By Ajibola Abayomi,
June 13, 2019.
A statement issued by the President and Secretary of the group Erelu Dupe Martins and Toyin Durojaiye respectively demand urgent attention from government to halt the tide especially ion the South West.
Excerpts from the statement reads thus:’ In line with the aims of the group, as wives, sisters, women of integrity and intellect, business women, professionals and mothers of Oduduwa origin, we will be failing in our God given responsibilities as the fulcrum around which our homes, communities, Oduduwa land and the nation revolves if we do not lend our voices to decry an insidious and existential threat to the Children of Oodua.
‘We wish to draw the attention of Nigerians and the International Community at large to issues of critical significance, which have far reaching, deleterious implications on the continued existence and survival of the Oodua race in Nigeria.
‘The spate of wanton killings across Nigeria perpetrated largely by Fulani herdsmen: the only militia in possession of unlicensed sophisticated weapons in Nigeria today without fear of consequence as they seem to have official backing is a serious existential threat to the Nigerian State.
‘These killings mainly targeted at non-Fulani groups across the country are deliberate in pursuit of an expansionist and conquest agenda.
Unfortunately, the government appears complicit as
no herdsmen caught is ever brought to account for these monumental crimes even after Miyetti Allah has taken responsibility!
‘Instead, this government has treated them with kid gloves, justifying their crimes by issuing statements in their defence with the presidency equating Miyetti Allah with Afenifere and Ohanaeze in order to confer legitimacy on them.
The last straw is an insensitive act of impunity – FG decision to fund a Fulani Radio station for the herdsmen in violation of the Federal character element of our constitution.
Protection of lives and property is a basic right of all Nigerians in general and the Children of Oodua in particular as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution.
A brief recap of few of the heinous crimes perpetrated against the Children of Oduduwa by these murderous terrorists will tell the discerning that there is fire on the mountain:
1.Chief Olu Falae was kidnapped,his farm destroyed TWICE as a warning to him to stop condemning the activities of these terrorists: Ondo state
2. Ondo state is the largest producer of cocoa in Nigeria but in this season of anomie brought opon Oodua land by these marauders,most farmers are abandoning their farms due to attacks and destruction of their farms by these cow herders: Ondo state
3.The recent kidnap and payment of over N5m to secure the release of an OAU lecturer: Osun state
4.Kidnap/killing of Yorubas around Esa Oke: Osun state
5.Kidnappings on Ilesa/Akure road:Osun/Ondo state
6.Kidnappings on Ilesa/Ado Ekiti road:Osun/Ekiti states
7.Kidnappings on Ife/Ibadan road: Osun/Oyo
8.Numerous kidnappings/murders in Benin kingdom which necessitated the Oba of Benin,His Royal Highness,Omo n’Oba Nedo Uku Akpolopkolo 2,to invoke curses from the gods of Benin on perpetrators earlier this week.
9.Chief Bode Akindele, a Yoruba business magnate was attacked on Lagos/Ibadan expressway but fortunately escaped: Lagos/Oyo states
10.Wives of traditional rulers are kidnapped and raped!
11.Wife of a prominent pastor in Lagos was kidnapped for 2 weeks on her way to Akure and only released after paying N25million!:Lagos/Ondo states
12.Students of Babcock,Covenant and Are Babalola universities are kidnapped and threatened with death and their parents extorted for millions of naira.
13.A woman,a business mogul was kidnapped,threatened and extorted.She has abandoned her business and left the country: Ekiti state
14.A bloody attempt by herdsmen to install a non local traditional ruler in a part of Oke Ogun: Oyo state
15.A woman,a big mogul in the petroleum industry was kidnapped and extorted.
16.Two days ago,one of the Royal father’s from Imeko raised the alarm that a tomato paste manufacturing company owned by Oodua Investment company has been taken over by these criminal herders from where they propose to launch coordinated attacks on his hapless community!: Ogun state
17.Daily reports of farmers maimed and killed, in fact having to pay tax to killer herdsmen before they can access their firms, disgraceful events confirmed by the state governor: Delta state
These reports are just a tip of the iceberg from the daily accounts of the reign of terror perpetrated by these cow herders.
Heartbreakingly, most of the female victims of these cursed kidnappers are both raped and extorted. They are then threatened with death if they speak out.