Leave Yoruba Land Now Or Face Confrontation, Afenifere Tells Killer Fulani Herdsmen

Pan-Yoruba political group, Afenifere, on Wednesday, ordered killer Fulani herdsmen to move out of the South-West, declaring that refusal to comply with the directive within as reasonable time might lead to confrontation by the Yoruba.

The group, while expressing serious concern about the high number of deaths in the region and the country in general caused by the Fulani herdsmen. which it put at 30,000 between 2015 and 2019, and holding the Federal Government responsible and accountable for such killings of innocent citizens, warned the National Assembly not to amend the Land Use Act with the intent to change the predominance of land allocation in states to the Federal Government which may allow for the implementation of the suspended Ruga project.

A leader of the group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, issued this order at a press conference in Lagos, with other leaders and members in attendance, even as he sounded it very loud and clear that corporate Yoruba had never questioned the continued existence of Nigeria, expressing the hope the no one pushes Yoruba to that.

Those in attendance included Professor Banji Akintoye, Professor Akin Osuntokun, Dr Femi Okunrounmu, Mr Yinka Odumakin, Chief Supo Shonibare, Alhaji Sola Lawal, among others.

“We demand their immediate exit from Yorubaland and if they refuse to leave in a reasonable time, we will not stop our people from confronting them.

“Yorubaland has now become the epicentre of the terror of these Fulani marauders and our people are fed up with the shedding of innocent blood that is quite anathema to our respect for human life which would see us remembering those who died peacefully 50 years down the line,” Adebanjo said.

Adebanjo said the mass killings in the country which had been linked to Fulani herdsmen/militia had been troubling the country, noting that Nigerians were perplexed that instead of the government enforcing the laws against the Fulani marauders-foreign or local, it had been galore of excuses.

This is as he expressed disappointment with the refusal of the government to allow elected governors have state police, while on the other hand permitting the setting up Fulani bandit-vigilantes on Yoruba soil in addition to the Fulani militias terrorising the same land.

“We are miffed that those who will not allow our elected governors have police are now setting up Fulani bandit-vigilantes on our soil in addition to the Fulani militias terrorising our land,” he said.

Speaking on the issue of Ruga project and its suspension, the Afenifere leader said the call for the amendment of the Land Use Act which put all lands under governors by the Senate president has confirmed the alarm raised by Southern and Middle Belt leaders that the project was suspended to amend the Land Use Act so the Federal Government could directly allocate land for the project.

Chief Adebanjo, while recalling the statement made by presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, that the Federal Government had gazetted lands all over Nigeria for Ruga before they realised it had taken its illegality too far, restated the group’s call on the National Assembly lawmakers to resist any tinkering with the Land Use Act in order not to further encourage the killer herders in their dastardly act.

(Nigerian Tribune)