The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to apprehend the bad eggs among the Fulani.
Oba Ogunwusi made the call when he visited the president on Thursday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He called for more security in the South-West zone over the spate of attacks by alleged Fulani herdsmen.
Ooni further told Buhari that the recent attacks on Yoruba land and in the entire southern region have made leaders in the region make utterances that could lead to war, saying that the Yoruba’s are not ready for war.
“What is important is for the youth not to take the law into their own hands, killing and causing violence. The drum of war is resonating loud and we are very worried,” the Ooni said.
“We need more federal apparatus to defend ourselves. We need security reinforcement from the Federal Government. We understand more than anybody. We don’t want war and we want to work with government to bring peace,” he added
Naija Buzz News had reported how the increasing alleged attacks by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the southern part of Nigeria were causing disunity in the country.
Recently, Chief Nnia Nwodo, the President General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo, in his response to the 30 day ultimatum issued by a group in the north over the rejection of the Federal Government proposed Ruga Settlement, called on all Igbo in the northern parts of the nation to get ready to defend themselves.
We also reported how the northern coalition with the support of the Northern Elders Forum led by Prof. Ango Abdullahi called on all Fulani’s in the southern parts of the country to return back to the north where their safety is guaranteed.
The call for Fulani return came after the leaders in the South-East zone enacted a law banning Fulani herdsmen from movement on foot on Igbo land. The law only allows herders to transport their cattle in a truck to a specific market where they are to be sold.
The issue became more intense following the murder of Mrs. Funke Olakunri, the daughter of the leader of Afenifere socio-political group, Pa Reuben Fasoranti. The apex Yoruba group had accused Fulani herdsmen for her death.
Speaking further the Ooni who noted that not all Fulani’s are bad asked Buhari to work with local communities to fish out the bad eggs among the herders, saying that the Yoruba nation just want the security of lives and properties.
“We are not saying all Fulani are bad; it is about the bad guys working under the name of the Fulani,” he noted
He revealed that he was at Aso Rock on behalf of all the Yoruba monarchs over the insecurity in the zone.
Read what the Ooni told journalists after his meeting with Buhari
Oba Ogunwusi said that his visit was on security improvement in the South-West; “I came to speak on behalf of other traditional rulers. The issue at hand in the South-West is real. The issue of insecurity; we that live in the remote and rural areas of the south-western part of the country, most of the bushes are occupied by strange people and we decided to work with the government to fish them out.
“Everybody is beating the drum of war; we don’t want war. Who can stand war? We want something better for our youths.
“We should better use them for something good other than shouting war and anarchy. We don’t want that.
“We told the President that and he is on the same page with us. Politicians should be careful not to blow things out of proportion.
“We should make sure things are right and the President has given good directives to security chiefs including the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Adamu, to visit all traditional institutions in the South-West.”
Asked whether he feels the Fulani were being stigmatised, he said; “Well, it is not about stigmatisation; it is about separating the wheat from the chaff.
“A lot of them are mixed up with the good ones. We are not saying all the Fulani are bad. It is not only about the Fulani, it is not only about them; it is about the bad miscreants that are even hiding under the name of the Fulani.
“We want to try as much as possible to work with the government right now. They have all the security apparatus and they are meant to defend us; that is what we are looking up to now. We have to stand up and meet with Mr President and he has given us a listening ear and you will see a lot of result going forward.”
Jonathan Dennis is an Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He oversees the production and publication of stories on NaijaBuzz.News and on Naija Buzz News TV. The former banker left his banking job to join Naija Buzz News in 2019. He was briefly the head of the “Wetin Dey Happen” news team. Jonathan is a proud ‘Akwa-Ibomite’ from Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria.