The Ooni of Ife Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has admonished President Buhari to intensify the security in the South Western part of the country and fish out the bad eggs amongst the Fulani herdsmen.
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Punch Newspaper: Fish out bad eggs among Fulani, Ooni tells Buhari
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Thursday called for the tightening of security in the South-West by the Federal Government amid the increasing attacks by herdsmen on communities in the geopolitical zone lately.
He noted that while not all Fulani herdsmen were involved in the attacks, it was the wish of Yoruba monarchs and their subjects that the Federal Government in collaboration with local communities, should fish out the “bad eggs” among the herdsmen. The Ooni stated that the escalating security challenges in the country had led to some persons and groups beating the drums of war.
However, he clarified that the South-West was not ready to go to war with any part of the country. The paramount ruler disclosed that it was the desire of the Yoruba to see improved security over lives and property, a responsibility he said was not impossible for the Federal Government to undertake.
The Ooni, who spoke with State House Correspondents after he held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, said he came to the State House on behalf of royal fathers in the South-West to make a case for improved security. His visit came just a week after the late Mrs Funke Olakunri, the daughter of the Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, was killed by suspected herdsmen along the Kajola-Ore Road in Ondo State.
Speaking on whether he thought the Fulani were being stigmatised , the Yoruba paramount ruler said, “Well, it is not about stigmatisation; it is about separating the wheat from the chaff. “A lot of them are mixed up with the good ones. We are not saying all the Fulani are bad. It is not only about the Fulani, it is not only about them; it is about the bad miscreants that are even hiding under the name of the Fulani. “We want to try as much as possible to work with the government right now. They have all the security apparatus and they are meant to defend us; that is what we are looking up to now. We have to stand up and meet with Mr President and he has given us a listening ear and you (will) see a lot of result going forward.”
Responding to a question on the purpose of his visit, Ogunwusi said, “(It was on) how to improve security. I came to speak on behalf of other traditional rulers. The issue at hand in the South-West is real. The issue of insecurity; we that live in the remote and rural areas of the south-western part of the country, most of the bushes are occupied by strange people and we decided to work with the government to fish them out. “Everybody is beating the drum of war; we don’t want war. Who can stand war? We want something better for our youths. “We should better use them (youths) for something good other than shouting war and anarchy. We don’t want that. “We told the President that and he is on the same page with us. Politicians should be careful not to blow things out of proportion. “We should make sure things are right and the President has given good directives to security chiefs including the Inspector-General of Police (Mohammed Adamu), to visit all traditional institutions in the South-West.”
The monarch canvassed efficient policing and intelligence gathering that involved using the locals to help fish out strange elements in the various communities. Opposing a resort to war at this point, he said, “We shouldn’t keep over-hyping war and we still want to keep the peace in the South-West. We don’t want anarchy.”
Ogunwusi also noted that the controversial Ruga scheme appeared to have been given different interpretations, saying that Buhari did the right thing by intervening to ease the growing tension in Nigeria over the initiative. He added that overall, what was of utmost importance to the people of the South-West was maximum security. “What is important is for the youth not to take the law into their own hands, killing and causing violence. The drum of war is resonating loud and we are very worried. “We need more federal apparatus to defend ourselves. We need security reinforcement from the Federal Government. We understand more than anybody. We don’t want war and we want to work with government to bring peace. “We are not saying all Fulani are bad; it is about the bad guys working under the name of the Fulani,” the monarch further stated.
Guardian Newspaper: Ooni meets Buhari, warns of war over security crisis
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, hinted yesterday that war could break out in the country unless the worsening state of insecurity is curbed. The monarch gave the warning after he met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
He told reporters following the closed-door meeting that he was at the villa on behalf of traditional rulers “to speak to the president with a view to tackling the fragile security situation in the country.” He said: “Everybody is beating the drums of war. We don’t want war. Who can stand war? We want something better for our youths. We had better use them for something good rather than shouting war and anarchy. We don’t want that. “The issue of insecurity in the southwest is real. In the remote and rural areas of the southwest, most of the bushes are now occupied by strange people. We, therefore, decided to work with the government to fish them out. “We told that to the president and he is on the same page with us. Politicians should be careful not to throw things out of proportion. We should make sure things are right. The president has given good directives to security chiefs including the Inspector General of Police to visit all traditional institutions in the southwest.”
The Ooni said care must be taken so that exuberant youths do not “take the laws into their hands and go into all those places and start killing and maiming. We don’t want that. The drums of war are resonating too much and we are very worried. “We need more federal apparatus to defend ourselves and reinforcement from the Federal Government. We understand more than anybody. We don’t want war and we want to work with the government to bring peace.”
