…Demands Urgent Restructuring
Pan Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere has warned Fulani Vigilante in the South West to leave the region immediately or risk being attacked.
Addressing a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, Chief Ayo Adebanjo who read a statement on behalf of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti said the Fulani vigilante will be confronted if they failed to comply with the directive.
Lamenting the recent killingf of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Pa Fasoranti by suspected herdsmen in Ondo State, Afenifere said security agents have been arresting innocent Yoruba people around the community where the murder took place while the suspected killers are still roaming about freely.
He said, “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 terrorizing our land .
“We demand their immediate exit from Yoruba land and if they refused to leave in reasonable time, we will not stop our people from confronting them”.
“Yoruba land 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.
“As a group, we acknowledge the clear tone of condemnations of this dastardly act by the Ooni of Ife, Alaafin of Oyo,Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Aare Ona Kakanfo and all leading Yoruba organizations.
“We equally appreciate our friends in PANDEF, Ohanaeze and Midble Belt Forum for standing by us in demonstration of our resolve of “an attack against one is an attack against all”. “
“We do not take for granted the South West Senators who came to express condolence with our Leader and the physical presence of the Governors of Ondo, Oyo, Ogun, Ekiti and Lagos at the funeral service. We express profound appreciation to all Nigerians who have denounced this gruesome murder”.
“We cannot continue to live under these conditions. The blood of our people will no longer be used to water the tree of a dysfunctional unitary order”
Expressing concern over the inability of governors to control the Police, Afenifere also demanded urgent restructuring of the country saying failure to do so may force it to endorse self-determination as being demanded by some Yoruba groups.
“The activities of Fulani herdsmen/bandits/kidnappers and other miscreants would have been effectively dealt with if the Governors as Chief Security officers of their states had control of the security agencies. The unhelpful unitary structure in our country keeps taking its toll on our people.
“The current proposed security budget for 2019 is N1.76 trillion .A devolved entity would have enabled a better utilization of part of that expenditure; particularly in the over N300bn for policing which is further subsidized by State governments additional allocations and over N600bn intended for internal affairs.
“The Federal Government has been careless and insensitive in the handling the menace of Fulani /herdsmen militias in the country. First, it was outright denial it was engaged in by saying those carrying AK 47 about and killing people were foreign Fulani.
“The President specifically said they were Gaddafi men let loose from Libya and yet they were not arresting them. Next they moved to accusing people of spreading hate speech against the local Fulani. It got to a ridiculous stage that when Miyetti Allah is accused of any crime it is either the Ministry of Information or Presidential spokespersons becoming the mouthpiece of the group.
“We demand immediate timeline for a return to a federalist Nigeria so that we can have autonomy to run our internal affairs and failure to do so will constrain our capacity to continue to restrain our people from embracing self-determination.
“We task the Government to find the real killers of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin and not the innocent people that the communities around where she was killed have alleged are being randomly arrested and put an end to the genocide in our zone and across the country.
“It is now clear we Yoruba’s have had enough-as the Ooni of Ife, Alaafin of Oyo and Prof. Wole Soyinka and other Yoruba patriots have warned.
“We sound it very loud and clearly that corporate Yoruba have never questioned the continued existence of Nigeria and we hope no one pushes us to that” the statement warned.