Afenifere socio-cultural organization has reacted to the recent outburst of its Northern counterpart, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) threatening war over rising tensions in the South-West region.
The ACF in a statement by its spokesperson, Emmanuel Yawe, had threatened war if attacks on herdsmen in Yoruba predominately area continues.
Herders, according to testimonials from kidnap victims, are arrowheads of insecurity in the geo-political zone and this has forced Ondo State governor to issue a 7-day ultimatum which the herdsmen are yet to comply with.
“While we have gone to a great length to sue for peace and have appealed to our pained people to be law-abiding even with the daily provocations of the Fulani and harassment of our people, we frown at the very arrogant and insulting ACF statement, especially their reference to the event of 1966,” Yinka Odumakin, spokesman of Afenifere said in a statement Saturday.
“We must make it clear to them that they cannot threaten us with a war at this stage as we will not provoke war but never are we going to run for anybody on our land.
“We are miffed that a body like ACF that has never shown any remorse over the killing of our people can open their mouths anyhow now because there are consequences for the irresponsible actions of their people.
“We advise them to call their criminals to order and not expect our people to sheepishly wait to be killed by those who value cow lives more than human beings.
“We do not want a repeat of 1966 event but if there are people plotting such event again, the rain will be over their heads,” the Afenifere scribe added.