Herdsmen eviction: Yorubas are begging for another Civil War - Arewa Youths
Alhaji Ibrahim Jiji, The Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in Oyo State, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take action following attack on Seriki Fulani of Oyo State, Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir, by angry youths who also set his home ablaze on Friday night.

According to a report by SaharaReporters, Abdulkadir was assured of protection by the Oyo State police, but was left shocked as his home was razed down in the very presence of the security men.

Abdulkadir said he, his wives and children were sent out of the settlement, adding that 11 vehicles and houses were burnt in the process.

 He said, “As we speak, we are in the bush. Our cars, numbering about 11, have been burnt. Some of my children sustained injuries and we are looking for a way to get them to hospital. My children have left their houses for the bush. We need the government to help us. Police, Operation Burst and other security agencies were there when they set my house ablaze.”

In reaction to the incident, Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Jiji, said the President must act on the matter before things escalate out of control. 

He said, “As we usually say, not all Fulani people are evil. Good people are among us. What can we call this now? The man is a gentleman and see how he was chased out of his house. We need the government to act now.”

 In its own reaction according to SR, the Arewa Consultative Forum has decried the violence against Fulani communities and herders in Oyo State saying such actions are simply calling for another Civil War in the country.

The group’s National Publicity Secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, warned that the existence of the country is currently at stake if such attacks are allowed to continue.

He said, “It is a dangerous trend if something like that could happen. You pick up one ethnic group and start killing their local leaders and burning their property, it is entirely wrong.

 “If there are reprisal killings, and there are many Yoruba in the North, as you know, then this country will no longer exist as it happened in 1966 when a fake report went out that northerners were being killed in the East. That was why the reprisals killings of the Igbo in the North took the dimension it took.

“After some time, it was discovered that no single northerner was killed in the east. But then the damage had been done. We fought a civil war and over two million persons were killed. So this is a very dangerous dimension. I don’t know what could have caused it. I have not seen the report.”