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The Monarch of Ibadan land, Oba Saliu Adetunji has urged the Fulani and Yoruba residents of Ibarapa area of Oyo State and Nigerians in various communities as a whole to live in harmony and support the unity and development of the country.
The Olubadan said this on Saturday during the Royal Festival of Praise organised by the Holy Ghost Royal House of Restoration Church in Ibadan.
Adetunji, represented by Mogaji Okiti-Aresa, Chief Adeshina Olatunji at the event said blaming an ethnic group for insecurity should be discouraged because of its capacity to lead to disunity in the country.
He urged Nigerians to refrain from taking powers into their hands and instead join hands with the security agencies in the fight against insecurity.
The monarch also called on the religious and traditional leaders in the country to aid government’s efforts in promoting peace in their respective communities and Nigeria as a whole.
“As leaders, it does not mean we are above God, traditional rulers, religious leaders should know that they are not God and we must lead our people in a Godly manner,” Oba Adetunji said.
The traditional ruler said that Nigeria needs prayer now more than ever before for peace, growth and development of the country.
Tension has been brewing in Oyo State after a youth leader in the state, Sunday Adeyemo better known as Sunday Igboho issued a quit notice to herdsmen in the Igangan, Ibarapa north local government area of the state.
He had blamed herders and Fulanis, including Saliu Kadri, the Seriki Fulani, of being behind the rising insecurity in the area.
The quit notice had generated tension in parts of the state, prompting Seyi Makinde, the governor, to ask the IGP to arrest those fomenting trouble under the guise of protecting the interest of Yoruba people.
“For people stoking ethnic tension, they are criminals and once you get them, they should be arrested and treated like common criminals,” the governor had told the police commissioner.
Also, Mohammed Adamu, inspector-general of police (IGP) on Saturday ordered the arrest of Sunday Igboho over the quit notice he issued to the herdsmen.
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