South-West Security: If Care Is Not Taken, There Will Soon Be Famine In Yoruba Land – Gani Adams

 

The Aare Ona Kankanfo of Yoruba land and the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, has raised concerns that if things are not handled properly, soon, there will be famine on Yorubaland.

Mr Gani said this on Wednesday in an exclusive interview with Channels Television, while reacting to the security situation in the south-west.

He blamed the situation on those he described as criminal Fulani herdsmen, saying the majority of the lands belonging to the Yoruba’s have now been seriously invaded.

“It is a serious invasion and we have been seriously infiltrated and we have traced the hand of conquest from some Fulani herdsmen because we have some Fulanis that have been living with us peacefully for the past 100 years (about two or three generations of Fulanis living with us peacefully) but for the past seven years, we have now noticed strange things from the Fulani tribe. They have discouraged the Yoruba people from farming and if care is not taken, within one year there will be a famine in Yorubaland,” the Yoruba leader said.

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He also noted that he had foreseen some of the security challenges, nearly three years ago and subsequently, he alerted the leaders of the south-west states to be alert.

According to him, it was the warning that later on informed the birthing of the southwest security outfit now known as Amotekun.

“After about one year three months, the southwest governors organised a security summit, which gave birth to Amotekun. The structure started operating about two months ago,” the Yoruba leader said.

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His comments come days after tensions escalated in the Ibarapa axis of Oyo State where an indigene Sunday Igboho had given Fulanis in the area an ultimatum to leave following allegations of criminality.

Videos shared on social media showed Igboho holding a well-attended rally where he swore to drive out Fulani herdsmen from the entire Yorubaland for causing insecurity and banditry.

However, in reaction, Makinde said his government and security agencies need not wage war against any particular ethnic group but against criminal elements, irrespective of their tribes, religions, or creed.

The governor added that his administration would not allow anyone to threaten the peace of the state by acting unlawfully and saying things that are alien to the Nigerian Constitution, noting that acts that can cause chaos in the state will not be accepted.

His Ondo State counterpart, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had also earlier issued a quit notice to the criminal herdsmen who he noted had infiltrated the forest reserves.

South-West Security: A Lot Of Ugly Things Are Happening And All Hands Must Be On Deck, Says Gani Adams

 

The Aare Ona Kankanfo of Yoruba land and the National Coordinator of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, has reacted to the ongoing security challenges in the south-west region of the country, saying that a lot of ugly things are happening.

In an exclusive interview with Channel Television, Mr Gani noted that he had foreseen some of the security challenges, nearly three years ago and subsequently, he alerted the leaders of the southwest states to be alert.

According to him, it was the warning that later on informed the birthing of the southwest security outfit now known as Amotekun.

“After about one year three months, the southwest governors organised a security summit, which gave birth to Amotekun. The structure started operating about two months ago,” the Yoruba leader said.

He also blamed the insecurity witnessed in the region on those he described as criminal Fulani herdsmen, saying the majority of the lands belonging to the Yoruba’s have now been seriously invaded.


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“If you know what is happening in Akoko South West, its not funny at all. Most of the criminal Fulani herdsmen have occupied it,” Mr Gani said.

“So, I think all hands must be on deck to make sure this ugly incident is taken care of.

“It is a serious invasion and we have been seriously infiltrated and we have traced the hand of conquest from some Fulani herdsmen because we have some Fulanis that have been living with us peacefully for the past 100 years (about two or three generations of Fulanis living with us peacefully) but for the past seven years, we have now noticed strange things from the Fulani tribe. They have discouraged the Yoruba people from farming and if care is not taken, within one year there will be a famine in Yorubaland”.

Quit Notices

His comments come days after tensions escalated in the Ibarapa axis of Oyo State where an indigene Sunday Igboho had given Fulanis in the area an ultimatum to leave following allegations of criminality.

Videos shared on social media showed Igboho holding a well-attended rally where he swore to drive out Fulani herdsmen from the entire Yorubaland for causing insecurity and banditry.

However, in reaction, Makinde said his government and security agencies need not wage war against any particular ethnic group but against criminal elements, irrespective of their tribes, religions, or creed.

The governor added that his administration would not allow anyone to threaten the peace of the state by acting unlawfully and saying things that are alien to the Nigerian Constitution, noting that acts that can cause chaos in the state will not be accepted.

