AYCF faults Yoruba Council Of Elders over remarks on Sarkin Fulani of Lagos
Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF) has described a recent call by the Yoruba Council Of Elders (YCE ) to Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to stop the recognition of Sarkin Fulani as inflammatory and ill-conceived.
The National President AYCF, Alhaji Yerima Shettima stated this in a statement made available to media in Kaduna North West Nigeria and made available to media on 26th August, 2021.
The statement stated that the Yoruba elders, who spoke through a former National President of YCE, Dansaaki Samuel Agbede, asked the Lagos State Government to stop its recognition for the Sarkin Fulani
AYCF said they were unsettled by this position coming from elders who are supposed be to guardians of the people and should be taking the lead in ensuring tolerance, peace, and harmony between the people of Lagos State and their neighbors from any part of the country, more so Northern Nigeria.
The group explained that the office of the traditional Sarkin Fulani of Lagos is an estimated 150 years old and it reflects and represents the general interest of Fulanis residents in the area.
” It was therefore misplaced to see the YCE trying to forcefully liken the estimated 150-year-old Lagos case to that of Edo State, which is comparatively new.
” It is evident that for the past 150 years, nothing tragic has ever happened to the relationship between these ambassadors of the Fulani tribes, primarily because of the successful enlightenment strategy in support of tolerance and harmony by the Fulani monarchy in Lagos.
” Most importantly, there is no law in Nigeria that says another person’s crime elsewhere makes someone somewhere automatically guilty of the same wrongdoing. I
“f the contrary were the case, we in the North would have asked our leaders or governors not to recognize people from other parts of Nigeria in areas like Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, or any State in the region.
“It is for this recognition for the rights of others and unconditional tolerance that you can find Yorubas, Igbos, and other Nigerian monarchs being accorded due respect and formal recognition in every part of the North. For us, tolerance is a necessary ingredient of unity and harmony.
We also find it quite childish that the YCE is making a fuss about illegal immigrants in Lagos, something that should be an issue for the either the NIA, the Nigeria Immigrations Service and the DSS. By the way, how does such a purely security issue connect to due recognition for the Sarkin Fulani. The YCE has got its facts all twisted because there is so much disconnect in most of the issues they raised.
” We do not support any action of intolerance, capable of further worsening the nation’s security challenge.
“It is our candid view that the YCE needs to be cautioned from potentially inflammatory declarations that could breed division among Nigerians in Lagos, who have been living as understanding neighbours for some 150 years.
“We take exception to any motive that could lead to undue interference with traditional and cultural values of a people in a democratic setting. This, we dare say, is a ticking time-bomb.
“We are aware that the Lagos State Government has well-enlightened cabinet members who won’t condone any move that could lead to a breach of the peace and we hope they rise to the occasion.
” We don’t think Governor Sanwo-Olu would condone such a dangerously divisive stand of the YCE, considering the importance of tolerance and harmony that has made Lagos the economic and commercial giant of this country for many decades.” the Statement stated.