Alaafin warns Buhari, Yorubas can resort to self-help.
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, in an open letter sent to President Muhammad Buhari warns that Yoruba can resort to self-help if the security in the region does not improve.
The letter “Yoruba Question in Nigeria Conundrum” Oba Lamidi warns that the president is not doing enough to protect Yorubaland’s life and properties.
The Full letter quoted below;
My confidence had always been based on Your Excellency’s ability, fitness, and competence in leading the country to the Promised Land, where Law and Order prevail, individual liberty is guaranteed, the economic well-being of the citizens is assured.
“That my confidence in Your Excellency remains unshaken to date. In recent times.
However, I am worried about the country’s security situation, especially in the southwest geo-political zone, nay the entire Yoruba-speaking area of the country, including Kwara, Kogi, and Edo states.
“This has to do with the continuous and increasing menace of Fulani herdsmen that have laid siege in almost all the highways of Yoruba land.
Whether in Owo, Akure, Ilesa/Ife-Ibadan road, or Ibarapa zone and Ijebu area of Ogun state, the story is the same.
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“I have held series of consultations with opinion molders and eminent Yoruba leaders across the board about the menace of these cattle herdsmen with such assault like raping of our women and on some occasions, in the presence of their husbands.
That is apart from the massive destruction of our agricultural lands, which ultimately points to imminent starvation.
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On top of it, all is the menace of professional kidnappers, usually in military uniforms.
What is more worrisome about the kidnapping notoriety is the impunity in which these kidnappers enjoy their nefarious activities.
Alaafin said after due consultations with Yoruba leaders and as the pre-colonial head of the Yoruba nation.
He said people are worried by these lawless people’s audacity in effecting their illegal acts in broad daylight on our usually bushy highways without any arm of security being able to do anything.
Raping of our women and, on some occasions, in the presence of their husbands.
Worse still is the confidence with which they demand ransoms and collect such illegal levies at designated spots without any arm of security being able to lay siege on them as it was the practice in the recent past.
“Now, we cannot even talk of parading suspects, when in actual sense, no significant arrests have been made in this part of the country.
Without arrests, we cannot talk about the facing of the law.
“Unfortunately, and painfully indeed, in the face of our security agencies’ apparent helplessness, where do we go from here?
“It is in the wake of this evident frustration of our people that our people have found it unavoidable, even though reluctantly to resort to alternative measures to safeguard their lives and property.
“Suffice to say that in most of Yoruba land, their pre-colonial military structures have not been collapsed.
Hence, such structures like Odua People’s Congress, Agbekoya, and other vigilante groups.
“Having stated the above, and having established my premise as a stakeholder in your administration in the firm belief that we all believe in the Nigeria project
Kindly permit me, Mr. President, to make the following points and submissions as the Alaafin of Oyo, the King and Head of all Yoruba at home and in the Diaspora and the Chief Custodian of Yoruba culture and values,” he said.