Following The Recent Kidnap Of Chief Olu Falae, Afenifere Leader, By Herdsmen, A Northen Group Seeks Peace With The Yoruba
The Northern Alternative Forum weekend appealed to the Pan Yoruba Cultural Organisation, Afenifere, to see the Fulani within their domain as brothers and treat them as such.
The Chairman of the Forum and Sarkin Yamma Potiskum, Alhaji Gidado Ibrahim who made the appeal weekend, said this became necessary following the soured relationship between the Yoruba and Fulani that trailed the kidnapping of elder statesman, Chef Olu Falae
It will be recalled that the recent kidnap of Chief Olu Falae had recently caused soured relationships between nomadic Fulani cattle grazers and the pan Yoruba group,Afenifere.
Alhaji Gidado who condemned the kidnap of Chief Falae, noted that the Fulani remain brothers to the Yoruba people, adding that the kidnappers could not have acted on behalf of the Fulani race
The Chairman of the Forum, who himself is a Fulani Chieftain has promised to pay Chief Olu Falae a visit after studying the matter with the view to further cementing the existing good relationship between the Yoruba’s and the Fulani group.
“These may have been miscreants who were actually looking for what to survive on and therefore could not have been acting the script of the highly respected Fulani race” he said
He called on Nigerians to cooperate to work for the country by building on the unity, peace and progress that the current administration stands for.
According to him; “We should not allow the enemy of democracy to laugh and use any one to destroy the unity of Nigeria”
He also appealed to other ethnic groups such the Ohaneze Ndigbo, Niger Delta group and others to join hands towards rebuilding the country.
Alhaji Ibrahim while ruminating over the spate of kidnappings in the country cited an example of how a Fulani chieftain Alhaji Manu Soro, the Chairman of Soro Petroleum, was similarly kidnapped in Bauchi state.
Alhaji Gidado also expressed his confidence that the current government of President Muhammadu Buhari will tackle the incidence of kidnappings
“We are sure that the current government will do something about the current spate of kidnappings in the country.
“ As Nigeria attains the golden age of 55 years, we can see that the country has matured to the level where unity and love should be our binding cord and we as elders in Nigeria must emphasize those things that unite rather than divide us.”
Speaking further on how to cement relationship between the various ethnic groups in the country, he recounted how Nigeria’s elder statesmen of the past had worked hard to build a strong bond amongst Nigerians.
“ Our elder statesmen and fathers such as Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe had in the past joined hands with the late Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello to lay the foundation of this country”
He also appealed to former President Olusegun Obasanjo to galvanize the Yoruba leaders towards supporting the incumbent administration in settling the scores and misunderstanding that this issue may have brought.
– Tony Ailemen, Abuja