Afenifere to Arewa Forum: ‘We are not afraid of war’

Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere spokesperson

By Olorunfemi Adejuyigbe, IBADAN

Apparently enraged by the threat of war coming from the Arewa Consultative Forum, the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has advised ACF to “call their criminals to order.”

Prompt News reports that ACF has threatened to carry out counter attacks in the north following attacks carried on the Fulani community in Ibarapa area of Oyo state during which houses and cars were burnt and the Sarki Fulani and his people chased away.

But, Afenifere in a statement by its spokesperson, Yinka Odumakin, pointedly said the Yorubas “are not going to run for anybody on our land.”

The statement reads in full:

“The attention of Afenifere has been drawn to the hypocritical tears of Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) over clashes in Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State occasioned by the inimical activities of Fulani herdsmen against indigenous Yoruba people.

“While we have gone to a great length to sue for peace and have appealed to our pained people to be law abiding even with the daily provocations of the Fulani and harassment of our people, we frown at the very arrogant and insulting ACF statement, especially their reference to the event of 1966.

“We must make it clear to them that they cannot threaten us with a war at this stage as we will not provoke war but never are we going to run for anybody on our land.

“We are miffed that a body like ACF that has never shown any remorse over the killing of our people can open their mouths anyhow now because there are consequences for the irresponsible actions of their people.

“We advise them to call their criminals to order and not expect our people to sheepishly wait to be killed by those who value cow lives more than human beings.

“We do not want a repeat of 1966 event but if there are people plotting such event again, the rain will be over their heads.”

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