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Iwo monarch issues stern warning to Alaafin of Oyo over ‘war drum’

Iwo’s Oluwo, Oba Abdul-Rasheed Akanbi, warned Oyo Alaafin, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi about his threat of war in the face of insecurity in the southwest.

According to the Oluwo, the lesson he had learned during the prolonged war in Liberia is still fresh in his memory.

The monarch gave the warning in a statement he issued on Sunday in reaction to the widely publicized letter that Alayo de Oyo wrote and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari.

GISTOK recalls that Alaafin said that the Yoruba had everything they needed to resort to self-help if the federal government does not guarantee the safety of lives and property in the southwest region.

But Monarch Iwo said he found himself in the middle of the Liberian war and fought on the side of Charles Taylor’s troop.

He acknowledged the concern that Adeyemi expressed in his letter to the president, but added: “Self-help or self-defense is not the solution to insecurity, because no area of ​​the nation is exempt from the ongoing threat.

“War is easy to invite but challenging to scare away. During the war, there is no law, except the act of self-preservation, which reduces social status to nothing, since everyone would fight to stay alive.

“Parents would run for safety abandoning their children and property. Women and girls would be raped before their husbands and parents with parents looking helpless.

“I know what I went through during the war in Liberia fighting on the side of Charles Taylor. That is one more reason why I would not subscribe to any call that encourages taking the arm to solve the problem of insecurity that the entire country is currently facing.

“I am not undermining Alaafin’s intention, but as a war veteran, I am in the best position to offer the right advice. If I shut up and something unfortunate happens tomorrow, I would be an irresponsible traditional ruler.

“I repeat that the cost of war is usually higher than the cost of liquidation.”

The monarch insisted that Yoruba and Fulani had enjoyed a good relationship for more than 100 years, accusing President Buhari of being more proactive in his efforts to build the nation. He said that Nigeria is a blessed country that should not be allowed to follow the path of the former Soviet Union.

He added that the federal government should enforce “free compulsory education for Fulani children up to the secondary level. This is a panacea to put in check the elements determined to stain their image among other tribes of the country. I am sure that this phase will happen and that Nigeria will remain indivisible. ”