The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, has assured Fulani communities in Oyo State of safety just as he berated the activities of the Amotekun Corps saying ‘they are doing the job God doesn’t like.’
The Alaafin stated this while receiving the leadership of the Fulani herdsmen in his palace on Sunday.
Reacting to the disturbing trend and the attack on a Fulani settlement in Ibarapa Central local government area of the state, Alaafin said “A lot of people in Yorubaland do not know that Fulani are different from one another: there are those into trading, and also those settlers that are into cattle rearing and also those that roam about from Niger, Burkina Faso; this set also troubles those Fulanis in our midst, they are a problem to all of us including the Fulanis.
“The word Fulani is like saying Yoruba, if an Ekiti man does something wrong, they will say Yoruba, if Lagos man does something, they will say Yoruba,” Alaafin said.
The royal father also criticised the mode of operations of Amotekun Corps saying “there is no way they can operate without the cooperation of other security agencies.
“Amotekun cannot work successfully without the DSS, Police, VGN and including that of Miyyeti Allah”.
‘Amotekun killing police’
The King also alleged that the Amotekun Corps have been killing police asking further, “when did you hear that VGN of Fulani kill police?
“The Fulanis amidst us can identify whoever is coming to do evil because we have them among us that can differentiate the Fulanis from Kano and other parts of the country.”
He added, “Let your mind be at peace. I will talk to the governor on your behalf, because he wants to know the truth.
“Amotekun that are going about with gun are doing the job not given to them, Amotekun are doing the job God doesn’t like.
“Because they are in uniform does not mean they can terrorise the community by collecting money from citizens, but I’ve not heard that the Fulani VGN or Miyyeti Allah living among us ever collected money from anybody.
“All of us are now family and I must not join them to do evil, they all know I have confidence to speak the truth.”
The delegation included leaders of Fulani herdsmen from Oyo State under the leadership of Sarkin Fulani of Oke-Ogun, Alhaji Yakubu Bello, and the state chairman of Miyyeti Allah, Alhaji Abubakar Jiji, among others.