Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere has berated the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) over its allusion to war, in its response to the eviction of Seriki Fulani from Ibarapa local government area of Oyo State.
Recall that Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho on Friday carried out his threat to eject the Seriki Fulani from Ibarapa over his implication in the series of assaults, kidnappings and killings of innocent farmers in the area.
Afenifere, in a statement released by its National Publicity Secretary, Yinka Odumakin on Saturday, advised the ACF to call its people to order instead of threatening Yoruba nation with war.
The statement said: “The attention of Afenifere has been drawn to the hypocritical tears of Arewa Consultative Forum (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 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.”