Quit Notice To Fulani Herders In Ibarapa Unacceptable, Will Create Hostility – SPN

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan


Oyo state chapter of the  Socialist Party of Nigeria (SPN) on Monday described the quit notice served on  Fulani herders in Igangan- and other parts of Ibarapa area of Oyo state few days ago by ,Chief Sunday Adeyemo Igboho as unacceptable and reprehensible
The party in a statement  in Ibadan by its state Secretary, Comrade Ayodeji Adigun declared that the said ultimatum is  “divisive and capable of creating unnecessary hostility among the working people of Fulani and Yoruba extraction”
SPN emphasized that  such a quit notice arising from criminal activities linked to some Fulani ” is tantamount to criminalizing an entire ethnic stock” saying,” we consider it unacceptable and reprehensible the quit notice issued to Fulani people resident in Ibarapa area and other part of the state by Chef  Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho because of criminal activities linked to some Fulani.” 
“SPN will only supports any genuine independent democratic mass effort or measure to protect lives and property in the face of the rising cases of insecurity not only in Ibarapa area but across the state as a whole. However, we rejects any false impression that given an ultimatum to every resident of the state of Fulani extraction to vacate the state is a reasonable approach to resolve the problem of insecurity in the state. As a matter of fact, such kind of approach is divisive and capable of creating unnecessary hostility among the working people of Fulani and Yoruba extraction not only in the state but across the country at large.”, it said.
The party added, ” SPN being a party that always stand for the unity of the working people across the ethnic extraction condemns this kind of divisive approach. Ethnicity is one of the tools often use by the  ruling elites to divide the working people who share common oppression and exploitation by the capitalist ruling elite irrespective of ethnic origin in order to weaken their capacity to be united in a struggle to better their living condition.”
“We equally reject any narrative that seeks to profile all residents of Fulani extraction particularly the herdsmen as criminals and only criminals in Oyo state especially in Ibarapa and Oke Ogun Axis of the state. In fact the rising case of insecurity including kidnapping recorded in Ibadan in the last few weeks clearly showed that some of the criminals in the state are also from other ethnic groups, Yoruba inclusive “, adding, “as far as we are concerned in SPN the rising insecurity in the state is an indictment on Engr Seyi Makinde-led government”
SPN pointed out that “It has also shown that propaganda made by the regime over the procurement of vehicles for security agencies, convocation of security summit including establishment of Western Nigerian Security Network popularly called Amotekun operation is just a mere grandstanding as they have individually and collectively failed to uplift the security of lives and property of the working people in the state.” 
“In fact the recent activities and operation of Amotekun operatives have recently turned out to be a threat to democratic rights and human dignity of the ordinary people including extortion, extra-judicial killing, within the short period of its existence.”

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