A Yoruba socio-cultural group, Igbimo Apapo Yoruba Lagbaye, has expressed concern over the spate of kidnappings and killings by suspected bandits and gunmen that had invaded the South-western parts of the country.
It has thus called on the Federal, state governments, traditional and religious rulers and the security agencies to rise to the occasion and stop the wanton killings and kidnappings.
This concern was contained in a statement signed by the group’s global President, Oladotun Hassan and the global Secretary General, Adekanbi Siyanbade, a copy of which was made available to our correspondent.
The group is the umbrella body of Yoruba Council of Youths and Yoruba Council of Women Worldwide.
It recall that in recent times, these bandits had killed many bread winners along the highways in Ondo, Oyo and Osun states among others, and noted that it was time that the South-west took a step to stem the tide of criminals and crimes in the region.
The statement read in part, “The recent security challenges facing many parts of Yorubaland have been collated and analysed, with the majority agreeing to short, medium and long term possible solutions of varying dimensions.
“The quest for ensuring internal sanity and protection of all inhabitants of Yorubaland is not negotiable.
“Activities of some dreaded Fulani terrorists and bandits within Yorubaland are thereby condemned by all Yoruba people in its entirety.
“The body being aware of the need for a deliberate and cautious actions that will not violate the fundamental rights of any Nigerian capable of snowballing into an unmitigated civil ethnic unrest of any nature supports the efforts of leaders of thought in Yorubaland towards the attainment of the aforementioned objectives of attaining peaceful coexistence in Yorubaland.
“The current provoking nature of internal security infractions in Yorubaland, especially in Oyo and Ondo states calls for the urgent attention of all well meaning Nigerians.
“We then call on the Commander in Chief of the Nigeria Armed Forces, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Federal Government of Nigeria to rise up to the responsibility of providing security for the citizens and build a strong public confidence and trust in the Nigerian security apparatus.”
The Yoruba socio- cultural body called on all Yoruba Obas, High Chiefs, Elders, Government functionaries, great sons and daughters of Yoruba extraction to pray and rally maximum supports for the unity of the Yoruba race on combating the current security challenges.
The group added, “We as well caution all ethno-tribal leaders and warlords not to see the current Yoruba people’s agitations as a call for war or cowardice rather the need for self awareness and cleansing for peaceful coexistence, cohesiveness and in the Yorubaland in particular and the nation in general.
“We also appreciate and salute the governors of Oyo, Lagos, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo and Ogun states on their relentless sacrifices and monumental commitments towards the unity, peace, growth and development of the Western Nigeria Security Networks- code named: ‘Operation Amotekun.’
“The effort should be sustained and nutured to serve its purpose.”