By Henry Okonkwo
Leader of Yoruba group, Ilana Omo Oodua, Prof Banji Akintoye, has insisted that the murder of Yorubas in Igangan, Oyo State, was a declaration of war by ‘Fulani terrorists.
Akintoye also accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led federal government of emboldening the terrorist herdsmen.
He said this in a statement on Monday by his spokesperson, Maxwell Adeleye.
He said, “The Fulani herdsmen attack must never be allowed to succeed anywhere in Yoruba land again.
“The Federal Government of Nigeria has failed woefully to protect the Yoruba people and other indigenous peoples of Nigeria’s South and the Middle Belt against these invading, marauding forces.
“When we consider the behaviour of the federal government in the face of this danger to the indigenous peoples and citizens of Nigeria, we can not avoid the conclusion that the Federal Government is a sponsor of the terror in our land.
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“The Federal Government started by saying and doing nothing about the terrorism while apparently instructing the security agencies to do nothing to confront the terrorism.
“The Federal Government persistently gives to the wide world a false picture of the situation by claiming that everything is a product of climate change even as the Fulani insistently issues statements that their mission is to subdue all peoples and forcefully take their land.
“While allowing the Fulani to move freely with and to import various categories of weapons into Nigeria, the federal government prohibited the possession of any kind of firearms by any indigenous citizens of Nigeria.”
Akintoye lamented that authorities sent the police and army to seize privately owned weapons including those citizens, who had earlier been licensed for hunting and sports.
He said, “In the light of all the foregoing, we call on all our governors to stop letting objections by federal officials obstruct the defence of our peoples.
“We call on all Yoruba people to rise as one to defeat this danger. We Yoruba have a proud history that we have never been conquered.
“Let us not succumb to conquest now. Let us thank the countless young people of our land who have been standing up against the invasion of our land.”