The Yoruba Youth Forum warned the governors of the South-West and the traditional rulers of the geopolitical zone against ceding Yoruba land to Fulani herdsmen.
The YYF also rejected the suspension of Ruga Settlements policy for herdsmen, saying that instead of suspending it, “the federal government should completely forget about it.”
The group also told the governors to oppose the takeover of any part of Yoruba land by Fulani settlers.
The YYF said accommodating the Ruga settlement system of the Federal Government would not augur well for the South-West in a statement released by the group after its emergency meeting on Tuesday and signed by its president, Abiodun Bolarinwa.
“We would like to take this opportunity to warn any South-West governor or monarch against ceding any portion of Yoruba land to herdsmen for Ruga settlement . The consequence of daring us is going to be dire,” he said.
Bolarinwa added that any governor in the Southwest who gives any land to Fulani herdsmen for settlement would be rejected and dealt with seriously by all the Yoruba people.
He also advised the South-West governors to come out in clear terms and speak with one voice on their opposition to any pro-Fulani policy in the geopolitical zone.The YYF leader then urged traditional rulers in the South-West “to be alive to their responsibility and make sure that they protect their domain from Fulani herdsmen attack.”
Speaking of the killing of Mrs Funke Olakunrin, the Afenifere leader’s daughter, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, by suspected herdsmen of Fulani, the group leader said the deceased’s “murder along the Benin-Ore Expressway shows that we are not save again in the South-West geopolitical zone”
Bolarinwa said, “We sympathize with our leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, over his daughter’s death, Mrs Funke Olakunrin. Her death is indeed shocking and sad. It also reinforced our stance that Nigeria is in a precarious security situation.
“The Federal Government should act quickly. We pray that God will give the family the fortitude to bear the great loss.”YYF also urged the security agencies to fish out the killers of Olakunri as a matter of urgency, saying that the perpetrators must face the full wrath of the law.
Meanwhile, on Tuesday, the Nigerian Army promised to help the Osun State Government in remaining one of the country’s safest state. Maj. Gen. Fidelis Azinta, General Officer Commanding 2 Division of the Nigerian Army, gave this guarantee during a meeting with Governor Adegboyega Oyetola at his Osogbo office.
Last month, the governor had visited the army chief, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, to seek assistance in the fight against the rising wave of insecurity in the state. He asked the chief of the army to allow soldiers to participate in a combined security patrol team raised to fight insecurity in the state.
He said, “We are here for two reasons. First is to congratulate Mr Governor at the Supreme Court for his election and victory. We are also here to meet him in line with the Chief of Army Staff’s directive that we should work with other state security agencies to guarantee that the state is much more peaceful than it is.
“We discussed how to make sure that the state’s security is enhanced so that people can sleep, wake up and run their business peacefully without being troubled.
“Osun State is one of Nigeria’s safest state. What occurred in the recent past is just the migration of criminals ; when you tackle them here, they run to areas that they consider soft for them because the state is very peaceful and there was not so much military operation on the ground.”
Oyetola said his administration was willing to maintain the state’s safety and security by partnering with security agencies, people and corporate bodies. He said his administration was working hard to end the security problems the government faces permanently.