YCE, OPC blast GADFAN for demanding compensation for Sarkin Fulani, arrest of ‘Sunday Igboho’
The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) and Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) New Era, yesterday, berated the Allah Fulani Development Association of Nigeria (GADFAN) for demanding compensation for the Sarkin Fulani of Igangan, Alhaji Salihu AbdulKadir and arrest of the Yoruba rights activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called ‘Sunday Igboho.’
GADFAN had urged both the federal and Oyo State governments to ensure the return of the displaced Sarkin Fulani to Igangan in Ibarapa North Local Council of Oyo State.
The Abuja-based association also asked the government to compensate the Sarkin Fulani and his people for all the losses during the alleged attack on their settlement.
It also demanded the prosecution of Sunday Igboho and others involved in the alleged unleashing of violence, as well as the destruction of property.
The association made these demands in a statement after its officials paid a solidarity visit to Alhaji Salihu in Ilorin, Kwara State.
But reacting, the National Publicity Secretary of OPC New Era, Adesina Akinpelu, said: “Calling for compensation for evicting the Fulani herdsmen is not a problem. If they are calling for compensation, it means they think that it is their right to be compensated. But we are now telling the Federal Government that all the Yoruba sons and daughters killed by the Fulani herdsmen and the property they have burnt, even during Oyo Empire till date, will also deserve compensation.”
“If they want to arrest Sunday Igboho because of the Fulani, the government should be ready to arrest others who have been causing havoc in Nigeria. The government should not trigger civil war.”
ALSO, the YCE, through its Secretary-General, Dr. Kunle Olajide, said: “No government will take this faceless organisation seriously. They should be ignored.”
“Igboho should be commended for doing the work of the police. He courageously helped the police to rid Igangan of criminal herders. The call for Igboho’s arrest is baseless. The police must perform their duties diligently without fear or favour. No criminal activities must be condoned. All Nigerians, irrespective of what part of the country they may come from, must be treated fairly.”
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