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Sunday Igboho: Afenifere Knocks ACF Over Comment On Oyo Clash

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Afenifere Knocks ACF, Condemns Amnesty For Bandits

Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere, has berated Arewa Consultative Forum over its comment on the attack on Fulani settlements in Ibarapa Local Government Area of Oyo State.

Naija News reports that an activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, stormed the Fulani settlement to eject the herders and the Seriki Fulani, Salihu Abdukadir from the town.

It was gathered that a Fulani woman was shot dead while properties worth millions of naira were destroyed during the attack.

However, Arewa Consultative Forum, on Saturday, condemned the attack on Fulani herdsmen in the town and called for the arrest of Igboho.

But in a statement on Saturday, Afenifere Spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, asked the ACF not to threaten Yorubas with war or crisis or provoke the South West to war.

Odumakin noted that the South West would never attack any ethnic group unless such group wants the Yorubas to leave their homes.

While advising the ACF to “call their criminals to order”, Afenifere warned that Yoruba would not want a repeat of the incident of 1966.

The statement reads, “The attention of Afenifere has been drawn to the hypocritical tears of Arewa Consultative Forum 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 ACF statement, especially their reference to the event of 1966.

“We must make it clear to them that they cannot threaten us with a war at this stage as we will not provoke war but never are we going to run for anybody on our land.

“We are miffed that a body like ACF that has never shown any remorse over the killing of our people can open their mouths anyhow now because there are consequences for the irresponsible actions of their people.

“We advise them to call their criminals to order and not expect our people to sheepishly wait to be killed by those who value cow lives more than human beings.

“We do not want a repeat of 1966 event but if there are people plotting such event again, the rain will be over their heads.”

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