Insecurity: Gani Adams writes S/West Governors, Ooni, others .. says "Yoruba land is troubled, Darkness looms - DE-REPORTORIAL


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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Insecurity: Gani Adams writes S/West Governors, Ooni, others .. says "Yoruba land is troubled, Darkness looms

Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba Land, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams Tuesday wrote a pressing letter to governors of the six states in the south west, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi and governors of Kwara and Kogi states respectively.

The letter,titled:"Yorubaland Is

" Troubled,Darkness Looms",was also sent to the states Council of Obas giving detailed analysis of the prevailing security challenges in the region, even as he also proffered possible solutions to the problem.

Aare Gani Adams,who had raised similar issues recently said in the letter that 'evil had entered Yorubaland', insisting that  more than 70 million Yoruba living in the South-West, parts of South-South and North-Central of Nigeria are troubled.

"On November 26, 2020, a first class traditional ruler in Ondo State, the Olufon of Ifon, Oba Israel Adeusi, who just left the Governor's Office, Akure after a security meeting with the then Governor, the late Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, (may his soul rest in peace), was shot dead by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Akure-Owo Highway.All hell was let loose. Imagine the insult on the Yoruba race.

"The Yoruba, home and abroad, saw this as an unprecedented sacrilege.

Youths in Ondo State immediately threatened to take up arms but the then President Muhammadu Buhari pacified the Yoruba, saying the killers would be apprehended,but

till today, the killers have not been apprehended.

Continuing,he said,:"We thought we had seen the last of that sacrilege. But now, 'Eemo ti Wolu' (there is evil in the land). 

"Even during the Kiriji War, I don't think what happened a few days ago ever happened in Yorubaland.

"From Ekiti to Kwara states, three traditional rulers were shot dead by these blood-thirsty maniacs.

"The Alara of Ara who escaped in Ekiti narrated what happened and the people who perpetrated this heinous crime.

"Never in the history of Yoruba were three Obas shot dead in a spate of four days. So, obviously, evil has entered Yorubaland.

"And as our progenitors did, we must not appease this evil in our land. It must be dealt with immediately and decisively. 

"But, that decisive action requires speed.The evil gradually creeping into Yorubaland is a monster which must be fought with all powers at our disposal.

"This scourge of foreign banditry is similar to the scorched-earth policy of the Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler, during the Second World War, an intentional course of military and para-military action that was drastic, maximum and ruinous.

While urging the governors and other stakeholders to act fast on the present danger,he stated further that,"the clear and present danger' is to behave as if this hydra-headed monster is not already constituting a problem.

"The matter is so serious now that some Yoruba are being abducted on the highway. If our people are afraid of going to their farms and travelling on the highway, danger looms.

"Due to the fact that this 'cancer' was not given an urgent and decisive operation when it started, it is now spreading like wild fire because the perpetrators get high financial returns with less risk, unlike armed robbery which involves a lot of risk and high uncertainty.

"We have a situation on our hands now in which if an intending victim escapes, the kidnappers will go for the wife. If she escapes, they will go for the children.

"Since nobody wants to lose a loved one, family members look for money by all means to pay these evil doers. And the vicious circle continues.

"Aside making money from this evil venture, these killers and their sponsors want to destroy the economy of Yorubaland. That is why they must be stopped now.

"Kidnapping for ransom is already creating fear in Yorubaland and if our people can no longer go to farms or travel through the highways, our economy will be affected.

"Let me acknowledge the efforts of the Amotekun and other security agencies, but the fact still remains that there is need to complement their efforts.

"We must wage war against kidnapping and the time for that fight is now.

Aare Adams maintained also that

he was ready to flush out all the undesirable elements in the land, but added that he  needs the permission of the governors to make this possible.

"Now, we are in the 21st Century. Elected governors are the Chief Security Officers of their respective states. For me to move against enemies of Yoruba in this land, I will need your permissions and cooperation.

"Aside the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) which has solid network in all the wards, villages, towns and cities in Yorubaland, I also control 13 other groups working with the OPC.

They are the South West Security Stakeholders Group (SSSG) and this group includes the Agbekoya,the Professional  Hunters, Vigilante Groups of Nigeria, Vigilante Jahun, Agbekoya Peace Movement, Agbekoya Farmers Society, COMSAIC and Isokan Ile Oodua among others.

"We already have the troops and logistics to flush out undesirable elements in the land but for this war to be fought effectively,it is no doubt that coordination is central.

"And as the Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland,I have my strategy and I am ready to give you my maximum support as the Chief Security Officer of your state.

 "I can assure you that within six months, insecurity will reduce drastically across southwest.

"This is not the time to be liaising with some groups in isolation,  (majority of them are members of South West Security Stakeholders Group and they are under my leadership as the convener of the group and as the Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland) to wage this battle against the marauders".

Aare Adams, however, sought to  have an urgent meeting with the governors on the security threat,he said was to 'our collective existence'

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