Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adams, has vowed to resist any move aimed at killing people at will in his territory.
Reacting to the killing on Tuesday night of the Officer-in-Charge of the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), Saki Unit, Oyo State Police Command, by suspected Fulani, the traditional ruler urged President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently address the crises.
Adams wants the president to mandate security agents to arrest killers herders in the country and bring them to justice, to avoid a total breakdown of law and order.“The first fundamental right of a Nigerian is the right to life. It is when you are alive that you can enjoy other rights.
Once this right is taken away from you through killings and murder, you cannot enjoy any other right. Nigerians demand right to life. More than a thousand Nigerians have been killed in the last one year. Is Nigeria at war? There is more to all these killings,” Special Assistant on Media to Adams, Kehinde Aderemi, said in Lagos.
“The diplomacy of the Yoruba on national issues, especially when it borders on security, should not be misconstrued as cowardice. It is part of our nature to accommodate people from other ethnic nationalities but now, our people cannot go to their farms again because of the fear of the unknown.
The Federal Government must immediately check activities of these killers to avoid plunging the country into an avoidable war.
“There is no war in Nigeria, there is no famine, no earthquake, but the number of IDPs in the country is more than what obtains in a country where war is going on. Murder of Nigerians, including pregnant women and children, continues every day. What is really going on?
“Perception is everything. The Federal Government is not helping its own image with the belief by Nigerians that the presidency is always silent when the issue concerns Fulani herdsmen.”