His Ondo State counterpart, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu had also earlier issued a quit notice to the criminal herdsmen who he noted had infiltrated the forest reserves.

I Have No Quarrel With Gani Adams – Obasanjo

A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo
A file photo of former President Olusegun Obasanjo

 

Former President Olusegun Obasegun has denied having any rift with the leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams.

Obasanjo, in a statement issued on Wednesday by his spokesman, Kehinde Akinyemi said he rejected Gani’s request to visit him.

According to the ex-President, his decision not to allow Gani’s visit was because of what he described as the past way of life of the OPC leader.

“I have no quarrel with Gani Adams, but for his past way of life which was not in accord with my standards and principles. I have in the past, both in government and out of government, refused to grant Gani’s request to visit me,” Obasanjo was quoted as saying.

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“If at all anybody feels I have a quarrel with him or her that needs reconciliation, such reconciliation will, no doubt, take place in my residence in Abeokuta only.”

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A former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo says his attention has been drawn to some publication reporting an acclaimed reconciliation between him and Oodua Peoples Congress leader, Gani Adams at the residence of Chief Ayo Adebanjo in Lagos tod­ay.

The former president through a press statement by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi says that the former president paid a personal visit to Chief Ayo Adebanjo at his residence in Lekki Phase 1 on December 2, 2020 and he met Gani Adams there. 

“I have no quarrel with Gani Adams, but for his past way of life which was not in accord with my standards and principles.  I have in the past, both in government and out of government, refused to grant Gani’s request to visit me” he said

“If at all anybody feels I have a quarrel with him or her that needs reconciliation, such reconciliation will, no doubt, take place in my residence in Abeokuta only” he concluded

KehindeAkinyemi­

Special Assistant on ­Media

December 2, 2020­

I Did Not Ask Gani Adams To Vacate OPC’s Leadership Position, Ooni Says

Gani-Adams---OPC-LeaderThe Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Ooni Adeyeye Ogunwusi Ojaja II, has refuted a newspaper report in which he was quoted to have ordered Mr Gani Adams to vacate his position as the National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC).

Ooni Ogunwusi dismissed the reports in a statement released by his spokesman, Mr Moses Olafare, who described Gani Adams as an unapologetic loyalist of the Ooni.

He said that the veteran Yoruba Self-determined Adams had invested so much of resources into the socio-cultural emancipation of Oodua race and could only be treated with a deserved reciprocation of love and respect, as a patriotic Ooduan who had never hesitated to demonstrate love and respect to the sacred throne of Oduduwa.

“Baba Ooni never at anytime claimed to have ordered Otunba Gani Adams to resign as the Leader of the OPC. He sees him as an unapologetic loyalist and son who has always treated him as his father with love and absolute respect.

“We have always welcomed him as a member of the inner chamber of the Ooni’s Palace,” Olafare said.

On the request by a factional group of OPC members on a visit to the Ooni at Ile-Ife recently begging him to intervene in the OPC matters, the Yoruba foremost king admonished all the factions within the Pan-Yoruba group to close ranks and work together as one big family in the interest of unity and peace in Yorubaland.

“Baba said to them to close ranks in the interest of peace and unity of Yorubaland. He assured them of his fatherly support at all time as long as the unity of Yorubaland is not in jeopardy. Kabiyesi, who is slated to tour Europe in May on the invitation of sons and daughters of Oodua, is committed to the emancipation of the race.

“His unwavering and unflinching determination to unite all forces in Yoruba Kingdom both home and in the diaspora is the driving force behind all these,” Olafare added,

The statement also revealed the preparations were on in the palace ahead of a visit of members of the OPC and Oodua Progressive Union as well as the members of Olokun Festival Foundation to Ile-Ife.

The visit is part of the annual Oodua Festival slated for January 25 and 26 in Ile-Ife.

Government Must Do More To Sustain Osun Osogbo Festival – Gani Adams

Gani-Adams---OPC-LeaderThe national coordinator of the Odua People’s Congress (OPC), Mr Gani Adams, has asked the Nigerian government to do more to adequately harness the revenue generation potential of the Osun Osogbo Festival.

Mr made the demand while hosting members of the Oodua People’s Congress at the Laro-Timehin Middle School in Osogbo, Osun State in southwest Nigeria to mark this year’s festival.

