The Igbimo Odo Yoruba has dared the federal government to arrest ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo over the letter he wrote to President Buhari.
Recall that the Miyetti Allah group called for the arrest of former President Olusegun Obasanjo who sent an open letter to President Buhari yesterday, decrying the state of the Nation with particular reference to insecurity.
The former President in his open letter, said it is quite unfortunate that criminality has now been attached to the Fulani tribe because President Buhari is from the Fulani extraction.
”The unfortunate situation is that the criminality is being perceived as a ‘Fulani’ menace unleashed by Fulani elite in the different parts of the country for a number of reasons but even more, unfortunately, many Nigerians and non-Nigerians who are friends of Nigeria attach vicarious responsibility to you as a Fulani elite and the current captain of the Nigeria ship. Perception may be as potent as reality at times. Whatever may be the grievances of Fulanis, if any, they need to be put out in the open and their grievances, if legitimate, be addressed; and if other ethnic groups have grievances, let them also be brought out in the open and addressed through debate and dialogue”Obasanjo said in his letter
Reacting, the Miyetti Allah called for the arrest of Obasanjo, accusing him of working against the interest of Nigeria. Read here.
In a counter-reaction, the Igbimo Odo Yoruba through its Secretary General, Olufemi Lawson, stated that the federal government would be calling for a clash if Obasanjo is arrested. The group dared the Federal government to carry out the demand’s of the Miyetti Allah and be ready for the outcome.
Read the full text of the group’s statement below
FULL TEXT OF LETTER
The Igbimo Odo Yoruba’s attention has been drawn to a media statement by a faction of the dreaded Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, calling on the Federal Government to arrest former President Olusegun Obasanjo, over comments made by him in his open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday.
We strongly consider this ridiculous call by this faction of the notorious Miyetti Allah group as not only an insult but a joke taken too far by these characters, who have today become an organization of national security concern to the average Nigerian. We want to liken the latest call for the arrest of former President Obasanjo to the infamous 30 days ultimatum issued by one of its surrogate organizations known as the Coalition of Northern Group CNG, over issues around the establishment of cattle colonies by the Buhari administration.
We hereby dare the Federal government to arrest President Olusegun Obasanjo and see what will be the fallout of such action.
It is worrisome that people who ordinarily should be behind bars for the numerous crimes against humanity in Nigeria, that were the issues around which Chief Obasanjo letter focused on, are now audacious enough making media appearances and issuing further threats to the security and stability of our country.
We loudly say that for the federal government to make any attempt to arrest Chief Obasanjo or any of our leaders, who have risen to the occasion of calling on this administration to act, in the face of a likely national disintegration, being fuelled mainly by the atrocious activities of the members of Miiyetti Allah will not augur well, not only for the present government, but also every enablers of the atrocities being committed against Nigerians, particularly in the southwest.
Today, Nigerians are watching helplessly, as Fulani herdsmen masquerading as Miyetti Allah, keep tormenting innocent citizens while carrying out lots of atrocities against non-Fulani communities with the federal government not raising an eyebrow.
We repeat that if Buhari’s government continues to keep quiet as these marauders keep insulting our sensibilities without immediately putting an end to their criminalities across the country, we shall no longer take it kindly with the government and those assaulting our people.
If this administration wants to make any arrests, they should start from these criminals and terrorists who have made lives miserable for us and are pushing our country completely to the brink.
Whoever thinks of arresting President Obasanjo or any of our leaders should immediately bury such thought because it will backfire seriously on them.
We also want to call on government and security agencies to immediately call these factions of Miyetti Allah to order against making disparaging statements that are uncalled for. There is nothing unusual about citizens particularly elder statesman like Chief Obasanjo, speaking against politics of the incumbent provided they are based on facts.
We urge Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to remain consistent and feel free to call the incumbent administration to order when need be.
We have spoken!