Igboho charges Nigerians to speak against killer herders

Published February 4, 2021

Nike Popoola , Grace Edema and Daud Olatunji

Yoruba activist, Mr Sunday Adeyemo , aka Sunday Igboho , has called on Nigerians , especially the Yoruba , to speak up against the atrocities being perpetuated by herdsmen.
Igboho in a zoom meeting early Wednesday with some Yoruba in diaspora advised the Yoruba people to come out and stand against the criminal and destructive activities of herdsmen, adding that they had made the South – West a danger zone for the indigenes .
The theme of the meeting was, ‘Update on security issues in Yoruba Land by Chief Igboho .’
He also described most of the Yoruba elders as cowards who had all gone silent over the herdsmen unjust killing of farmers, kidnapping, stealing of lands in South – West .
He said, “ Some of the people we have as fathers in Yoruba land are cowards . They can ’t speak up , they are slaves to Fulanis . They are afraid . When they go to Abuja and are given money they ’ll change everything . We don’ t need to be afraid of them , Nigeria is already divided .
“ We don’ t need to respect these elders who are not speaking for the Yoruba race. The Yoruba are slaves to Fulani . It is better we all come out and tackle this issue , let all Nigerians come out and fight these injustices and criminal acts . I didn’t collect money from anyone. This is not a social media fight .
“ We must come together ; we don’ t have anywhere we are going . I appeal to those of you in diaspora to support us in this course. It is bad that you people in diaspora cannot come to Yorubaland and move freely without fear of being kidnapped and raped . We don ’t have same culture and way of life with the Fulani . They should leave us and stop destroying our land . Everyone should speak up; wherever you are, speak up , there is nothing to fear, you people in diaspora too should speak up . ”
Ogun , FG failed us , says monarch
Meanwhile, the Eselu of Eseluland , Oba Akintunde Akinyemi , said both the Ogun State and the federal governments failed him and his people on security of lives and property .
Oba Akinyemi said their failure led to the option of inviting Igboho to rescue his community in the Yewa-North Local Government Area of the state from killer herdsmen.
Igboho was in the state on Monday , promising to flush out killer herdsmen from the state and the entire Yorubaland .
The Ogun monarch spoke with our correspondent after he received the activist at his palace in Eseluland .
Our correspondent gathered that Igboho also visited some other troubled areas, including Eggua and Asa following their plights in the hands of herdsmen.
Oba Akinyemi said the visit of Igboho to the communities was a sign that the government had failed.
The monarch said he received the rights activist in his palace before he proceeded to other areas.
He said he blessed Igboho and sought his help to rescue his people from the shackles of killer -herdsmen .
He said, “ What is happening now is a sign of failed government at both the state and federal levels . That people have to pick up guns to defend their territory .
“ If our rights have been protected , Sunday Igboho will not pick up arms to start chasing the Fulani who are killing our people and raping our women , it is the responsibility of the police . ”
When asked whether the government had taken any step about their petition to the state government on the harassment of farmers by soldiers protecting the herdsmen, Oba Akinyemi said, “ Nothing has been done .”
However, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Public Communications , Remmy Hazzan described the statement by the monarch as unfair
He said, “ Ogun state government has not failed and I don’ t want to believe that the Federal Government has failed too .
“ That doesn ’ t mean that, there are not grey areas needing some bit of immediate address and that is why we always clamour for restructuring . But to say that the government has failed; it is an unfair statement with the kind of enormous work being done to address security situation and ensure that peace reigns within the geographical area call Ogun State. ”

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