Alaafin writes Buhari, warns of worsening insecurity


The Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi, has written to President Muhammadu Buhari warning that “increasing and incessant menace of herders” in the face of “apparent helplessness” of Nigeria’s security agencies might force the Yoruba people to resort to self-help.

The Alaafin issued the warning in a letter – titled “Yoruba Question in Nigeria Conundrum” – directed at President Muhammadu Buhari.

In the letter, he expressed worry about the country’s insecurity. He also reminded President Buhari of his promise to ensure national security.

“I am worried about the security situation in the country, especially in the South-west geo-political zone, nay the entire Yoruba-speaking area of the country including Kwara, Kogi and Edo states,” said the monarch. “This has to do with the incessant and increasing menace of Fulani herdsmen that have laid siege in almost all the highways of Yoruba land.”

“Buhari rode on the promise to ensure national security – apart from fighting corruption and reviving the economy – to be elected president. But Nigeria’s security problem appears to be worsening, with the South-west recording a growing spate of violence, especially kidnapping.”

The Alaafin also stressed that the level of insecurity has risen beyond the capacity of security agencies in the country.

“Apart from the North-east ravaged by the Boko Haram, the violence in the North-west has risen beyond the police constabulary role. The oil-rich Niger Delta still remains volatile and the farmer-herdsmen conflict that mostly affects the North-central, especially during dry seasons, remains a challenge.

The Alaafin’s letter is coming days after Funke Olakunrin daughter of leader of Yoruba Socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Reuben Fasoranti was killed by unknown gunmen on the Akure-Ore road, Ondo state.

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