The North, represented by a sociocultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), has warned that civil war is imminent, with the attack on Fulani people, largely from the North, by Yoruba group led by one Sunday Igboho in Oyo state yesterday, January 22.
In a statement today, January 23, the ACF condemned the attack on Fulani in the southwest, warning that the country may go up in flames unless something is done urgently.
The national publicity secretary of the ACF, Emmanuel Yawe, in a statement entitled: “STOP THE DRIFT IN THE SOUTHWEST” accused the security agents of complicity in the attacks which saw the house and cars of the Sarki Fulani in Oyo State being burnt and members of his household chased away.
The statement reads: “This morning, we received reports of an attack by Yoruba Youths on Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir, the Serki Fulani in Oyo State.
“In the reports, he was attacked and driven out of his house, eleven cars and his house burnt with his family members now living in the bush.
“There are allegations that one Sunday Igboho an agitator for the Oodua Republic and who issued an ultimatum giving Fulani people seven days to leave Yorubaland is the instigator of the attack.
“The most disturbing aspect of the attack is the allegation that the security agents who were earlier warned about its imminence stood by helplessly as the attack was carried out.“
The ACF is worried about this trend and calls on the Federal and State Governments in the South West to move quickly to avert a social upheaval that may destabilize the whole country.
“We recall that the civil war in the 60’s started with attacks and counter-attacks like this.”
“The governments must be proactive and stop history from repeating itself. Those who carried out these attacks must be apprehended and the due process of the law allowed to take its course.”
“If this is not done there maybe counter attacks in the north and the country will be up in flames. The authorities must act. The ACF is very worried and calls on them to act fast.”