The Seriki Fulani in Igangan area of Oyo State, Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir was attacked by the suspected Yoruba youths Friday night on orders of the State youth leader, Sunday Adeyemo who had earlier issued a seven day ultimatum to all Fulani herders to quit.
Alhaji Saliu speaking from his hideout in the bush to journalists, said he was driven away by the youths before burning his house in the presence of security agents.
He explained that security agents earlier assured him of safety before the youths came in their large numbers burning everything including 11 cars in his compound while security agents watched them helplessly.
He said, “As we speak, we are in the bush. Our cars, numbering about 11, have been burnt. Some of my children sustained injuries and we are looking for a way to get them to hospital.
“My children have left their houses for the bush. We need the government to help us. Police, Operation Burst and other security agencies were there when they set my house ablaze.
Reacting to the development in a telephone conversation, Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association (MACBAN) in the State, Alhaji Ibrahim Jiji, also confirmed the attack, saying, it’s unfortunate.
According to him, the Seriki Fulani who was chased away was a gentleman who has been living there for a long time.
He said, not all Fulani are evil, noting that they are good ones among them while he pleaded with government for intervention before things went out of hands.
￼Oyo State has been bedevilled with attacks of kidnapping, killing and robbery especially in Ibarakpa and Igangan areas which was largely blamed on Fulani herders.
However, Sunday Adeyemo, an agitator for Oodua Republic, better known as Sunday Igboho, on Friday visited some Oyo communities to confirm compliance of Fulani people with the seven-day ultimatum.
The ultimatum has pitched him against the governor of Oyo, Engr Seyi Makinde who insisted that the quit notice was illegal.
Despite Makinde’s position, Igboho affirmed his decision to visit the communities to monitor compliance.
In a video shared online, Igboho was well received during his visit to the Igangan community as scores of people converged for his reception.
The people were seen jubilating; dancing and singing.
Addressing the people, Igboho said, “The Fulani have gone, we have sent them out of our land and they cannot come back again. Kidnappers cannot rule over us, they can’t take over our land from us. It belongs to us; they should stop threatening.
“Those who live with us peacefully; we are not fighting them but how will a visitor claim one’s house from him. If you live with us in peace, we have no problem with you but if you decide to kidnap and kill us, we don’t want you here. I assure Yoruba people, particularly those in Oyo State, that there is no danger.
“This one we have started here in Oyo State will not end here. We are going to other parts of the South-West. Tell Fulani herdsmen in Ekiti State, Ondo State and Osun States; in fact, in all South-West states that they should get ready for us because we are coming.”
Igboho also alleged that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had not brought anything good to the people of the South-West except social vices.
Igboho, therefore, called on the president to take the Fulani out of Yorubaland.
“Buhari should come and evacuate his people from our land, we don’t want them again. They are just punishing the youths; they have turned us to nothing, why? The educated youth don’t have jobs, nothing, the gain now is to kill and kidnap us. We are still on the unemployment issue, we have accepted our fate, should we not be in peace and enjoy security again? It’s enough,” he said.
Earlier in the week, Igboho also alleged that when he visited Seriki Fulani of Oyo State, Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir, at his home to urge him to do something about the killings and kidnappings being carried out by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the state, some Fulani people there threatened him with guns and also shot at him.
He alleged that one Fulani man also brought out an axe to threaten him.
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