Afenifere Spokesman Fires Back At Tinubu

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The last may not have been heard about the war of words between National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the spokesman of Afenifere Yinka Odumakin over the best approach to resolve herdsmen crisis in the country.

This is as Odumakin has accused Tinubu of being quiet when herdsmen kidnapped elder statesman, Olu Falae on his Ondo farm and burnt down many farms across the South West geo-political zone.

Recall that the spate between both men had started following a recommendation by Tinubu that the Federal Government should take over unoccupied and isolated land in the country and convert them to grazing reserves as a solution to the incessant clashes between farmers and herdsmen.

But speaking for Afenifere, Odumakin had accused Tinubu of playing politics with the lives of Nigerians, saying his suggestion was backward for modern-day Nigeria.

However, Tinubu reacted by accusing Odumakin of suffering from “selective comprehension” and displaying “anarchical emotions” over a matter he did not fully understand.

Read Also: Tinubu Warns Afenifere Against Displaying “Anarchical Emotions”

Odumakin has also responded to the former Lagos governor’s riposte.

Dismissing Tinubu’s claim that the South West was not affected by the herdsmen crisis, Odumakin said that murderous herdsmen had killed people in Yewa, Oke Ogun, Akure, Ekiti and other parts of the region.

He said, “Tinubu has maintained a sinful silence as herdsmen launched vicious attacks on the South-West and other sections of the country with thousands of lives lost in the last three years.

“He can play the ostrich all he wants but we know he was mute when herdsmen kidnapped Chief Olu Falae. He could not find his voice when herders killed people in Yewa, Oke Ogun, Akure, Ekiti and the Middle Belt.

“Neither did I hear a word from Tinubu when herdsmen kidnapped and killed a Permanent Secretary in Osun (where Tinubu and I are from).”

He added, “I do not intend to take issues with him in all the personal attacks and insinuations of disorder of the mind. Why should I when I know that it is chronic abusers of substance that are more prone to suffer from such? Thank God I am not one of them.”


John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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