Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir, Seriki Fulani of Oyo State was reportedly set on fire by angry youths on Friday night.
Despite assurance by the police and the people of the state, his house was burnt in the presence of security agents.
Alhaji Saliu disclosed this to news agency in Ibadan that his entire household were driven out of the settlement, and that his Eleven Vehicles and his house were burnt down. He added that he was surprised that his house was burn in the presence of the security agents, after assuring him of safety.
He said, “As we speak, we are in the bush. Our cars, numbering about 11, have been burnt. Some of my children sustained injuries and we are looking for a way to get them to hospital. My children have left their houses for the bush. We need the government to help us. Police, Operation Burst and other security agencies were there when they set my house ablaze.”
Chairman of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association in the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Jiji, also confirmed the incident.
He stated that, “As we usually say, not all Fulani people are evil. Good people are among us. What can we call this now? The man is a gentleman and see how he was chased out of his house. We need the government to act now,” he stated.
Mr. Sunday Adeyemo, visited some Oyo communities to confirm compliance of Fulani people who were given seven day ultimatum to leave Ibarala and Igangan area of Oyo state on Thursday, Adeyemo is a promoter of Oodudua Republic.
Fulani herdsmen have largely been blamed for the growing cases of killing and kidnapping in southwestern Nigerian.
Adeyemo discloses his intention to visit the communities earlier on Friday by news agency,regardless the governors threats to arrest him.
Adeyemo was seen on a video shared online, as he was warmly welcomed by Igangan community as people gathered in reception to celebrate his arrival in songs and dancing.
Speaking to the people, Adeyemo said, “The Fulani have gone, we have sent them out of our land and they cannot come back again. Kidnappers cannot rule over us, they can’t take over our land from us. It belongs to us; they should stop threatening.
“Those who live with us peacefully; we are not fighting them but how will a visitor claim one’s house from him. If you live with us in peace, we have no problem with you but if you decide to kidnap and kill us, we don’t want you here. I assure Yoruba people, particularly those in Oyo State, that there is no danger.
“This one we have started here in Oyo State will not end here. We are going to other parts of the South-West. Tell Fulani herdsmen in Ekiti State, Ondo State and Osun States; in fact, in all South-West states that they should get ready for us because we are coming.”
Adeyemo also said that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari had not brought anything good to the people of the South-West except social vices. Therefore, he called on the president to take the Fulani out of Yorubaland.
“Buhari should come and evacuate his people from our land, we don’t want them again. They are just punishing the youths; they have turned us to nothing, why? The educated youth don’t have jobs, nothing, the gain now is to kill and kidnap us. We are still on the unemployment issue, we have accepted our fate, should we not be in peace and enjoy security again? It’s enough,” he said.
Adeyemo also claimed that when he visited Seriki Fulani of Oyo State, Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir to address the constant killings and kidnappings going on by suspected Fulani herdsmen in the state, few Fulani threatened to kill him with a gun, and axe and even shot at him.