Pan Yoruba Youth Organisation, Igbimo Odo Yoruba, has thrown its weight behind the decision of the Ondo State government, asking all Herders in the State to vacate the state’s forest reserves in 7 days, as it vowed to mobilize its members towards ensuring the enforcement of the State government directive, which it said, is aimed at securing the lives of the people.
The group in a statement issued on Wednesday and signed by its Leader, Comrade Olufemi Lawson, also said the reaction of the Presidency, to the decision of the Ondo State, has further confirmed the believe in so many quarters, that there is corroboration and sponsorship for these criminal elements, masquerading as fulani herders in the presidency.
“Nigerians should at this point in time, be worried more than ever, about how on Earth a government will be so brazenly concerned solely about animal lives more than those of human beings, which it swore to protect, at all times, under the law of the land.
“We have no further doubt, that this so called federation is at the dangerous edge of its elastic limit; and it’s now destined to break anytime soon.
The group further said it can no longer watch Yorubaland, being put under the siege of the rampaging terrorist herdsmen, who now enjoys the protection of an administration, which once promised to reduce insecurity, but has rather escalated it, thereby exposing great numbers of our people to avoidable deaths and loss of property in a manner that history has never witnessed before.
“We wish to remind the Presidency and its internal collaborators in Yorubaland, that it is our constitutional right to raise voices and demand an end to the kidnap and killings that are taking place across our states on a daily basis and mobilize our people, towards putting a stop to these attacks on our land.”
We wholeheartedly, endorse Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s decision, and also wish to state, that we are committed to the implementation of the 7 days ultimatum, as we commence the process of mobilising our members, towards evicting those criminal elements, from our communities. We are saying enough is enough and an end must be put to the mindless kidnapping and killing of our people, aided by the nonchalant attitude being displayed by Federal government and its security agencies.
“While we recognise the right of legitimate herders and farmers to do their businesses wherever they choose, such must be done in compliance with government procedures and laid down rules, governing our states and communities. As we will no longer tolerate, any group, no matter how highly connected, to desecrate our land any further.”
“Finally, let it be restated, that after the expiration of this ultimatum by the Ondo State government, any reported case of kidnap or killings will leave us with no option than to mobilize our people, to enforce compliance and get sanity returned, to our communities and forest reserves. “