*says it may fuel further crisis .
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams on Sunday warned the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) against any attempts to cause mayhem in the Southwest.
The Aare Ona Kakanfo who handed down the warning in a statement made available to journalists by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi advised ACF and Miyetti Allah to stop threatening the Southwest region with their inciting statements.
Iba Gani Adams stressed that the threats by the ACF and Miyetti Allah are capable of fueling further crisis in Ibarapa,Oyo and Ondo states and will certainly affect the entire nation as the situation could degenerate into further chaos.
He maintained that what Sunday Igboho “said was not even as damaging to the sanctity of the nation than the call for civil war by the ACF and the Miyetti Allah put together”, and that “the killer herdsmen are the major problem, but sadly the Federal Government remains silent”
“The apex organization in the North and the herders Association should watch their statements or face the wrath of the Yoruba nation. By their inciting statements, the North are beating war drums. But we will resist any attempt by the North to turn our region to war zones and no amount of threat will stop us from securing our region from killer herdsmen”, he said
Aare Adams added, “my silence in the last three days doesn’t portray me as a coward, but by virtue of my position as the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, I am bounded by my conscience and conviction to act accordingly when the time is right. And I must also consult widely before taking any action”
“From my findings, with what is playing out in the last three days,(especially in the social media) it is evident that there are some enemies and political elements both within and outside our region now using the bravery of Sunday Igboho as a coordinated attempt to soil my name, and also put my efforts in the past 28 years in the struggle to test”.
The Aare Ona Kakanfo stated that the situation in the two states (Oyo and Ondo) “truly justified the huge security challenges perpetrated by herders, that had on several occasions kidnapped and killed many Yoruba in their various communities, adding that Yoruba are too well aware of the looming crisis in the country.”
“There are reports that the Fulani herdsmen have, in the past five years, killed over 300 Yoruba people from different communities while several other people have been kidnapped with abductors paying several billions as ransom”
Vowing that he would not be stampeded into falling into a pre-arranged trap by the political elites, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland urged traditional rulers, the political establishment, the investors and other sectors to be conscious and be well coordinated as it is now obvious that the Southwest has been infiltrated.