Yoruba nation agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has appealed to security agencies to identify and prosecute herders who are alleged to have attacked farmers in Iwere-Ile, Oyo State, and various communities in Ogun State.
In a statement issued on Sunday, Igboho emphasized the need for ensuring the safety of farmers in Yoruba land and throughout Nigeria, urging the authorities to address the security challenges promptly.
The statement read: “We are calling on the Police, the Department of State Security (DSS), Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and the Nigerian Army to address the security breaches now before the situation gets out of hand.
“We are saddened that the killings of our farmers innocently eking out their living have started rearing their ugly head again. This worrisome development calls for sober reflection, bearing in mind the current hardship in the country.
“The recent ambush and killing of operatives of Amotekun Security Corps, including other security agents who were trying to restore normalcy in Iwere-Ile community after the suspected Fulani herdsmen have murdered our kinsmen in Iwere-Ile must be investigated, and the culprits must be made to face the music.
“While we commend Oyo State governor, Engineer ‘Seyi Makinde, and his counterparts in Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun for their efforts to ensure peace and healthy developments in their respective states, we are challenging the heads of security agencies to act now before the situation worsens.
“However, while we believe in the peaceful coexistence in Nigeria regardless of tribe, religion, and political cleavages, we are issuing a seven-day ultimatum to Fulani herdsmen killing our people in any part of Southwest to vacate our communities now. This warning is very important. We are not going to take laws into our hands, but they must leave.
“For now, we have belief in the capability of the Federal Government under the leadership of President Bola Tinubu to ensure and guarantee the safety of lives and properties, particularly farmers in Nigeria. We must not tolerate any act that can further push up the prices of food and other edible commodities.
“We are also appealing to Oyo and Ogun State governors to, as a matter of urgency, deploy more security agents and architectures to all the flashpoints where there is an increase in Fulani herdsmen/farmers clashes for peace to reign.
“Nigerians and our farmers in agrarian settlements need security presence now so that they can engage in small or large-scale farming activities for food production. These killings must stop now for the benefit of all.”
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