The pan-Yoruba socio-political organization, Afenifere, yesterday, raised concerns over the rising deployment of youths from the North to Yoruba land under the guise of riding motorcycles and illegal mining.
This also came as the group condemned the statement credited to MIYETI ALLAH that they would not obey Anti-opening Grazing Law in South.
Besides, Afenifere condemned the alleged occupation of Oro-Ago Forest located in Ifelodun Local Government Area of Kwara which is close to Kogi State.
These were the parts of resolutions of Afenifere after its meeting at the house of its acting Leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, in Ogbo-Ijebu, Odogbolu Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The meeting had in attendance Pa Adebanjo, the Deputy Leader, Oba Oladipo Olaitan; the Secretary General, Chief Sola Ebiseni; Chief Supo Sonibare, Abagun Kole Omololu, Honourable Leke Mabinuori, Senator Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, Dr Gbola Adetunji, Dr Alonge, Honourable Babatunde Tijani, Dr. Amos Akingba, Comrade Jare Ajayi, Prof Akin Onigbinde and Hon Dauda Adam, and others.
In a communique read by the National Secretary of the group, Chief Sola Ebiseni, Afenifere lamented the increasing Spate of kidnapping in all the Yoruba -speaking states under the guise of commercial motorcycles business and mining.
The communique read in parts: “There is an increasing state of kidnapping in all Yoruba states which are associated with the Fulani herdsmen. This has led to the relocation of some of our people particularly in Yewa in Ogun State and Ibarapa area of Oyo State, South West of Nigeria.
“We note the illegal deployment of youth from northern parts of the country into Yoruba land under the guise of okada riders and in some cases illegal miners”.
Afenifere also lauded governors for their resolution against open grazing, calling on them to intensify efforts in deployment of Amotekun operatives, hunters and vigiantees.
It stated further:”We commend our governors for their resolutions against open grazing anywhere in Yorubaland particularly and Southern states in general.
“We enjoin our governors to further intensify security efforts particularly in deployment of the Amotekun security outfit and other vigiantees and hunters .
“We read it in the press that the head of MIYETI ALLAH that said they will not recognise the law passed by our states and that our governors will never be able to enforce those laws. Afenifere says we will join the governors to ensure that the laws are enforced . If they have the capacity to tell us that the laws passed by our own parliaments in our own various states will not be enforced, we will say Yoruba people will support the governors to ensure the laws are enforced and we assure them that the Yoruba people will suport the governors to enforce the laws.
“Finally , we note that in Oro Ago in Kwara State and the large expanse of land between Kwara and Kogi States that in Yorubaland is being occupied Fulani herders.The Yoruba people condemn it and we call on the governors of both Kwara and Kogi States to protect the Yoruba who are the indigineous owners of the land”.