Leave South West within 7 days or… – Yoruba group warns militant herdsmen

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A group, Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide (YCYW), has said it would no longer condone the criminal activities of militant Fulani herdsmen in the South West geopolitical zone, warning them to leave the region within seven days.

The group made this known in a communique signed by its president, Aremo Oladotun Hassan and released after a meeting in Ile Ife, Osun State on Thursday.

YCYW said that activities of militant herdsmen and Boko Haram have heightened insecurity in the South West and described as unacceptable the killing and kidnapping of people by the groups.

The communique read in part,  “In view of the recurrent decimal of flagrant brutal killings by the gun wielding terrorist Fulani Herdsmen/Boko Haram, aggressive invasion and violent attacks and alleged kidnapping of innocent Yorubas and Nigerians domiciled in Yoruba land, gross violation of fundamental rights to human dignity leading to serial and merciless killings of innocent youths, rising wave of insecurity across the nation in Lagos around Ojokoro, ibadan to Ife road, Ibadan to Ijebu Ode/Benin Ore road, Ekiti to Akure and other highways kidnappings and robberies, incessant records of brutal ritual killings to mention a few, precipitating our unanimous resolution via final 7 days quit notice to all Fulani Herdsmen/Boko Haram to stay off all our territories, towns, villages and highways in all South West states.”

Also, YCYW condemned the Federal Government’s meeting with the leadership of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) in Kebbi State and plans to establish a radio station directed at Fulani herdsmen.

It further deplored the Federal Government’s comparison of Miyetti Allah to Afenifere and Ohanaeze Ndigbo, describing it as “irresponsible and reckless”.

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