The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Thursday called for the tightening of security in the South-West by the Federal Government amid the increasing attacks by herdsmen on communities in the geopolitical zone lately.
He noted that while not all Fulani herdsmen were involved in the attacks, it is the wish of Yoruba monarchs and their subjects that the Federal Government in collaboration with local communities, should fish out the “bad eggs” among the herdsmen.
The Ooni stated that the escalating security challenges in the country had led to some persons and groups beating the drums of war.
However, he clarified that the South-West was not ready to go to war with any part of the country.
The paramount ruler disclosed that it is the desire of the Yoruba to see improved security over lives and property, a responsibility he said was not impossible for the Federal Government to undertake.
The Ooni, spoke after he held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, that he came to the State House on behalf of royal fathers in the South-West to make a case for improved security.
His visit came just a week after the late Mrs Funke Olakunri, the daughter of the Afenifere leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, was killed by suspected herdsmen along the Kajola-Ore Road in Ondo State.
Speaking on whether he thought the Fulani were being stigmatised , the Yoruba paramount ruler says, “Well, it is not about stigmatisation; it is about separating the wheat from the chaff.
The monarch canvassed efficient policing and intelligence gathering that involved using the locals to help fish out strange elements in the various communities.