Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Ooni of Ife, has vowed that killer Fulani herdsmen must be kicked out of Yorubaland.
The Ooni expressed sadness over the rate of crimes in the region linked to Fulani herdsmen.
“We keep hammering on the Fulani herdsmen trying to take over everywhere; it is the bad ones that we want to kick out and enough is enough; we will kick them out and do justice to the peace and peaceful coexistence in our country,” Ooni said in Osogbo while receiving Alhaji Muhammed Dantoro, the Emir of Borgu.
He further revealed that traditional institutions in Yorubaland now have means through which killer herdsmen would be exposed.
“What has been happening in Yorubaland recently is alien to us. We will work towards bringing sanity to our communities; people should not live in fear but should have that freedom to move from one point to the other the way you all have moved freely for several hours driving from New Busa today all the way to Ife.
“Nigeria is our country and we are aware of all security issues confronting us. We know how everybody is panicking, it is about time for us to separate the wheat from the chaff,” Oba Ogunwusi said in a statement released by his spokesman, Moses Olafare.
Speaking further, the Ooni noted that the National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saad, are against all criminals hiding under the auspices of Fulani herdsmen.
“Everybody is saying they are Fulani herdsmen now, kidnapping everywhere. Enough of that! We must separate the wheat from the chaff, putting behind the past and letting peace reign in our land and in our country and that is what we stand for,” Ooni said.
The Emir of Borgu in his own statement said that visiting the Ooni in Ife is like homecoming because of the age-long tie between his kingdom and Ile-Ife.
He further said that nobody should be allowed to divide the unity being enjoyed with their selfish interests, saying that the growth and development of the nation is paramount.
“We should not allow anybody or group of persons to divide us with their personal interests; all we want is our country’s growth and development so that we all can be proud that we are Nigerians,” the Emir said.
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