The OPC leader, who pointed out that culture was unique and rich wondered why the Osun Festival held on Friday recorded low turnout compared to the previous years.

He also admonished the Yoruba race to make conscious effort in discovering their true sense of value.

Worshippers Growing Lean

Mr Adams said: “I am just coming out from the groove, it is so disappointing that in the last six years, there is no significant development in the groove. How can this attract tourists?

“The government and the people of Osun need to do better to ensure the sustainability of this festival.

“I am surprised that the turnout of worshippers is growing lean every year and in particular the tourists especially the whites are not many here today.

“I believe that we are not getting it right as regards promoting our culture and this is responsible for the low turnout.

“The Yoruba race is also taking culture for granted, take a cue from northerners, they still celebrate Argungu Fishing festival and Durban Festival in spite of their religious beliefs the people troop out in Large number to be part of the celebration.

“We have allowed modernisation to almost erode our culture. We need to rediscover our true sense of value. I commend and acknowledge the efforts of the OPC ‎in promoting culture with the Olokun Festival and other festivals they do,” he stated.

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The Votary Maid at the Osun Osogbo Festival

On the poor turnout, he further expressed his displeasure with the way the festival was organised, stressing that the organisers should have provided something to eat or drink to persons present.

“I am not pleased in any way with the organisers of this event for their way of not arranging anything to eat. We don’t celebrate Christmas without eating anything and Ileya too.

“How can we call this a festival when you don’t give the people just a sachet of water?” he questioned.

He also urged the Federal Government to collaborate with the State Government and the people of Osun in creating a platform where the festival would be showcased for the world to embrace.

“Osun is a goddess that has been strong and honourable for ages. Well organised festivals like Osun Osogbo Festival multiply the economy of any country.

“If this festival is properly packaged it can be used to generate wealth for not just Osun State but Nigeria, considering what it will cost all the tourists who are here from all over the country and outside, with their hotel accommodation alone, Osun State economy will receive a boost this past few days.

“Nothing stops major television stations in the country from covering this event live, just as they cover Durban festival in the North,” the OPC leader added.

Lagos Elections: Lai Mohammed Accuses Jonathan Of Plot To Rig

Lagos ElectionsOn the eve of elections, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has made very strong allegations of rigging against the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The Spokesperson of the APC, Lai Mohammed, alleged that the reason why the President was in Lagos on Thursday was to put finishing touches to the rigging plot.

“The plan is to use thugs and militants who have also been imported into the state to intimidate voters, snatch ballot boxes and provide cover for the PDP to announce false results.

“Fake ballot papers as well as result sheets are already being issued to the PDP.

“As we said in our press statement earlier today, the President flew into Lagos on Thursday expressly to oversee the PDP’s rigging plans. He met with his point men; Musiliu Obanikoro, Jimi Agbaje and Gani Adams, apparently to hand over the war chest to them,” Mohammed said.

Lai Mohammed Is Wrong – Abati

However, the Presidency has swiftly condemned the claims by Mr Lai Mohammed.

The Presidency described as false
hood and rude, the statement by the APC Spokesman, Mr Lai Mohammed that the President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan was in Lagos on Thursday to rig the governorship and state assembly elections.

Presidential spokesman, Reuben Abati said that there was nothing unusual with the visit on Thursday than the usual homage to the leader of the PDP.

He said the President did not meet with INEC officials, the Police or polling officials or anyone involved in organising the elections.Abati

“So to say the President went to Lagos to supervise rigging of the election is most uncharitable and cruel,” he said.

He added that President Jonathan is “a man of honour who has left a worthy legacy that should not be dented by Lai Mohammed” and that at this point in time “the President should be left alone”.

The Presidency advised that the All Progressives Congress (APC) should look for another target and not the President.

 

OPC Calls For Jega’s Sack

OPCThe Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) on Monday stormed the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, demanding the sack of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Attahiru Jega, before the general elections.

Guns, cutlasses, pocket knifes, among other weapons, were seen on the OPC members who also destroyed some campaign posters of the All Progressives Congress candidates.

The protesters blocked the major highways causing a heavy traffic snarl while harassing pedestrians and motorists.

The protesters took time to distribute leaflets containing seven reasons why the INEC boss should be sacked.

The Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra had also on Friday protested in Abia and some other south-eastern states calling for the immediate removal of Professor Jega.