- A Muslim cleric has sent word of advice to Nigerians amid the rising herdsmen tension in the southwest
- Alhaji Rasheed Yusuff appealed to citizens not to trigger crisis among the nation’s ethnic nationalities
- Yusuff's plea is coming after Sunday Igboho gave some herders who have been accused of committing crimes a quit notice
Alhaji Rasheed Yusuff, the national president of Nawairudeen Society of Nigeria, has told Nigerians that before whatever section, ethnic, political, or religious interest they represent they need to put the country first
The Muslim cleric called on the people to avoid acts capable of triggering crisis among the nation’s ethnic nationalities as well as embracing peace.
Yusuff who gave the advice while speaking with The Nation shortly after a seminar in Abeokuta, Ogun state, said it is too late for anyone to still place ethnic or sectional consideration above national interest.
Speaking further, the cleric said that Nigerians despite their diversities have intermingled so much. He also added that this necessitated that everybody works for the continued unity and peace of the country.
While appealing to people or groups whipping up ethnic and sectional sentiments to cool their temper, Yusuff called on the government to always put all Nigerians at heart.
Igboho reveals Yoruba leaders are backing criminal herdsmen
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Igboho said some Yoruba leaders are behind the heinous activities of violent herdsmen in the southwest.
He made the disclosure on Tuesday, January 26, while speaking with journalists about his Soka house which was burnt by suspected arsonists.
According to the activist, the continued onslaught of the herdsmen in the southwest is because they (the herders) receive supports from some leaders in the region including monarchs and political elites.
Sunday Igboho asks Ooni of Ife to forgive him
In a related development, the Yoruba rights activist has asked the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi to forgive him over a statement he made about the monarch’s visit to President Muhammadu Buhari.
He made the comment at a virtual meeting with some Yorubas in the diaspora. The video from the meeting, however, went viral as Igboho was seen casting aspersions on the revered monarch.
Although, Igboho in an interview monitored by The PUNCH, denied insulting the monarch. He, however, begged for forgiveness from the monarch if whatever he said appeared as an insult to the Ooni.