Fulani cattle breeders have declared that their loyalty is to President Muhammadu Buhari and no one else. The herders resident in Igangan declared that only President Muhammadu Buhari can order them to leave Oyo State or any south western state in Nigeria.
However, a Yoruba freedom fighter, by the name Sunday Igboho, during an interview with the media listed the murder of an Oyo businessman and prominent farmer, Dr. Fatai Aborode, an Igangan prince, among others by Fulani herders in the state.
According to his words; “When I got there, they complained of the murders that occurred lately. They expressed their helplessness that the situation had become unbearable and they wanted the Fulanis out.”
“I asked about the head, they mentioned Seriki; that no one can confront him. I said how? They replied that Seriki is so powerful that when the police arrested his sons, he threatened a crisis within 72 hours. Of course the police released them,” he said.
“When I got there, the Seriki called a senior Police officer. I said no problem, he gave me the phone. Just then, one of my boys called my attention that a Fulani man had pointed a gun at me, I approached and dared him to shoot. We took the gun.
“Soon after, another person fired a shot. We rushed and grabbed the pump-action, which is a shotgun. Then I went to Seriki and told him ‘These are guns’. He apologized. At that point, I insisted those who killed Doctor Aborode and Alhaja must be fished out. His response was ‘I am scolding the boys who did the job’. I said really?
“The Fulanis around Seriki’s compound that day were more than 1,000. They were issuing threats. They said it was their land and asked if we didn’t know the President is one of them. They boasted only Buhari can order them out. I said oh, so Buhari told you to be kidnapping and killing us.
“I further stated if that is the case, you all should leave. If you cannot produce the killers of Dr. Aborode, Alhaja, Fatai, and many others, as well those who abducted and beheaded our people, the madman who murdered the person staring at him. If Seriki fails to come forward with the culprits by this Friday and do not leave Igangan, we will meet.”