Fulani herdsmen.
“Let me remind the government that killing and murder remain serious crimes in our law books. No level of politics can change this. Nigerians are being killed and the government seems helpless. Utterances from government officials such as the Defence Minister, Brig–Gen. Mansur Dan–Ali (Rtd.), and the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris, are not helping matters. One wonders if we are in the same country.
“Historically, the Yoruba are known to have the capacity to defend themselves. These killers are testing waters by burning the farm of Chief Olu Falae and invading the farms of prominent people in the South-West. We will no longer accept activities of this murderous gang in Yorubaland. Enough is enough”.