Defend yourself against terrorists, says Afenifere
Backs Navy Commodore Olawunmi
By Olusegun Alo
Nigerians have been asked to defend themselves against terrorist and bandits operating in the country.
At the end of its meeting held at the Ijebu-Igbo home of Afenifere Acting leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the Pan Yoruba group said the wave of violence has gone beyond what the government alone can control.
‘In the meantime, every community must be at alert to realize that they must defend themselves from bandits who seem to have declared war on Nigeria,” Afenifere said in the communiqué signed by spokesperson and National Publicity Secretary, Jare Ajayi.
“Afenifere observes that terrorism and related vices, including kidnapping are now so worrisome that in some cases, our people in places like Yewa, Ogun State and Oke Ogun in Oyo State, among others are forced to relocate to Benin Republic and other West African countries. Urgent actions must be taken to guarantee the security of these people and to put a stop to what is causing them agonies,” the group said
It expressed deep concern about terrorists invasion of Yoruba states like Kogi, Kwara, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ekiti, Ondo and Itsekiri part of Delta State calling for the protection of the people in the areas.
“It is a known fact that Afenifere strongly stands by the Southern Governors in their resolution on anti-grazing laws. We commend the steps taken by governors of the South-West on the establishment of security networks like Amotekun.”
Afenifere also reinterated its position on restructuring. On the invitation extended to Navy Commodore Kunle Olawunmi who said sponsors of terrorism were in the government, Afenifere expressed support for Olawunmi who was recently invited to Abuja by the Army intelligence. “It is left for Buhari to deny what Olawunmi said. He said he was in the inner part of Military Intelligence and that he has worked with all heads of state. It is for Buhari to say that he had never worked with us.”