The Oasis Reporters
January 29, 2018
A Yoruba king in Nigeria’s south west, the Alaafin of Oyo has sent sobering words of caution to a much younger Fulani Emir of Kano in Nigeria’s north west.
If there’s a South west king that northern leaders ought to respect, that king should be Alaafin Lamidi, who at inception of the then University of Sokoto in the seat of the Fulani caliphate, was made the fledgling University’s pro chancellor. The newly established university by then military head of state, General Olusegun Obasanjo was set up on a primary school grounds without take off funds. The Alaafin was expected to use his personal income and contacts in Nigeria and abroad to put the university on solid grounds in the late 70s, and he did.
With so much inflammatory statements everywhere, the elderly monarch talked words of wisdom into Emir Sanusi of Kano.
“It is not only laughable but indeed ridiculous that as many as eight hundred Fulani with an imaginary one million cows would have been killed in one single attack without any documentation or report. The level of mass communication in the country had gone beyond that Dark Age in sophistication and modernity.”
“Any responsible traditional ruler should not be seen in any religious or ethnic justification in the present situation. Rather, the institution of traditional rulers should use both individual and collective efforts to quell the crisis from further escalation. That is what is expected of royal paternity” .
“It is on this note that I am appealing to all traditional rulers in the country especially those who are relatively new on the exalted throne, to be cautious and indeed circumspect in their public utterances especially in the trying period of the country’s sovereignty and national unity.”
“The greatest challenge facing the country at the moment is the herdsmen otherwise known as Miyetti Allah Cattle breeders. The recent Benue State experience is too fresh to be forgotten so soon. While it is true that there had been co- habitation between the Fulani and indigenes in various communities in the country, this, however, is with the Fulani herdsmen not wearing political colouration.”