Yoruba Youths under the auspices of Igbimo Odo Yoruba has described the call for the arrest of former president Olusegun Obasanjo over his letter to President Muhammadu Buhari by the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN) as an insult and a joke taken too far, even as it dared Buhari to touch the former president.
The group stated this in a statement by its Secretary General, Olufemi Lawson. It warned that the government would be courting trouble if attempts to touch the former president.
It described MACBAN’s call as ridiculous, noting that if anyone deserved to be arrested, it would be those that have made life unlivable for Nigerians.
“The Igbimo Odo Yoruba’s attention has been drawn to a media statement today, by a faction of the dreaded Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association, calling on the Federal Government to arrest former President Olusegun Obasanjo, over comments made by him in his open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday,” the group said.
“We strongly consider this ridiculous call by this faction of the notorious Miyetti Allah group as not only an insult but a joke taken too far by these characters, who have today become an organization of national security concern to the average Nigerian. We want to liken the latest call for the arrest of former President Obasanjo to the infamous 30 days ultimatum issued by one of its surrogate organizations known as the Coalition of Northern Group CNG, over issues around the establishment of cattle colonies by the Buhari administration.
“We hereby dare the Federal government to arrest President Olusegun Obasanjo and see what will be the fallout of such action.”
The group said it was unfortunate that criminals who should be in prison for their crimes against humanity were now the ones calling for other people’s arrest.
“It is worrisome that people who ordinarily should be behind bars for the numerous crimes against humanity in Nigeria, that were the issues around which Chief Obasanjo letter focused on, are now audacious enough making media appearances and issuing further threats to the security and stability of our country,” it said.
“We loudly say that for the federal government to make any attempt to arrest Chief Obasanjo or any of our leaders, who have risen to the occasion of calling on this administration to act, in the face of a likely national disintegration, being fuelled mainly by the atrocious activities of the members of Miiyetti Allah will not augur well, not only for the present government, but also every enablers of the atrocities being committed against Nigerians, particularly in the southwest.
“Today, Nigerians are watching helplessly, as Fulani herdsmen masquerading as Miyetti Allah, keep tormenting innocent citizens while carrying out lots of atrocities against non-Fulani communities with the federal government not raising an eyebrow.
“We repeat that if Buhari’s government continues to keep quiet as these marauders keep insulting our sensibilities without immediately putting an end to their criminalities across the country, we shall no longer take it kindly with the government and those assaulting our people.
“If this administration wants to make any arrests, they should start from these criminals and terrorists who have made lives miserable for us and are pushing our country completely to the brink.
“Whoever thinks of arresting President Obasanjo or any of our leaders should immediately bury such thought because it will backfire seriously on them.
“We also want to call on government and security agencies to immediately call these factions of Miyetti Allah to order against making disparaging statements that are uncalled for. There is nothing unusual about citizens particularly elder statesman like Chief Obasanjo, speaking against politics of the incumbent provided they are based on facts.
“We urge Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to remain consistent and feel free to call the incumbent administration to order when need be.”