By Uche Amunike
Recently released Yoruba nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has issued a 7-day ultimatum to suspected Fulani herdsmen causing mayhem and killing people in various communities in the southwest, to vacate the region.
He has also called on security agencies to find that who the herders are and prosecute them for allegedly attacking farmers in some communities, both in and Ogun states, in recent times.
Speaking through a statement signed by the seperatist Sunday Igboho, he said that farmers in Yoruba land and indeed, any part of the country, deserved safety from herders and others who will not let them farm in peace.
He called on the security agencies and the Nigerian Army, to address the security breaches now, before the situation gets uncontrollable.
His words: ‘We are calling on the Police, the Department of State Security, DSS, Nigeria Security and Civil Defense 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 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.’
He commended the governors of Oyo and Ogun States, Seyi Makinde and Dapo Abiodun, for all they have done to maintain peace and healthy developments in their respective states. He also challenged the heads of security agencies to do the needful before the situation gets out of hand.
He noted that even though he believed in peaceful coexistence in Nigeria, notwithstanding tribe, religion or political affiliations, he was issuing a 7-day ultimatum to Fulani herdsmen killing people in Yoruba land or any part of the Southwest, to take their leave from the communities.
His words: ‘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.’
He also expressed his belief that the federal government under the leadership of President Bola Tinubu, had the capacity to ensure and guarantee that the lives and properties of farmers in Nigeria, are in safe hands and duly protected. He enjoined the government to avoid any action that would further increase the prices of food and other edible commodities in the state, as it would meet resistance.
Sunday Igboho concluded in his statement: ‘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.’