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HERDSMEN CRISIS: If Revenge On Southerners Begins In The North, It Will Be Difficult To Control – North Warns (Details below)



Bashir Tofa, an elder statesman, has warned of serious crisis if those stirring up ethnic tension across the country refuse to desist from doing so.

Tension began heightening across the country since an ultimatum was issued to herders to vacate the SouthWest over rising insecurity.

Famed Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, widely known as Sunday Igboho, last month mobilised his supporters against the Fulani Community in Oyo State after accusing herders of killings, and kidnapping Yoruba residents, leading to the destruction of properties. In a retaliatory strike, Igboho’s mansion was set afire by unidentified hoodlums.

But peace was restored after Southern and Northern Stakeholders met in Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo where the initial violence took place.

Surprisingly on Tuesday, Igboho stormed Abeokuta in Ogun State, and one person was reportedly killed in the violence that ensued.

In a statement reported by, Tofa called on the federal government to address the situation before it spirals out of control.

“The mayhem we see, almost everyday now, of killings and maiming of people of Northern extraction, including especially, the Fulani, in some other parts of the country, is totally unacceptable. There is clearly a nefarious plan by the enemies of this potentially great country to initiate a violent crisis that may lead to its destruction.

“Tension is beginning to brew, and if revenge attacks on Southerners begin here in the North, it will be difficult to control. Our enemies from within and outside, some well known by our Security Agencies, are more determined than ever to set us against each other, so that we may get to a point of no return when the conflagration begun.

There is no part of this country that is at peace.

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“Local and neighbouring, including foreign terrorist, are busy, fully armed, to cause whatever damage they can inflict on our dear country. I, therefore, call on the President to take this insecurity and the tribal lynching happening very seriously, and put up urgent measures to deal with them without any more delays. I am sure, there is concern at the Presidency and discussions are being held,” he said.

Tofa advised the federal government to take urgent and decisive action, adding: “If any Nigerian will not be allowed to live freely and conduct their lives and businesses in any part of the country without being disturbed or molested or even killed, then no one should be allowed to settle and prosper anywhere else.

“Those foolish leaders and their stupid hirelings who encourage the expulsion of other Nigerians from their States, should remember that their own indigenes also live in other parts. They must stop, or the law should stop them by all means necessary.”

Sunday Igboho labels Tinubu, Makinde, ‘Fulani slaves’

Igboho, has meanwhile, labeled a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu; and Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State as ‘Fulani slaves’.

The activist stated this on Wednesday morning at a virtual ‘Townhall With Yoruba In Diaspora’.

According to him, the politicians failed to convey the pains and displeasure of the Yoruba people to President Muhammadu Buhari.

After the seven-day quit notice issued to herdsmen by Igboho, Makinde had met with the President in Aso Villa last week in a bid to find lasting solution to the herdsmen crisis. The governor has been accused of not doing enough to fighting killer herdsmen in parts of the state.

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A leader of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, had said Tinubu is afraid to speak on the Fulani herdsmen crisis in the South-West region because he does not want to offend the President.

Adebanjo said Tinubu has not condemned the attacks by Fulani herdsmen on the Yoruba people because of his presidential ambition in 2023.

Speaking early Wednesday, Igboho said politicians were afraid of speaking up because they don’t want to endanger their political career.

“A lot of these people we call fathers are cowards and they are Fulani slaves. Once they get to Abuja, they will change everything. And at this stage, we must not be afraid of anybody. Any leader who does not cooperate should be dealt with.

“Yoruba people need not fear Fulani herdsmen anymore. The leaders should show themselves as up to the task. We should deliver ourselves from the enslavement of the Fulani people. Tinubu and his people are Fulani slaves, they don’t have anything good to offer. All the politicians don’t have anything to offer Yoruba people. They are all Fulani slaves, they can’t talk. It is better we cooperate and fight this menace once and for all. We must ‘soro soke’ once and for all,” the activist submitted in the teleconference.

“Seyi Makinde on his own has turned to something else in Oyo State. And we elected him into office but he is a total mistake. He is running after second term and he can’t hear the cries of his people,” Igboho added.

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