Insecurity: Yoruba Elders Raise Alarm Over Challenges In SW 

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*Lament high rate of inflation, insecurity, seek Tinubu’s intervention 

By; BAYO AKAMO Ibadan

The Council of Yoruba Elders (CYE)  on Wednesday, raised alarm over the recent reoccurrence of security challenges in the South West  region of the country.

Raising the alarm in Ibadan at a press parley addressed by its Secretary General, Dr. Victor Taiwo, the group called on President Bola Tinubu to urgently intervene in the situation.

According to Dr Taiwo, there are reports of recent reoccurring insecurity challenges in the South west region of the country resulting in high cost of food items and other essential commodities in the market which has made life more unbearable for Nigerians.

“A lot of reports reaching our office on daily basis regarding the effect of the renewed Fulani herdsmen attacks on our farmers, the ravaging of our farmers’ plantation fields, the abductions of our people for ransom by bandits and the indiscriminate killings of our people most especially in Ondo and Oyo states respectively have become a sort of nightmare to us”, he said 

The CYE scribe added, “It was a kind of relief for us when we witnessed reduction in the menace immediately after the government changed hands in May, 2023, but quite unfortunately what we are witnessing now is resurgence in a high profile”. 

” It is also an understatement to say armed robbers are literally on the rampage in the land.You can imagine that widely published sad occurrence of gruesome murder of a 62-year-old grandmother, Iyanuoluwa Adamolekun, of Similoluwa area, Agbaluku Arigidi Akoko in Ondo State.”

The Secretary General stressed, ” We also have in our record the kidnap incidents in Saki, Okaka and Ipapo, Oke-ogun, Axis of Oyo State here. So, within a month, Fulani herders’ attacks on farmers in Afon, Ipokia, Ogun State, Iwere-Ile, Komu and Otu in Oyo State.”

“We also heard about the killing of Rev. David Musa of the ECWA in Obajana, Kogi State on October 14, 2023, and also the abduction of about 15 church members in Ondo State in September, all these challenges should be critically look into by Mr President before it escalate into something else.” 

Commenting on the level of inflation in the country, he blamed it to the insecurity issues across the country as well as the fuel subsidy removal to the high cost of food items in the country.

” The recent attacks on our farmers in the South west and the fuel subsidy removal have resulted into high cost of food items in our markets, the Fulani herders through their series of attacks are preventing our farmers from 

freely accessing their farms and this has naturally led to a deficit in food items and it has resulted to high costs of food items.

“The high cost of transportation due to the removal of fuel subsidy has also contributed a lot to the high cost of essential commodities in our markets and Nigerians are finding it so difficult to maintain their three square meals on daily basis.”

He stressed, ” We reviewed the state of the economy and it is very lamentable that the suffering the masses are passing through is fast becoming unbearable so much that the rate of deaths by suicide due to hunger and hopelessness is quite unprecedented in the history of this country.”

“The rate at which inflation on foods and general goods and services is sky rocketing is very much disturbing to the nerves so much that deaths by hunger are no more news to the ear. The rate of unemployment in the country has literally become paradoxically a norm and terribly alarming. So, out of sheer hopelessness for our youths at securing employments, they find solace or alternative means of survival in yahoo businesses, kidnapping of their fellow citizens for ransom and several other criminal activities.”

Dr Taiwo maintained, ” For all that is obvious, since the so-called fuel subsidy was removed by the government, the loop effect has been too much telling on the general economic life of the people. And yet all efforts by the government to ease the hardship have not effected any positive change in the lives of the people but rather excruciating agony.”

“Now, as the new voice for the Yoruba people of Yorubaland, we cannot feign ignorance of the cries our people are inundating us with on daily basis. What is, therefore, the way out for our people in Yorubaland suffering in the midst of plenty? So, we are using this opportunity to call on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to find a lasting solution to all these issues at hand for our people to truly have rest of mind.”

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