Yoruba Leaders Are Not Afraid Of Arrest – Fani Kayode Replies Miyetti Allah
A former Aviation Minister Femi Fani-Kayode says Yoruba leaders are no longer afraid of arrest.
Fani-Kayode was reacting to a statement by the leaders of Miyetti Allah who called for the arrest of those behind the newly launched security outfit, Amotekun.
Since the launch, the northern youths and elders have expressed their disapproval while the Nigerian Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami (SAN) declared it illegal.
While Amotekun may have brought the governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress and their counterparts in the Peoples Democratic Party, the mainly Fulani Ethnic believe it was set up to checkmate them.
During a press conference on Friday, the Miyetti Allah Kaute Hore asked the federal government to arrest south-west leaders in charge of Amotekun.
The National President of the group, Bello Bodejo in an interview with The Sun claimed the outfit was a plot against the Fulani ethnic group.
“They should not only ban it but should arrest the leaders of this group. Like I said earlier, nobody or group has more security intelligence than the Police. The Army is doing enough; the DSS is also doing enough, likewise the Civil Defence,” the newspaper quoted Bodejo as saying.
“They are just doing all these things in order to stop the Fulani from coming into their area; it is just a hidden agenda to prevent the Fulani herdsmen from grazing in their God-given areas.
“If you say you set up Amotekun to protect your region, what about Northern Nigeria, what about the Southeast and the South-South and other places that don’t have that kind of thing. Nigeria is one; everything is one unless they want to divide the country.
“I know some of their leaders have good hearts, but others have evil hearts, and those are the ones coming up with this agenda that the Fulani can’t do this and the Fulani can’t do that; all these things are happening because of Fulani; they are just against the Fulani.
“I support 100 percent the federal government banning it, and the leaders should be arrested. It is a deliberate plot against the Fulani.”
Reacting on Saturday, Fani-Kayode said Amotekun has united the Yoruba leaders and make them even more irrepressible.
“The beauty & power of Amotekun is that it has brought us together as one & made us formidable, irresistible, irrepressible, unbeatable & a terror to our adversaries & foes. We stand tall, proud, strong & firm in our resolve. We shall hold the line & we shall not fail our people,” he said in a series of tweets on Saturday morning.
He added “We will never bow to you and we will not be intimidated by your bullying ways and childish barrack-room threats. When you take one of us down millions will rise up in his or her defence and in his or her place.
“We have lost all sense of fear. We have no fear of arrest, no fear of death, no fear of torture, no fear of failure and no fear of tyranny because the Lord is with us! Amotekun is here to stay and damned be he who says this is not so
“In as much as the control of one’s own destiny is the pre-condition for progress, a conflict with the Islamic North is inevitable if the South truly desires to successfully reform itself
“The struggle for secession in 1967, the Nzeogwu coup of Jan. 15th 1966 and the Orkar coup of April 22 1990, which all aimed at breaking the Islamic North’s political stranglehold coupled with the centrifugal ethnic nationalism of today, have all been abundantly vindicated”