Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams has lamented the spate of killings in many parts of the country, including some South West states.
While lamenting the needless killings, and how the perpetrators have not been brought to book, he said, “My zeal to protect Yorubaland and the will of millions of Yoruba to defend their fatherland are being tested with the invasion of some parts of our land by these killers”.
He stated that events of the last few months have shown that Nigeria is at the crossroads, as strange things are happening in the country. “Blood thirsty maniacs are on the rampage, killing and maiming innocent Nigerians. The insecurity in the land is reaching an alarming peak.
The Aare Ona Kakanfo lamented that pitiably, the ‘clear and present danger’ today is that the government seems helpless to curtail the situation, as it is no longer ‘breaking news’ in some sections of the country, that marauders kill farmers at will.
“Because these killings are giving patriotic Nigerians the creeps, patriots are shouting themselves hoarse, telling the government to do something urgent to check the trend. While members of the comity of nations are alarmed about happenings in our country, it appears as if they are crying more than the bereaved.
“Although the government has promised to check the rampaging lunatics, Nigerians are still not convinced of a decisive clampdown on these killers. Thousands of lives have been lost to these sons of Lucifer, but it is strange that not even a single arrest or prosecution has been affected.
Adams, who is also the national coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) recalled, that “When I was installed as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland by His Imperial Majesty, Iku Baba Yeye and Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, on January 13, 2018, I vowed that I would do everything to project the image and protect the name of Yorubaland”.
He also said, “I find it difficult to comprehend this open insult that some killers, whose kinsmen live in our villages, towns and cities, will invade Yorubaland at will, kidnap, rape and, in some bizarre situations, kill some of our sons and daughters.
“The borders of Ekiti, Ondo, Oyo and Kogi states are becoming too hot for indigenes as many people have been kidnapped, leading to soldiers going after these killers deep inside the forest.
“I ask, if we allow killings of innocent farmers and destruction of farmlands in any part of Yorubaland to continue, where is our determination to defend the Yoruba society, values and territory?
“Obviously, our silence is being misconstrued for foolishness.
“We cannot continue to expose the flanks of Yoruba societies and communities to incursions and attacks
“Strangers are gradually taking over parts of our land but according to history, marauders, arsonists and murderous gangs failed, and will continue to fail, to conquer Yorubaland.
While recalling incidents of killers and kidnappers in the region, Adams called on chief executives of the south west states to put together a security summit, “because we have enough hunters, traditionalists, farmers and ancestral security outfits to commence the maximum protection of all parts of Yorubaland”.
According to him, “Time to check this madness is now”, and called on “Executives in Yorubaland to convene a South-West Security Summit to be held in one of the state capitals. The meeting will involve, among others, traditional rulers, religious and opinion leaders, farmers, businessmen, herders and security agents in the region.
“This is the time for us to act before the situation becomes unbearable”.
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