Some Northern elders on Saturday condemned the invasion and burning of the home, livestock and cars of the Sarkin Fulani of Oyo State, Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir, by some youths led by Sunday Adeyemo otherwise known as Sunday Igboho, describing it as “provocative and senseless.”
They also urged the Oyo State Government to “activate measures to compensate all those affected by this mindless act, to assuage their pain”.
While charging both the state government and security agencies to ensure that perpetrators of the heinous act were arrested and prosecuted to serve as deterrence against future occurrences, they enjoined Northern youths to “remain calm and law-abiding, as reprisals would only worsen the situation.”
“Furthermore, we wish to make a passionate appeal to all the Fulani and Hausa youths in the North to once again disappoint these enemies of national unity by remaining peaceful and wait for government to act in a manner that will bring justice to those affected. We maintain that violence remains inimical to the progress of any society and her people, as it retards socio-economic development on all fronts”, the elders under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development, said in a statement by its National Coordinator, Zana Goni.
According to Goni, the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) guaranteed every citizen the right to live and conduct legitimate business in any part of the country.
The elders also commended Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on his stands on the incident, particularly the order to arrest Sunday Igboho.