Ile-Ife Communal Clash: Mr Ibile Calls For Stiff Boundary Laws In Yorubaland
In the wake of the clash between the Fulani herdsmen and Yorubas in Ife, Osun state, the manner with which the Yoruba traditional rulers and Nigeria police handled the situation has raised an eyebrow amongst some Yoruba youths who felt the matter could have been better handled.
In the light of this, the Ibile Peaceful Assembly, a Yoruba revolutionary group which stands for the absolute representation of the Yoruba nation has voiced out its dissatisfaction, below is an excerpt from the assembly.
“If we do not set boundaries because of fear of the unknown, such as what government or other regions are going to think and feel, we are fighting a lost battle”
We are peeved with the media trial of the suspects of the recent communal clash in Ile- Ife because the media trial by Nigeria Police Force looked like the height of affront and assault to the collective integrity and value of the Yoruba people.
In this vein, as the face of Ibile Peaceful Assembly; I am to awaken the spirit of our front- liners in Yoruba kingdom and also to warn the invaders to sheath their sword and desist from inimical activities that left Ife with heavy casualties in its wake.
All Nigerians need to condemn the communal killings and address the ugly ethnic clash that started on Tuesday evening on an allegation that a Hausa man slapped a Yoruba woman said to be the wife of an “uncultured Yoruba man” acclaimed to be a leader of the Abuja branch of the Nigerian Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), for refusing him to keep his bag in her shop.
Life may look to have no meaning; however, Mr. Ibile’s conclusion should not suck because every single Nigerian would soon rush to demand internal autonomy in a peaceful revolution without the binds of governance decadence, religious or ethnic brouhaha.
We won’t beat around the bush here: the provocative scenario fascinated by some bad elements operating creeks in Yoruba land will compel our people to chase them out of those creeks. If they fail to desist from the act of terror and kidnapping going on in some parts of Yoruba land.
Ibile’s Policy has prepared a memo in form of a bill for our members in State House of Assemblies to sponsor a bill to checkmate ethnic boundaries in the Yoruba nation because the ugly incident everywhere has called for “Ethnic Boundaries Bill” as an essential ingredient for our peoples’ well-being just like water, food and air.
In whatever relationship, Yoruba people are too accommodating and failed to implement ethnic boundaries law, whereas boundaries are where some relationships end and where other relationships begin. Those who called for the government agencies to deal with this issue are anti-action and pro-introspection because eventually, all these introspections eat away their very soul.
Why do we have traditional rulers? Where are the likes of Ooni of Ife and Emir Sabo in Ife? They care less because the field of conflicts are not where they go home with contracts or lobbies for their loyalists for rewards.
In what way can we respond to the media trial engage by Nigeria Police Force? We are not impressed by the explanation, arrest and dehumanizing of those who were paraded. The police cannot just go on screen to a competent court in Osun State promulgates them guilty, meaning they are still innocent and they deserve dignity.
Some of those who decided not to see anything good in the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors of Yoruba people with the way they are dishonoring our royal fathers are “vegetating fools”. It is now left for us to re-affirm our leaders’ self-worth.
The government of today should understand that whenever matters like this arise where a visitor decides to ride on the host, the guest can surely force the host to retaliate in the deepest act of self-defense on an even grander scale, and that action would define the way the host relate to our visitors.
For the Yoruba nation, our lives have transformed in countless ways because of our practice in setting and honoring the people we host by allowing them to walk all over us as people. We never stood up for ourselves and our beliefs.
It's high time we slashed through the incessant deceit of leaders and their theatrical states of torment. I hereby call on all Yoruba youths to prioritize our safety to what other ethics needed in our environment and stop acting chameleon, as we need to be bold beyond belief, fearless to challenge invaders but not with violence because the smartest thing for the uncultured Yoruba man is to report the Hausa man to the police.
It is clear that some of those self-acclaimed Yoruba leaders are passive nihilists with an embodiment of self-pity and self-regret.
I hereby advise all Yoruba people not to join those who have been calling for regional autonomy because they are still the set of people that sold us out for their foster interest and I pledge to lead the calls for internal autonomy.
If we do not set boundaries because of fear of the unknown, such as what government or other regions are going to think and feel, we are fighting a lost battle.
It is apparent that registering our anger online is a sign of frustration which is a clear indicator that the multi-ethnic boundaries are under “threats” despite being accommodative to Fulani herdsmen and Ijaw Boys to cross it freely in the spirit of federalism.
We cannot continue harboring a lot of anger and tend to step into rage easily (flipping people off in traffic, yelling bullet and pitch folks at our people, or worse!) this is an indication that we as Yoruba people have lost touch with our boundaries. It is the prayer of Ibile Peaceful Assembly that this kind of “police-media trial” will push the Yoruba nation to set boundaries.
As the face of Ibile Peaceful Assembly, I am charging the active minds of the masses to the point where the need for peaceful action is desperately felt by all to see why our campaign for peaceful revolt as a metaphor for understanding ourselves in a way that serves the whole Nigeria as a federation.
I so hold and pledge that there is no stopping point, there is no looking back; only the rising possibility of internal autonomy lies ahead not regional autonomy.