Fulani pastors write ogun communities, plan new attacks
Communities in Ogun State have been alerted to an impending attack by Fulani shepherds.
According to ThisDay, at least eight congregations on the Yewa axis of Ogun State received letters allegedly threatening further attacks by the umbrella body of Fulani pastors, Miyetti Allah.
As a reminder, just two weeks ago, at least 10 people were reportedly killed, and dozens of crippled and destroyed farmland in Yuvaland, Ogun state, were.
Although the governor of the state, Mr. Dapo Abiodun, convened a peaceful conversation with the offended farmers and the leadership of Mietti Allah, on that day it was reported that Fulani shepherds had sent a new letter to local residents threatening their upcoming attacks on the Ogun community.
The supreme ruler of Yuvaland and Olu Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, expressed his disappointment “at the instigation of Miyetti Allah.”
“I have a letter from Mietti Allah threatening to kill my people,” he told an audience of Abdullah and other governors, including Abdullahi Ganduja from Kano, Sani Bello from Niger, Muhammad Matavalla from Zamfara, Atik Bagudu from Kebbi. and Rotimi Aqueredolu of Ondo State.
Meanwhile, in a separate interview, Olugbenle, the supreme monarch of Yeva, appealed to President Muhammad Bukhari, his security chiefs and Governor Dapo Abiodun to free his people from imminent destruction.
In the letter he signed, the monarch said that the criminal and dangerous actions of these shepherds “still took place in Egua, Oja-Odan, Igan Alada, Gbokoto and Ijuna, Ovod-Ketu, Ebutu Igbooro and Imeko Athos. plans to attack cities (all) of Yuvaland. “
He complained that the federal and Ogun State governments “are pleading here urgently to take urgent action to protect the lives and property of our people before they get out of control.”
The Royal Father, however, warned that the natural rulers in these places would not stare too long with crossed arms. In this situation, it is quite appropriate that people can resort to self-help to protect themselves if the government cannot guarantee their safety. “
In Abeokuta’s speech, the leaders of Mietti Allah denied they were behind the killings and rampant attacks. National President Mietti Allah Alhaji Mohammed Kirov said the association has always been peaceful and that those who infiltrated it were common criminals.
Also during the meeting, Abiodun said: “We should use the opportunity of this interview to tell ourselves the truth without necessarily attributing blame, but certainly we should offer more practical and effective recommendations that will further strengthen the peaceful coexistence that we have always been in state of Ogun.
“Those who incite the crisis are considered non-residents of our state. Unfortunately, the crisis is exacerbated by some undesirable elements inside and outside the state that fuel interethnic sentiment.
“They make their way at night, wreak havoc and retreat after their evil deeds. A criminal of any shape, color or ethnicity is a criminal. We condemn all forms of crime and crime, regardless of the ethnicity of the perpetrators. ”
Just yesterday, Abiodun inaugurated a 20-member Peacekeeping Committee dedicated to conflicts between farmers and herders in the state.
Opening a committee chaired by former House of Representatives Mr. Kayode Oladele in Abeokuta, Abiodun instructed the commissioners to identify the cause of ethnic unrest in Yuvaland, damages and recommend ways to prevent recurrence.
He gave the committee of state security chiefs, traditional rulers, legislators, government officials, pastoralists and Fulani farmers four weeks to submit their report.
The governor also noted that while the committee’s mandate took effect immediately, his government will disseminate palliatives to victims of the fighting to mitigate the impact of their losses.
He added that some of the victims displaced by the crisis will be provided with housing.
“The first task will be to determine what really happened. What happened? What happened to upset the peace that we have cherished for so long in this state and in this particular area? Because it is in determining what happened that we will make sure that it never happens again.
“Now let’s see what it cost us? What have we lost? So this committee has to determine how much it costs us.
“The committee will determine how to ensure that this does not happen again. After the presentation of the report, which should take place within four weeks, I hope that this commission will also be able to complete the task in two weeks.
“The committee will then become a standing committee to ensure that peace and harmony continue to reign in all of us,” Abiodun said.
Referring to his meeting with President Muhammadu Bukhari on Friday at the House of State, Abuja, Abiodun explained that the president was impressed with the approach taken in addressing the state’s crisis.
The governor said Bukhari also recommended a “model” to other states in resolving conflicts between farmers and herders.
“Yesterday (Friday) I had a meeting with Mr. President to brief him on the details of what happened in Ogun State, because he wanted to know exactly what happened.
“I am pleased to say that the President was very impressed with how we handled and dealt with the situation, to the point that he had to recommend our model for adoption in resolving a similar crisis in other parts of the country.
“In that sense, he instructed his chief of staff to hold another meeting with us on Saturday afternoon in Ibadan, and this meeting is meant to share with the rest of us how we should and how to resolve this kind of dispute between shepherds and farmers … … To continue enjoying the peaceful coexistence that has characterized our states since time immemorial. ”
In response to this question, a committee member and MP representing the Imeko / Athos constituency in the House of Assembly of Ogun State, Mr. Jemili Akingbade, praised the Governor for his quick action and reaction.