The Aare Ona Kankanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, yesterday warned that war was looming in the country with the antics being played by the Fulani leaders in the country regarding grabbing of lands for gracing and cattle ranching.
He disclosed this at a book presentation to honour the memory and legacies of Chief Obafemi Awolowo. It was a presentation of the Yoruba translation of Awolowo’s autobiography entitled: ‘AWO’ by the Alaroye publishers. The book presentation held at the International Conference Center, University of Ibadan had in attendance prominent Yoruba leaders including Ambassador (Dr.) Tokunbo Awolowo- Dosumu; Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi; Oyo state deputy governor, Rauf Olaniyan; Onimeko of Imeko, Oba Benjamin Alabi; Aare Ona. Kankanfo of Yorubaland, Dr. Gani Adams, Yinka Odumakin, Yoruba Imam in Ilorin, Abdulraman and others.
Speaking, the Aare Ona Kakanfo said “I have some information with me that I can’t divulge yet. War is looming in Yoruba land.
The Miyetti Allah is taking out their plans one after the other. While the eastern governors kicked against it, our governors are trying to be diplomatic about the matter. “No governor in South West should allocate any portion of our land for cattle ranching or colony. Our history will not forget and forgive anyone of them who does so. Our land is not available for Meyetti Allah, so they should find other place or other means of rearing their cattle. “I am a warrior and I am not afraid and the Yorubas are not afraid of any tribes who are giving us problems.
I am only wait-ing for approval from my Kings because they have the final say on this issue. I am not limiting this struggle to the South West only but to the States like Kogi and Kwara States where we have Yoruba society. “We won’t allow insecurity to overwhelm us.
We will not allow it to distract us from pursuing restructuring agenda. We should do whatever we have to do to deliver ourselves. I can still roll out one million Yoruba people.” The spokesperson of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin in his remarks appealed to traditional rulers to warn South west governors against giving herders land for Ruga settlement.
“Our leaders should stand up for their right; they should not allow any cattle colony nor any settlement of such in our region,” he said. The leaders at the event condemned the last Security Summit held in the city two days ago, saying the gathering was just a talk- show, noting that a security matter was a matter that needed to be addressed by all and not by just a few people.