Following the widespread of killings, kidnapping, and banditry activities in the country, the Coalition for Revolution has condemned the actions of the government in its continuous incapacity to safeguard the lives and property of citizens.
CORE in a statement on Sunday by Baba Aye and Gbenga Komolafe, Co-conveners of the movement, adds that the ongoing labeling of the perpetrators of these crimes as Fulani herdsmen has opportunistically been used to present the problem, which has deeper roots and dynamics, as one of ethnic differences.
“But simply defining a people, be these Fulani or another nationality, by the infractions of some of them, is counterproductive. It also does not explain why there has been such increase in criminality as part of the broader state of insecurity.
“Fulani have been chased away from Ibarapa and issued an ultimatum to leave the south-western states. These actions have received support from a cross-section of people in the region. Many have lost loved ones or heard tales of people who have suffered in the hands of bandits or kidnappers.
“Some have had their farmlands overrun by cattle herded by Fulani. We must not belittle the loss of people who have been thus affected. But we must put things in perspective towards achieving a revolutionary-democratic solution of this pervasive problem.”
The movement affirms that the increasing spate of poverty, lack of social protection, and disillusionment by the ruling class were solely responsible for perpetrators of these crimes who cannot be relegated to one ethnic group.
“Criminals are not limited to any one ethnic group. For example, Evans who is one of the most notable kidnappers before he was arrested is not Fulani. Government is responsible for providing security with billions of naira allocated for this purpose every year.
“Before the attacks on Fulani in Ibarapa, Yoruba and Fulani had carried out joint patrols to stamp out kidnapping and associated crimes. And it was clear that Fulani people as well had been kidnapped. It is also noteworthy, that there are probably as many or more Yoruba in the north as there are Fulani in the south-west.”
CORE seeks to point out that the continuous retaliatory killings by ethnic warlords from the South-West would lead to an unending bloody conflict and a civil war the country is not ready to have.
The movement, therefore, incites non-ethnicization of criminality in the country while admonishing for unity to defeat insecurity and other conflicting issues affecting the masses.