The recent wave of insecurity in Yoruba land has begun to give noble Yoruba sons reasons to be worried. Just a few days ago, a first-class monarch was kidnapped and killed in Ondo State, and that is just an index of the recent killings, kidnapping, and violence that have been rocking the Southwest. Before now, Southwest used to be one of the most organized and peaceful regions in the country, but with what has been happening in the region recently, many are worried if what we’ve been seeing happening in the Northeast is slowly making its way into the Southwest.
On the national scale, the insecurity challenges in the country have taken a higher dimension, with attacks from Boko Haram being on the increase now. A few days ago, about 43 farmers were reported by our news media to have been killed on rice farms in Borno State, even though the United Nations said that more than a hundred persons were killed. That came days after Nigeria was again ranked as the third most terrorized country in the world.
In order to ensure that the insecurity situation in the South-West does not become more serious than it is, some notable Yoruba elders have met to discuss the way forward for the Yoruba race following the increasing rate of insecurity in the region.
According to the report which was made by Sahara Reporters and Daily Trust, the meeting was initiated by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.
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The meeting which held at the residence of Afenifere leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, in Lagos on Wednesday, had the attendance of the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, Afenifere National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yinka Odumakin, and some other leaders of the Yoruba socio-cultural group.
During the meeting, the Aare Ona Kakanfo decried the deteriorating security in the Sout-West, adding that the insecurity challenge is now a threat to the livelihood of people living in Yorubaland.
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Following the recent cases of killings and kidnapping in the South-West, Afenifere said that enough is enough, and called for a change in the security structure of the country. The group also condemned the rising cases of insecurity in the region, especially the kidnapping and killing of the first-class traditional ruler in Ondo State, Oba Israel Adewusi, last week.
Their meeting has attracted reactions from Nigerians, with some people not comfortable with the choice of and the number of people at the meeting, while some said that it’s a good step towards the right direction, because this shows that they are not keeping quiet and watching as things continue to fall apart in the South-West.
Some said that with the rising cases of insecurity in the North, this is what Northern leaders ought to do too. That the Hausa elders need to meet and have talks on how they can tackle the insecurity challenges in their region, because the rate of killings in the north is becoming too alarming.
Below are some of the reactions from members of the public:
What is your take on this? Do you think that this meeting from these Yoruba elders is a good step towards tackling insecurity challenges in the South-West, and do you think Northern elders need to follow this step too? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments section below.
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