The Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, has warned terrorists planning to attack the South West region not to test the will of the Yoruba to defend themselves. He said the South West Security Stakeholders Group (SSSG) comprising the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) and 10 other security groups under his leadership will do everything possible to resist any form of attack that can threaten the region.
The Yoruba generalissimo gave the warning in Owo recently during his visit to the Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Ogunoye.
The visit, according to a statement made available by his Special Assistant on Media, Kehinde Aderemi, was part of the new move by the Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland to secure the South West and forestall a repeat of the Owo attack in the region.
Aare Adams, while condoling the Owo monarch, stated further that the Owo Catholic Church massacre remained the most devastating experience of terrorism in Yoruba modern history, adding that he would not relent in his efforts to defend the Yoruba territory.
He said: “My visit is to show my sympathy to your royal majesty and the Owo people over the attack that led to the death of over 40 worshippers.
“Immediately after the attack, I did a statement condoling Kabiesi and the people of Owo. I was one of the earlier callers and I spoke with the Kabiesi, assuring him of my support for the palace and the people of the town in making the town safe for the people.
“Also about four weeks ago, I wrote a letter informing the United Nation Secretary General, Mr. Antonio
Guterres, on the need to prevent further calamity that is capable of destroying the entire country like what happened in Bosnia.
“The letter was addressed to all international communities and the State Security Departments across the world.
“And the report and the feedback we are getting was great. However, I consider it imperative to visit Olowo and the people of the town to formally express my sympathy, even as efforts are on to strengthen the security situation in the town.
“This time around, Yoruba are more united and we are not cowards. In Yoruba land, we have not lost any war.
“Therefore, we are not going to relent or relax until we get rid of terrorists across the South West.”
Oba Ogunoye appreciated Adams for keeping faith with the struggle to defend the region.
Oba Ogunoye blamed the prolonged security challenges across the country on the failing federal system arrangements, even as he restated the need for state and police arrangements as panacea for effective security in the country.
Oba Ogunoye stated that the Owo people will continue to protect their kingdom with whatever they have, saying the Owo people are prepared to defend themselves against any external aggressors.
He said: “When they attacked us, Aare was among the earliest callers.
“He gave us his words with prayers and put in place continuous security surveillance arrangements with the Ondo State chapter of the Oodua People’s Congress.
“This is a good initiative that could enhance the security situation in the town.
“I am also happy that the Yoruba are even more united in the struggle to defend their territory.
“I can see their determination and it is a positive sign of unity against terrorism.”