Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has said it was not surprised by the position of the Presidency cautioning the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, against carrying out his order that unregistered Fulani herdsmen should leave the state’s forest within seven days.
Afenifere’s position was contained in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin, on Wednesday.
The Presidency had in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Mallam Garba Shehu, said the Ondo State Government should engage the Fulani herders in dialogue.
But Odumakin said in the statement by Afenifere: “The intervention by what we mistakenly call the Federal Government of Nigeria on behalf of marauding Fulanis in Ondo state against the lawful government in that state did not cone to Afenifere as a surprise as it is in line with non – pretence by this regime that it represents only Fulani interests against those of Yoruba, Igbo, Junkun, Ijaw and other tribes in Nigeria.
“That the Federal Government and its minion, Garba Shehu, could only hear Ondo state when Governor Akeredolu was very loud and clear about herders to vacate forest reserves in the state is symptomatic that this Government has a serous problem with heating the rest of us when the issue involves its anointed Fulanis.
“The Fulani criminals have caused untold hardships in Ondo state and other Yoruba towns and cities in recent time and only an irresponsible government that wants to behave like our Federal Government that carew will continue to fold its arms.
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“We agree with the Ondo State Government that the insensibility of Garba Shehu violates the corporate existence of Nigeria.
“What has this government done to assure our people that it can protect our lives
with the open murders of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, The Olufon of Ifon and the Deputy Registrar of FUTA among many others?
“The lives of our people and other non-Fulani communities are daily being taken by local and foreign Fulani bandits without any sign that these lives matter to the government with its desire to shield the Fulani from the laws.
“Nobody would ever have believed that it would get to this irresponsible stage that the Federal Government will one come to this barbaric level Garba Shehu has taken it and the peak of their direct salvos against Amotekun since it started.
“All true-born Yoruba should stand behind Governor Akeredolu in these trying times.
“He must do all within the law to flush Ondo forests of all criminals. Other GOVERNORS should emulate their chair and free our land from the Fulanis who have surrounded us with the shield of the FG.
“Let them declare open war on behalf of the Fulani and our ancestors will all wake up in their graves.”