The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, on Sunday accused the Amotekun Corps in Oyo State of ‘doing the job God doesn’t like while assuring the Fulani communities in the state of safety.
The Alaafin stated this while receiving the leadership of the Fulani herdsmen in his palace on Sunday.
The delegation included leaders of Fulani herdsmen from Oyo State under the leadership of Sarkin Fulani of Oke-Ogun, Alhaji Yakubu Bello and the state chairman of Miyyati Allah, Alhaji Abubakar Jiji among others.
In the past few days, there had been allegations of abuse of human rights by some members of the corps in Oyo state.
Oba Adeyemi while reacting to the attack on a Fulani settlement in Ibarapa Central Local government area of the state, Alaafin said: “A lot of people in the Yoruba land do not know that Fulani is different from one another, there are those into trading, and also those settlers that are into cattle rearing and also those that roam about from Niger, Burkina Faso, this set also trouble those Fulanis in our midst, they are the problem to all of us including the Fulanis.”
“The word Fulani is like saying Yoruba if an Ekiti man does something wrong they will say Yoruba, if Lagos man does something, they will say Yoruba.”
The monarch in his statement also condemned the security outfit following their mode of operations, He said: “there is no way they can operate without the cooperation of other security agencies.”
“Amotekun cannot work successfully without the DSS, Police, VGN and including that of Miyyati Allah.”
Alaafin on Sunday also alleged that some members of the corps have been killing police asking further that “when did you hear that VGN of Fulani kill police?”
“The Fulanis amidst us can identify whoever is coming to do evil because we have them among us that can differentiate the Fulanis from kano and other parts of the country.”
He added, “Let your mind be at peace. I will talk to the governor on your behalf because he wants to know the truth. Amotekun that is going about with gun is doing the job not given to them, Amotekun is doing the job God doesn’t like.”
“All because they are in uniform does not mean they can terrorize the community by collecting money from the citizens but I’ve not heard that the Fulani VGN or Miyyati Allah living among us ever collected money from anybody. All of us are now family and I must not join them to do evil, they all know I have the confidence to speak the truth.”