The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, has called on farmers and herders in the Ibarapa area of Oyo State and Nigeria in general to live in harmony for the unity and development of Nigeria.
Adetunji gave the advice on Saturday during the Royal Festival of Praise organised by the Holy Ghost Royal House of Restoration Church in Ibadan, the state capital.
The monarch was quoted by the News Agency of Nigeria as calling on Nigerians to support security agencies in addressing insecurity in the country.
He also urged religious leaders to support the efforts of the government.
Meanwhile, some Northern elders, under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development, on Saturday described the invasion and burning of the home, livestock and vehicles of the Sarkin Fulani of Oyo State, Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir, by some youths allegedly led by one Sunday Adeyemo, aka Sunday Igboho, as “provocative and senseless.”
They also urged the Oyo State Government to “activate measures to compensate all those affected by this mindless act, to assuage their pain” and enjoined Northern youths to “remain calm and law-abiding, as reprisals would only worsen the situation.”
Furthermore, we wish to make a passionate appeal to all the Fulani and Hausa youths in the North to once again disappoint these enemies of national unity by remaining peaceful and wait for the government to act in a manner that will bring justice to those affected. We maintain that violence remains inimical to the progress of any society and her people as it retards socio-economic development on all fronts,” the group said in a statement by its National Coordinator, Zana Goni.
Similarly, the Coalition of Oduduwa Elders has called on security agencies to swing into action with a view to arresting the culprits and making them to face the wrath of the law.
It urged the South-West governors to take responsibility for the security of their states and commence an immediate meeting of stakeholders to engage all parties.
In a statement signed by their National Coordinator, Dr Tunde Aremu, and Secretary, Folake Ajasin, they called on Fulani and their northern brothers “not to see this act as an act of Yoruba people but a clear act of criminality perpetrated by some misguided youths that will be brought to book in no time.”