Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams vows that attempts by northerners to turn the South-West into a war zone will be resisted.
He said this in a press statement on Sunday by his Special Assistant on Media, Mr Kehinde Aderemi, on Sunday, calling ACF and Miyetti Allah jokers.
Recall that youth leader, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday igboho, had visited Igangan on friday after the seven-day ultimatum he gave to Fulani to leave had expired. There also reports of attacks on the Fulani community there after the visit by angry youths.
As a result the Arewa Consultative Forum and Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria called for the arrest of Igboho, threatening “civil war”.
Reacting, Adams said no amount of threat would stop him from securing Yorubaland from “killer herdsmen”.
The statement read in part, “The apex organisation in the North and the herders association should watch their statements or face the wrath of the Yoruba nation.
“From my findings, what is playing out in the last three days (especially on the social media), it is evident that there are some enemies and political elements both within and outside our region who are now using the bravery of Sunday Igboho as a coordinated attempt to soil my name, and also put my efforts in the past 28 years in the struggle to test.
“My silence in the last three days doesn’t portray me as a coward, but by virtue of my position as the Are Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, I am bound by my conscience and conviction to act accordingly when the time is right. And I must also consult widely before taking any action.
“What Igboho said was not even as damaging to the sanctity of the nation than (sic) the call for civil war by the ACF and the Miyetti Allah put together.
“The killer herdsmen are the major problem, but sadly the Federal Government remains silent.
“There are reports that the Fulani herdsmen have, in the past five years, killed over 300 Yoruba people from different communities while several other people have been kidnapped with victims paying several billion as ransom.
“The Fulani, in their conqueror agenda since 1818 had caused a lot of damage to the southwest. And it is clear that the south is their target, that is why anybody going against the Fulani herdsmen automatically becomes their enemy.”