Oyo State Dismisses Call For Ejection Of Fulani Herdsmen 

Yemisi Izuora

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has warned against actions that could incite peace in the state.

According to the Governor, no individual or group has the right to initiate forceful eviction of the Fulanis from Oyo State.

Makinde, issued the warning in a statewide broadcast, on Wednesday, January 20.

This was in reaction to the ultimatum that was reportedly given to the Fulanis in the state by Chief Sunday Adeyemo, a.k.a Sunday Igboho, a popular businessman and activist from the Oke Ogun axis of the state.

He warned that any erring person would be made to face the wrath of the law.

The Governor, also directed the chairmen of all local government council areas as well as local council development areas in the state; to work in harmony with traditional rulers and also the security agencies in their councils; to ensure that peace is maintained.

Makinde also explained that the common enemy of the people is not the Hausa/Fulani who is looking for pasture for his flock; nor the farmer who just wants to grow food to sell in the market to feed his family; but the hoodlums, cultists, armed robbers, kidnappers and bandits who infiltrated the society.

“The past few weeks’ events have made it imperative that I address issues that have to do with the internal security of our dear state.

“Individuals who are not authorised are going around chasing people from their homes and causing mayhem. This assault on residents of Oyo State is not the way to further the Yoruba cause.

“Let me state that we shall not sit back and watch anyone make any law-abiding resident of Oyo State feel unsafe in their homes, farms, or business places. We are aware of some people circulating flyers and giving people ultimatums to leave their land. This is totally unacceptable and will not be condoned.

“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended), which I swore to defend and protect; guarantees freedom of movement in Section 41(1); such that citizens are free to reside in any part of the country without fear. We are determined to preserve that right in Oyo State.

“Therefore, I am calling on individuals or groups planning to take actions that would lead to the forcible removal of anyone from Oyo State to desist from taking such actions. Any persons who fail to abide by this directive will face the full wrath of the law.

“All local government and local council development area chairpersons are directed to work with the traditional rulers; and also the officers of the security agencies to ensure that peace is maintained in all parts of the state. Let me also use this medium to speak to our traditional rulers; they must not be part of plans to disrupt the peaceful coexistence of residents of Oyo State.”

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