The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has said the people of South-West would not be threatened with war following an attack on the Fulani settlement in Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State.
The spokesman of the group, Mr Yinka Odumakin, made this known in a statement on Saturday as a reply to the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) over its comment on the clashes.
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On Friday, some youths led by Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, had invaded a Fulani settlement in the Igangan area of Ibarapa and chased away Fulani herders, setting the residence of the Sarkin Fulani, Alhaji Abdulkadir Saliu ablaze in the process.
The ACF, a northern socio-cultural group, had in a statement by its spokesman, Emmanuel Yawe, called for the arrest of Igboho, who earlier issued a quit notice to the Fulani in Ibarapa.
Yawe had warned that there might be counterattacks in the North if the attacks were not stopped.
But the Afenifere described the statement by the ACF as arrogant and insulting.
“The attention of Afenifere has been drawn to the hypocritical tears of the 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 statement by the ACF, especially their reference to the event of 1966.