Controversial Yoruba monarch, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba AbdulRasheed Akanbi, Sunday cautioned the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III over the latter’s threat to resort to self-help in the face of increasing insecurity in the South-West.
Oluwo narrated that he could still vividly recall the incidents that transpired during the protracted Liberian war where he played an active role.
He furthered that his experience at the battlefront puts him in the best position to offer a piece of advice on how to curb insecurity in the land.
In his words, “self-help or self-defence is not the solution to the insecurity, because no zone of the nation is exempted from the ongoing menace.
“War is easy to invite but difficult to chase away. During war, there is no law, except law of self-preservation which reduces social status to nothing as everybody would be struggling to remain alive.
“Parents would run for safety abandoning their children and property. Women and female children would be subjected to rape before their husbands and fathers with the fathers watching helplessly.
“I know what I passed through during Liberian War fighting on the side of Charles Taylor. That is more reason I would not subscribe to any call which encourages taking up arm to settle the insecurity problem which the entire country is currently facing.
“I am not undermining the intention of the Alaafin but as a war veteran, I am in the best position to offer appropriate advice. If I keep quiet over it and something untoward happens tomorrow, I would be irresponsible traditional ruler.
“I am repeating it that the cost of war is usually heavier than the cost of settlement.”
While charging President Muhammadu Buhari to be proactive in his decisions, Oluwo recalled that the Yoruba and Fulanis had had a smooth relationship for over a century.
He cautioned further that this country is richly blessed and should not be allowed to toil the path of the former Soviet Union.
The controversial Oba also suggested that the government should enforce “compulsory free education to Fulani children to secondary school level. This is a panacea to checkmate the elements hell-bent to tarnish their image among other tribes in the country. I am positive that this phase will pass, and Nigeria will remain indivisible.”