Obasanjo Meets Fulani Leaders over Insecurity in Yorubaland
The former President of Nigeria, Chief Aremu Obasanjo had a closed door meeting with the leader of Gan-Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GAFDAN) over the kidnapping in the southwest.
The meeting took place at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Oke Mosan.
Talking to the media after the meeting, Obasanjo said Criminal herdsman must be exposed and brought to book.
He said Fulani that knows criminals among them must report to the appropriate authority.
Ebira, Egun, Igala, we didn’t even call them Hausa or Fulani, we called them Mallams because that is what we knew them as he added.
We want to have peace, we want to have security, we want to have harmony, we want to have wholesomeness, we want to have progress, how can we have these?
We want to move Nigeria forward, irrespective of tribe, religion, ethnicity, trade, profession, where I come from, where you come from.
How can we together move Nigeria forward?
And there is nobody else who will do all these for us, it is you, we, all of us here and all our brothers and sisters wherever they maybe in Nigeria.
It is not one man’s job or one person’s job or one group’s job, it a job for all of us, all Nigerians and unless and until we see it that way, we should stop passing blame, everybody is wrong and everybody is right.
Let us take what is right in one group and join it with what is right in other groups and throw away what is wrong in all the groups then we will move forward.
Our brothers and sisters in West Africa are worried about our situation.
They are wondering if Nigeria cannot manage her security, if Nigeria’s security is endangered, how can they look up to Nigeria who they normally see as a big brother?
“I was born in a village and grew up among all tribes that were in that area:
Ebira, Egun, Igala, we didn’t even call them Hausa or Fulani, we called them Mallams because that is what we knew them as.
We knew them as Mallams and we grew up friendly. Peace was reigning but what has now changed?”. Obasanjo, however, hinted that another meeting would hold in the next three months to report progress on the resolution.