Irked by unwarranted attacks and an armed invasion of Yoruba farmlands in south-west Nigeria by Fulani herdsmen, leaders of the region yesterday held an emergency summit in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital and threatened to secede from Nigeria. In attendance were notable Yoruba leaders, sons and daughters both at home and in the Diaspora. The event was presided over by General Adeyinka Adebayo (Rtd.), former Governor of the defunct Western Region.
The summit tagged 'NATIONAL INSECURITY AND THE MENACE OF FULANI HERDSMEN IN YORUBALAND' decried the incessant attacks and warned that the region will no longer tolerate the ongoing encroachment on their farmland and failure to call the Fulani herdsmen to order would leave them with no option but to review its status in the federation of Nigeria. The leaders further faulted and criticized the present political arrangement and called for the immediate restructuring of Nigeria by implementing the 2014 confab report.
The summit condemned in its entirety the 'invasion and killing of people in Yoruba territories' thus forcing factional leaders of Oodua Peoples' Congress namely Dr. Fredrick Faseun and Gani Adams to opt for outright secession.
Contentious issues that featured prominently in the summit ranged from insecurity of lives and property, destruction of farmlands by Fulani herdsmen, cases of rape, destruction of economic plants to the armed violence unleashed on the natives by the invading band of nomads. The summit well attended by the region's ex-service men demanded an immediate end to lawless nomadic activities in south-west Nigeria.
The summit DailyGlobeWatch gathered was co-sponsored by Yoruba Council of Elders, Afenifere and the Yoruba Unity Forum and Oodua Foundation. Other participants in the summit were Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko who was represented by Sola Ebiseni, Oyo State Deputy Governor, Moses Alake represented the Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi. Others are Prof. Toun Ogunseye, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Pa Supo Sonibare, Chief Shuaib, the former military Governor of Lagos State, Brig-Gen Raji Rasaki, Prof Banji Akintoye and Pa Olanihun and many others.