From Noah Ebije, Kaduna
The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has warned that the ongoing crisis between the people of the South West region and the Fulani herdsmen is capable of causing another civil war in the country if not halted immediately.
ACF therefore called on the federal government and South West governors to stop the current drift in the region against the Fulanis in order to avert social upheaval in the country.
This was contained in a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the forum, Emmanuel Yawe and made available to Journalists on Saturday.
According to ACF, government must be proactive and stop history from repeating itself.
”This morning we received reports of an attack by Yoruba Youths on Alhaji Saliu Abdulkadir, the Serki Fulani in Oyo State.
“In the reports, he was attacked and driven out of his house, eleven cars and his house burnt with his family members now living in the bush.
“We recall that the civil war in the 60’s started with attacks and counter attacks like this.
“Those who carried out these attacks must be apprehended and the due process of the law allowed to take its course.
”If this is not done there maybe counter attacks in the north and the country will be up in flames. The authorities must act. The ACF is very worried and calls on them to act fast
”There are allegations that one Sunday Igboho an agitator for Oodua Republic and who issued an ultimatum giving Fulani people seven days to leave Yorubaland is the instigator of the attack.
”The most disturbing aspect of the attack is the allegation that the security agents who were earlier warned about it’s imminence stood by helplessly as the attack was carried out.
”The ACF is worried about this trend and calls on the Federal and State Governments in the South West to move quickly to avert a social upheaval that may destabilize the whole country.
”We recall that the civil war in the 60’s started with attacks and counter attacks like this.
”The governments must be proactive and stop history from repeating itself”.