We are not animals — Afenifere replies Labdo.

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The Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere has said the decision to expell herdsmen from forest in the Southwest, is been deliberately misinterpreted to suggest the entire Fulani ethnicity is affected. 

Afenifere made the statement through its spokesman Yinka Odumakin, in reaction to a statement by Umar Labdo, a professor of Islamic Political Thought, Kano State University, suggesting that the North could react in same measure should the Southwest force herdsmen out of the region.

According Odumakin, Prof Labdo doesn’t understand what the matter was all about. Yoruba, he said have not expelled Hausa or Fulani from their region.

“We are peace loving people and we love our guests; we don’t behave like animals. Why do people choose to live in the bush? The governor is simply asking the herdsmen to leave the forests, come and leave with them and register; that you are not an animal that should live in the bush or forest, which shouldn’t be a problem, but they have turned to say he asked the Fulani to leave Ondo. 

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“That is not the issue. If you say you will expel Yoruba from the North, we will also expel Fulani from Yoruba land and see what will happen. You cannot threaten Yoruba with expulsion, no, never.”

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