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Iwo monarch issues stern warning to Alaafin of Oyo over ‘war drum’

Iwo monarch issues stern warning to Alaafin of Oyo over ‘war drum’

Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Akanbi, has cautioned the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi over his threat of war in the face of insecurity in the South-West.

According to the Oluwo, the lesson he had learnt during the protracted Liberian war is still fresh in his memory.

The monarch gave the warning in a statement he issued on Sunday in reaction to the widely publicised letter the Alaafin of Oyo wrote and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari.

Dove Bulletin recalls that the Alaafin said that the Yoruba had all it takes to resort to self-help if the federal government does not guarantee the safety of lives and properties in the Southwest region.

But the Iwo monarch said he found himself in the thick of the Liberian war and fought on the side of Charles Taylor’s troop.

He acknowledged the concern which Adeyemi expressed in his letter to the president but added: “self-help or self-defence is not the solution to the insecurity, because no zone of the nation is exempted from the ongoing menace.

“War is easy to invite but difficult to chase away. During the war, there is no law, except the law of self-preservation which reduces social status to nothing as everybody would be struggling to remain alive.

“Parents would run for safety abandoning their children and property. Women and female children would be subjected to rape before their husbands and fathers with the fathers watching helplessly.

“I know what I passed through during Liberian War fighting on the side of Charles Taylor. That is more reason I would not subscribe to any call which encourages taking up the arm to settle the insecurity problem which the entire country is currently facing.

“I am not undermining the intention of the Alaafin but as a war veteran, I am in the best position to offer appropriate advice. If I keep quiet over it and something untoward happens tomorrow, I would be an irresponsible traditional ruler.

“I am repeating it that the cost of war is usually heavier than the cost of the settlement.”

The monarch insisted that Yoruba and Fulani had enjoyed a good relationship for over 100 years, charging President Buhari to be more proactive in his nation-building efforts. He affirmed that Nigeria is a blessed country which should not be allowed to go the way of the former Soviet Union.

He added that the federal government should enforce “compulsory free education to Fulani children to the secondary school level. This is a panacea to checkmate the elements hell-bent to tarnish their image among other tribes in the country. I am positive that this phase will pass, and Nigeria will remain indivisible.”
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