Yoruba leaders, under the auspices of Yoruba Summit, Thursday, called on the federal government to declare the killer herdsmen and militias as terrorists.
They also rejected the proposed cattle colony by the Federal Government, describing the proposal as a “violation of the sensibilities of different nationalities whose lands would be partitioned for Fulani herdsmen.”
The leaders met in an extra-ordinary session in Lagos against the background of the incessant criminal activities of Fulani herdsmen across Yorubaland in recent days.
The meeting, presided over by Chief Ayo Adebanjo, had in attendance, former governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko; Prof Banji Akintoye, Dr Amos Akingba, Secretary of the Yoruba Council of Elders, Dr Kunle Olajide; Senator Femi Okurounmu, former Nigerian ambassador to The Netherlands, Dr Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosumu; former deputy governor of Lagos State, Senator Kofo Bucknor-Akerele; Mr Goke Omisore, Chief Supo Shonibare, Dr Femi Adegoke, Hon Oladipo Olaitan, Otunba Deji Osibogun, Mrs Tokunbo Ekukinam, and Mr Bolaji Ogunseye, among others.
In a communiqué issued at the end of its meeting and signed by Mr. Yinka Odumakin, the Yoruba Summit condemned the assaults and called on the Federal Government “to be alive to its responsibility by enforcing the laws against these criminal activities and perpetrators of such in order to regain the confidence of the people.”