We’re not in support of Amotekun, its sectional – Seriki Fulani


. Says S/W govs should include Fulani vigilantes

Sarkin Fulani of Oyo state, Alhaji Salihu Kadiri, has said  that the Fulani across the South west states are not in support of  the composition of the  South west region joint security outfit, Operation  Amotekun  .

Alhaji Kadiri who stated this during a chat with journalist  Sunday at the inauguration of the newly elected Oyo state NUJ Exco/ End of the year party for NUJ members in the state held at the Jogor Centre, in Ibadan said going by the present composition of the regional security outfit, it “is more sectional and purposely  against  Fulani herders”.

Alhaji Kadiri stated  that with its guidelines and mode of operations , it is obvious that Amotekun security outfit ” is one sided and  needs to be put in place properly  for effective operation. 

The Seriki Fulani of Oyo state stated  that there is the need for the South west governors to  ensure the  inclusion of  Fulanis and other ethnic militia in the region among those to be recruited for Amotekun .

He stated  that if truly Operation Amotekun is for the security of people in the South west ,the composition must be for all and not for only the Yorubas militia groups like the OPC, Agbekoya, and others alone.

“For now, we, the Fulanis in the South west are not in support of Operation Amotekun. With its present composition, Amotekun look more sectional, it looks as if it meant to fight the Fulani herders who the farmers are accusing of using their cows to destroy their farms. That is the truth,” he said.

The Seriki Fulani pointed out that there are Fulani  vigilante groups in and across the South west states that have all what it takes to be among the groups that can be co opted  into the joint South west security outfit .

Accusing the South West governors of being too hasty with the establishment of Operation Amotekun, he said if Fulani vigilante group members are recruited into Amotekun, they will be in the best position to monitor the herders and their activities as well as assist in curbing crimes in their various jurisdictions and localities.

“We have Fulani vigilante groups across all the South west states, let them be included and be part of the Amotekun security outfit, it is not that only the OPC , Agbekoya people that should be in Amotekun. Some of us were born here in Yorubaland, nothing stops the governors from recruiting the Fulanis and even those from other tribes into Amotekun if it is not for sectional purpose.”

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