Letter to Buhari: Yoruba Group Denounces Miyetti Allah’s Call for Obasanjo’s Arrest

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SWITZERLAND, JULY 16 – A Yoruba group has denounced and challenged the calls by Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association for the arrest of former president Olusegun Obasanjo over the recent open letter he wrote to president Muhammadu Buhari.

The group also berated the Miyetti Allah group for their boldness in making public comments despite attacks done by its members across the country.

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The ex-president in his letter had said, “The main issue, if I may dare say, is poor management or mismanagement of diversity which, on the other hand, is one of our greatest and most important assets. As a result, the very onerous cloud is gathering. And the rain of destruction, violence, disaster, and disunity can only be the outcome.”

Reacting, the Miyetti Allah had called for the arrest of Obasanjo regarding his position taken on the national issue in the letter.

National Secretary of the Miyetti Allah, Alhassan Saleh, said in an interview that the Fulani should not be blamed for the rate of insecurity in the country.

According to Saleh, Obasanjo should offer any information his status may have afforded him to solve the security crisis.

He said, “The fact that there is insecurity, I don’t think the Fulani are responsible for it. The narrative that we are responsible for the insecurity is even the problem we have with the Nigerian state.

“When any crime happens, even before there is an investigation, people rush to the press and start accusing Fulani herdsmen. Herdsmen are supposed to be carrying herds of cows but if somebody is a criminal or an armed robber, he should be treated as such.

“But if Obasanjo, in particular, having ruled this country for so many years and with his network of security contacts, both locally and internationally, has information, I think he can volunteer it.”

Below is the full statement by the Yoruba group:

The Igbimo Odo Yoruba has dared the federal government to arrest ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo over the letter he wrote to President Muhammadu Buhari following the killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunrin by suspected herdsmen.

The ex-president in his letter said, “The main issue, if I may dare say, is poor management or mismanagement of diversity which, on the other hand, is one of our greatest and most important assets. As a result, the very onerous cloud is gathering. And the rain of destruction, violence, disaster, and disunity can only be the outcome.”

Reacting, the Miyetti Allah called for the arrest of Obasanjo regarding his position taken on the national issue in the letter.

In a counter-reaction, the Igbimo Odo Yoruba through its Secretary General, Olufemi Lawson, stated that the federal government would be calling for a clash if Obasanjo is arrested.

The group also berated the Miyetti Allah group for their boldness in making public comments despite attacks done by its members across the country.

It further urged Obasanjo to remain consistent and feel free to call the incumbent administration to order when need be.

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