On the alleged stigmatisation of the Fulani, he noted: “We are not saying all Fulani are bad. It’s about the bad guys working under the name of Fulani. It is not about stigmatisation; it is about separating the corn from the chaff. A lot of them are mixed up with the good ones. We are not saying all Fulani are bad; it’s about the miscreants hiding under the name of Fulani.”
This came as Buhari blamed rising security challenges in Africa on illegal financial activities, even as he charged intelligence and security agencies to tighten the noose on illicit flows. He stated this in a keynote address at the opening session of the 16th Conference of the Committee of Intelligence and Security Services of Africa (CISSA) “Frankly, we may never know the true extent of the damage. Estimates, however, suggest that African countries lose over $60 billion annually due to illicit financial outflows, a staggering amount for a continent in dire need of development finance.”
The president also challenged the conference to put measures in place that would ensure terrorists and criminals are denied access to financial systems. According to him, “Criminals and their collaborators cheat the system through various practices, including trade mispricing, trade mis-invoicing, tax abuse, and evasion, as well as money laundering. “Several unfair commercial agreements and illegal resource extraction by multinational companies, in cahoots with their local collaborators, also create routes for illicit financial outflows.”
In his remarks, the chairman of the African Union Commission, Musa Faki Mahamat, said terrorism and radicalisation sponsored by illicit flows continuously affect growth on the continent, while ethnicity and religious diversities have been exploited for political gains. Represented by the African Union Commissioner for Peace and Security, Smail Chergui, he said the Internet has been used as a valid platform for recruitment of people into criminal activities, even as terrorists now use sophisticated technology like drones. But former President Goodluck Jonathan was optimistic that insecurity, especially in Nigeria, would be contained.
Sun Newspaper: Insecurity: Security chiefs, Yoruba leaders to meet
Against the backdrop of the tension that has trailed the death of Mrs. Funke Olakunri, daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, who was killed on Kajola-Ore Road, in Ondo State, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, yesterday, said the South West does not want to experience any other war.
He said this after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja. The monarch told State House Correspondents, that very soon, security chiefs and traditional rulers in the region would soon meet, based on a directive by President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Ooni also disclosed he was at Aso Rock, to meet with the President, on behalf of the region’s traditional rulers; towards improving the security situation in the country. He said: “I came to speak on behalf of other traditional rulers. The issue at hand in the South West is real. “On the issue of insecurity, we who live in the remote and rural areas of the south western part of the country, most of the bushes are occupied by strange people and we have decided to work with government; to fish them out. Everybody is beating the drum of war; we don’t want war. Who can stand war? We want something better for our youths. We should better use them for something good other than shouting war and anarchy. We don’t want that.
“We told the president that and he is on the same page with us. Politicians should be careful not to twist things out of proportion. We should make sure things are right and the president has given good directives, to security chiefs, including the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Abubakar Adamu Mohammed, to visit all traditional institutions in the South West. “Mr. President has actually given good directives to security chiefs especially the IGP, they will visit each and every traditional rulers’ palace that are very sensitive in the South West, with immediate effect. He is going to give that directive. “We need to work very closely with them and every other security agency in the country would all be put to use now. It is very important to us to put them to use and work with the locals. It is very important so that we can separate the corn from the chaff.” “We shouldn’t keep over hyping it and say what is next is war, no! We know what Mr. President has been saying about the south western part of the country for a long time. The peace and peaceful co-existence in the South West, we still want to keep that. We don’t want any war to happen; we don’t want any attrition, we don’t want anarchy. So that was the reason why I came to discuss with him.”
The monarch expressed happiness that the president gave assurances he would soon speak on Ruga. “Another thing that he assured me, before I left, of which I will go and give feedback to much more experienced traditional rulers in the South West and our leaders across board, is that he has assured that he will say his own side of the story, about Ruga, because he wants to let the world, and Nigerians, in particular, know the true side of the story because it’s being read out of context. So we should give him that opportunity to speak on his behalf as the number one citizen of the country. What is important, for me, is the exuberant nature of our youths in Nigeria, for them not to take laws into their hands, go into all those places and start to kill and maim, we don’t want that. The drums of war are resonating and we are very worried,” Ooni added.
Asked whether his comments, that south westerners should defend themselves against Fulani herdsmen was not also beating the drum of war, the monarch replied that when wrong people enter one’s house, the person has the right to defend himself.