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SWITZERLAND, JULY 19 – The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has raised the alarm over the recent escalation of insecurity challenges in the South-West and around the country, declaring that the southwest does not want war.
The traditional ruler of Ile-Ife, believed to the origin of all Yoruba people, made this known at a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the statehouse on Thursday.
Speaking on behalf of other traditional leaders in the region, he noted that the challenge in the southwestern part of the country was real as most rural communities have been occupied by strange people.
The Ooni reiterated that the traditional leaders were worried and prepared to work with the government as they called for a reinforcement of federal apparatus to defend themselves from people he describes as bad eggs who may not all necessarily be Fulanis.
He called on all those beating the drums of war as well as politicians escalating issues to desist from acts capable of causing anarchy as the nation cannot withstand a war.
He further disclosed that President Muhammadu Buhari assured him that he will reveal his own side of the story on the issue of Ruga settlement as the issue has been taken out of context.
President Buhari also said that firm and unwavering action is required to put the security threats under control adding that any evasion of rules and regulations in ways that aid corruption and illicit financial outflows must be vigorously fought and defeated.
Today’s Echo observes that the insecurity ravaging the northern part of the country seems to be spreading to other parts of the country, including the South-West. About a month ago, 25 passengers of a commercial bus were kidnapped by unknown gunmen suspected to be Fulani herdsmen close to Akure, Ondo State.
Also, residents of some villages in Oyo and Ogun States near the border have complained that herdsmen from other African countries have set up camps in the forest reserves near their communities.
Moreover, there have also been sightings of heavily armed Fulani-looking folks by locals close to some rural communities in Ekiti State. Last Month, Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi visited the home of a community leader and senior hunter who was believed to have been killed by herdsmen.
The incident that has brought the issue to an alarming state is the heinous murder of the daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti. 58-year-old Olufunke Olakunrin was killed along the Benin-Ore road by gunmen identified by some locals as Fulani herdsmen. The authorities have countered these claims, calling the killers ‘unknown masked gunmen’.