Yoruba elder statesman and the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Gani Adams, has raised the alarm that with the rising cases of terrorism, Nigeria may disintegrate sooner than ever imagined.
Adams made the assertion on Thursday when he wrote to the United Nations (UN) and other relevant international organisations calling for urgent intervention in the country’s worsening insecurity, particularly in the South-West region.
Adams in a letter captioned “Avoiding a replica of the Bosnian War in Nigeria”, and addressed to Secretary General, of the United Nations, Mr António Guterres; European Embassies, African Union, United States State Departments, the International Association for Religious Freedom in United Kingdom, Council on Foreign Relations and other international organizations, warned that Nigeria is sitting on a time bomb.
He warned that the Yoruba were being pushed to the limit as the Fulani in the Northern region are now engaged in a war of attrition all over Nigeria.
According to the letter, he said, “As you, and hundreds of millions of people globally, are aware, things are no longer normal in Nigeria. Dangerous and despicable things are happening in the world’s most populous black nation.
“What happened in the defunct Yugoslavia that led to the balkanisation of that country is becoming like a child’s play in Nigeria. Pitiably, terrorists moving from Northern Nigeria to the South are being embraced, encouraged and empowered by powers that be in Nigeria.
“I am raising this alarm now because the effect of this dangerous trend may ultimately balkanise Nigeria and affect Sub-Sahara Africa. Similar alarm was raised in the defunct Yugoslavia and sadly, nobody put in check the pogromists, whose actions, led to the massacre in that geographical location.
“This lackadaisical attitude by those benefiting from this national malaise led to the Bosnian War which began in 1992 and lasted until 1995.It was an international armed conflict that took place in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 1992 and 1995.
“Ironically, Nigeria’s President is a Fulani. The Fulani have been fingered in abductions, kidnappings and killings in the North. Now, they are gradually moving down South and the danger is that people in the South are already determined to engage them. This might lead to a full scale war.
“In the last few weeks, these Fulani terrorists have expanded their evil network.
“Deborah Samuel, a 200-Level student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, was killed and her body burnt by some blood- thirsty fundamentals because, according to them, she was guilty of blasphemy. The killers are visible in a viral video seen by peace-loving people all over the world but the government only arraigned them for ‘disturbance to public peace’.
“Prelate of Methodist Church in Nigeria, Rev. Samuel Kanu-Uche, was kidnapped by, according to the highly respected man of God, Fulani boys and they collected N100 million cash arranged in five bags (about $166,000) before he was released. Security agents are stationed near the location of the abduction but they did not move against the terrorists.
“Anglican Bishop of Jebba Diocese in Kwara State, Rev Oluwaseun Aderogba, his wife and their driver were kidnapped and the abductors demanded millions of naira before their release.
“The Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) in Jos East, Plateau State and a Catholic priest, Rev. Father James Kantoma, was also abducted by Fulani terrorists.In a most wicked manner, Fulani terrorists wielding AK-47 assault rifles and explosives attacked the congregation at St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State, killing over 40 people. The Federal Government has traced the killing to ISWAP, although it has not told Nigerians and family members of victims how it intends to arrest the perpetrators.
“Another evil traced to religious fundamentalism was that of a prostitute, Hannah Saliu, who was killed and her corpse set ablaze at Alaba Rago, Lagos because she had the effrontery to keep the Holy Quran in her room.
“Those abducted in the Abuja-Kaduna train attack in March are still with the terrorists. Just a few of them have been released. It is unfortunate that the government is begging non-state actors to stop kidnapping Nigerians.
“It is generally believed that those in authority are helpless, complicit or both. Now, Nigeria is at the point of no return, showing all signs of a failed nation.
“Instead of tackling these atrocities by Fulani terrorists, government officials are busy planning and strategising for the 2023 general elections. Something urgent must be done to avoid a final collapse of the country.”
Adams, who said that the only language the Fulani understand is violence maintained that the Yorubas are not cowards and they are ready to pay the Fulani in their coin.
The letter further read, “The Yoruba are not cowards and will do everything legally possible to resist any attempt by Fulani terrorists to expand their territorial expansionist agenda to the South-West.
“It is clear the Federal Government has lost control of the situation because it can no longer keep its citizens safe, secure and protected.
“This inaction on the part of the government and aggressive killing agenda of the Fulani are already affecting Nigeria’s economy, which is the largest in Africa.
“The way Butchers of Bosnia were left to commit atrocities for years before the United Nations moved against them, butchers in Nigeria are already on the rampage and something urgent must be done to stop them.
“The repercussion of leaving them to continue to maim Nigerians, especially Yoruba, is better imagined.
“No part of Nigeria is safe again. The time for the United Nations to escalate this danger to a global concern is now.”