– Ooni of Ife and President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday met in Abuja
– The meeting which was held behind closed doors may be connected with the simmering ethnic tension in Oyo and Ondo
– Fulani herders have been alleged to be complicit in kidnapping and other sundry crimes in Ondo state, and Ibarapa, Oke-Ogun regions of Oyo
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Amid heated ethnic tension in Ondo and some parts in Oyo state, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, met with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors.
The prominent Yoruba monarch visited Aso Rock on Wednesday, January 26, as part of the peace move towards dousing the tension generated by the recent locals-Fulani herders’ confrontation.
Although there is no official release on the purpose of the traditional ruler’s visit as at press time, Bioreports, however, notes that it may be connected with the bedlam in Igangan community which saw the Seriki Fulani chased out by irate youths led by Sunday Igboho.
Ooni of Ife meets President Buhari in Abuja.
Fulani herders have been accused of being responsible for the rise in sundry crimes including kidnapping, maiming and killing of farmers in the southwest.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had issued a two-week quit notice to the herders to leave the Ondo state forests, arguing the criminals among the herders are using the reserves as hideouts for their heinous activities.
On Friday, January 22, some Yoruba youths led by a popular activist Sunday Igboho stormed Igangan town in Ibarapa region of Oyo state to chase the Fulani heders out of the community after the expiration of the quit notice earlier issued.
We can’t leave southwest – Miyetti Allah
Meanwhile, Alhaji Kirowa Ardo Zuru, president of Miyetti Allah in the southwest, has called for cooperation and harmony between the locals and the cattle rearers in the region.
Speaking during a meeting between the leaders of the group and the southwest governors which was held in Akure, Ondo state’s capital on Monday, January 25, Zuru said there is an age-long relationship between the southwest and the Fulani herders.
He noted that it is in the southwest that the herders are making huge profits out of their cattle-rearing business because Yoruba people enjoy partying and ceremonies.
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