By Godson Ikiebey-
The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, on Sunday, July 21, 2019 warned that the Yoruba people could resort to self-help against the “increasing and incessant menace of herders” in the face of “apparent helplessness” of Nigeria’s security agencies.
According to Daily Trust, Oba Adeyemi issued the warning in a letter – titled “Yoruba Question in Nigeria Conundrum”.
The letter directed to President Muhammadu Buhari expressed worry about the country’s insecurity. He said:
“I am worried about the security situation in the country, especially in the South-west geo-political zone, nay the entire Yoruba-speaking area of the country including Kwara, Kogi and Edo states.
“This has to do with the incessant and increasing menace of Fulani herdsmen that have laid siege in almost all the highways of Yoruba land”.
“Worse still is the confidence with which they demand ransoms and collect such illegal levies at designated spots without any arm of security being able to lay siege on them as it was the practice in the recent past.
“Now, we cannot even talk of parading suspects, when in actual sense, no major arrests have been made in this part of the country. Without arrests, we cannot talk of their facing of the law.
“Unfortunately, and painfully indeed, in the face of the apparent helplessness of our security agencies, where do we go from here? “It is at the wake of this manifest frustration of our people that our people have found it unavoidable, even though reluctantly to resort to alternative measures to safeguard their lives and property”.
The Alaafin’s intervention has come amid heightened tension following the killing of Funke Olakunrin, daughter of Yoruba leader Reuben Fasoranti. Fasoranti’s group, Afenifere, blamed Fulani herdsmen, but the police are yet to identify any suspect.