Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo, has stated that anarchy looms in Nigeria over the alleged siege laid on Yorubaland by Fulani herdsmen.
According to the monarch, if the killings and kidnapping do not stop and if the culprits are not made to face the law, it could lead to chaos that might consume the nation.
The Alaafin of Oyo stated this in a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari titled ‘Yoruba Question in Nigeria Conundrum’.
He noted that the Yoruba had what it took to defend itself if the government cannot protect them.
Read the letter in parts below (as sent to Naija Buzz News);
“I have never been timid or failed in my total support for the success of your administration. My confidence had always been based on Your Excellency’s ability, fitness and competence in leading the country to the Promised Land, where law and order will prevail, individual liberty is guaranteed and economic wellbeing of the citizens is assured.
“In recent time, however, I am worried about the security situation in the country, especially in the South-West geo-political zone, nay the entire Yoruba-speaking area of the country, including Kwara, Kogi and Edo states.
“This has to do with the menace of Fulani herdsmen that have laid siege to almost all the highways of Yorubaland. Whether in Owo, Akure, Ilesa/Ife-Ibadan road or Ibarapa zone and the Ijebu area of Ogun State, the story is the same.
“I have held a series of consultations with opinion moulders and eminent Yoruba leaders about the menace of these cattle herdsmen with assault such as raping of our women and on some occasions, in the presence of their husbands. That is apart from massive destruction of our agricultural land, which ultimately points to imminent starvation.
“On top of it all is the menace of professional kidnappers usually in military uniforms. What is more worrisome about the kidnapping notoriety is the impunity with which these kidnappers go about their nefarious activities.”
“We cannot even talk of parading suspects because no major arrests have been made in this part of the country. Without arrests, we cannot talk of their facing the law. In the face of the apparent helplessness of our security agencies, where do we go from here?”
“Certain individuals were kidnapped along Erio-Aromoko Road, Ekiti State. They were tortured and exposed to danger in the forest for over two weeks. These victims included the Secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association, Ikole branch, Adeola Adebayo, whose decomposing body was eventually found after a ransom price of N4m had been paid.”
“I am therefore writing to you, as a concerned stakeholder in your administration to alert you to the need to quickly respond to these and other issues concerning Yorubaland. There is a general impression among opposition group that you are not known to take decisive and proactive steps in many matters of national interest and that you are not usually too disturbed about the gale of insecurity in Yorubaland.
“May I also share with you the outcome or product of my wide consultations in Yorubaland to let you know, beyond what official security reports will make available to you, that there is a growing feeling of frustration, disappointment and despondency among our people, which if not immediately addressed, could lead to other serious national catastrophes and security challenges,” the Alaafin said.
Lately, there’ve been growing concerns over the insecurity situation in the southern parts of the nation. Leaders in the south have repeatedly pointed at Fulani herdsmen over the killings, and banditry in the region.
Naija Buzz News recently reported about the killing of Mrs. Funke, the daughter of the leader of Afenifere, the apex Yoruba socio-political group, Pa Rueben Fasoranti. Here’s everything you need to know about her death.
Mrs. Funke’s death has raised the call for proper security in the south to apprehend these alleged Fulani herdsmen. The leaders in the south had warned that the situation could lead to war if nothing was done about it.
Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo had in an open letter to President Buhari (which was published on NaijaBuzz.News) warned about a Rwanda-like genocide in Nigeria if the situation is not fixed immediately.
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.