By Ayo Kehinde
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi,has confirmed reports about the high state insecurity in the South West following the killing of Mrs. Funke Olakunri, daughter of Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, by an suspected herdsmen on Ore road in Ondo State.
Speaking with State House Correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Buhari in Aso Villa on Thursday, the Ooni said the region has been taken over by strange elements who are terrorising the people with abandon.
“We that live in the remote and rural areas of the South- western part of the country, most of the bushes are occupied by strange people and we decided to work with the government to fish them out.”
The monarch expressed worry that the drum of war was sounding loud across the country and expressed concern that stakeholders have to join in an effort to restore peace in the land.
He said “How to improve security? I came to speak on behalf of other traditional rulers. The issue at hand in the South-west is real. The issue of insecurity, we that live in the remote and rural areas of the south Western part of the country, most of the bushes are occupied by strange people and we decided to work with the government to fish them out.
“Everybody is beating the drum of war, we don’t want war, who can stand war, we want something better for our youths.
“We should better use them for something good other than shouting war and anarchy. We don’t want that.
“We told the President that, and said he is on the same page with us. Politicians should be careful not to throw things out of proportion.
“We should make sure things are right and the President has given good directives to security chiefs including the IG to visit all traditional institutions in the south-west”, he said.
The Ooni stressed that everything must be done to put all security agencies to good use and work with the locals to separate the bad eggs.
According to him, “We shouldn’t keep over-hyping war and we still want to keep the peace in the South- west. We don’t want anarchy.”
“What is important is for the youths not to take laws into their hands, killing and causing violence. The drums of war are resonating loud and we are very worried.
“We need more federal apparatus to defend ourselves, reinforcement from federal government.
“We understand more than anybody. We don’t want war and we want to work with Government to bring peace
“We are not saying all Fulanis are bad, it’s about the bad guys working under the name of Fulanis,” he said.