Sir: Legit.ng relates to me that, “The call for self-defence to Katsina residents by Governor Bello Masari has been backed by some northern socio-cultural groups, one of which is the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF). The organisation said Masari is right to urge his people to take up arms against bandits and kidnappers, adding that not all weapons are illegal for citizens, especially those which come with police permits. ACF’s national publicity secretary, Emmanuel Yawe, who spoke with The Punch on Wednesday, August 18, argued that local hunters are among those who are allowed to carry guns.
Speaking further, Yawe explained that many instances have proven that terrorists in the north dread these hunters even more than regular security agencies like police and the military.” If this is not a justification of Chief Adeniyi Adeyẹmọ (Igboho Oóṣà), what is? Katsina is the home state of Nigeria’s President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari. As such, all those blaming Igboho Oóṣà, for coming to the rescue of the people of Ibarapaland, Oyo State, Nigeria, should say Astagafurullahi (mea culpa, mea culpa, mea grandissima culpa). Even if you said that it was wrong for Igboho Oóṣà to ask the criminal Fulani herdsmen to vacate Yorubaland, two (northern) Emirs have said the same thing to the terrorist herdsmen in their own domains – they gave them quit notice, for endangering, raping and killing their peoples.
Prof Ọlọjẹẹde Oyeniran Abiọjẹ, PhD, is of the University of Ilorin.