OPC warns Fulani herdsmen – Return Falae Safe And Well


The Oodua Peoples’ Congress has issued a warning to the abductors of former Minister of Finance, Olu Falae, describing the incident as a sin against humanity.

In a statement issued in Lagos, Tuesday, the Yoruba group‎ said the era in which herdsmen would invade farms in Yoruba land and vandalize property was gradually making a comeback.

“We would want to know that the attribute of Yoruba people to be accommodating is not something that should be abused,” said Gani Adams, a factional leader of the group.

“For us, being accommodating is a virtue that was inculcated into us by our forefathers, and should therefore not be seen as a weakness by anybody

“We would, however want to send a note of warning that the Federal Government should do all within its powers to ensure that Baba Falae is returned to his family safe and sound.”

Mr. Falae, a chieftain of the Pan-Yoruba group, Afenifere, was abducted on his 77th birthday, Monday, at his Ilado farm in Akure, Ondo State.

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The police fingered Fulani herdsmen as the mastermind of the abduction.

The kidnappers have reportedly demanded a N100 million ransom.
While describing the abduction as “ungodly,” Mr. Adams said that apart from being a prominent Yoruba son, Mr. Falae was a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“For a man who lost a very promising son only two years ago to be abducted on his 77th birthday is a dastardly act that should be condemned by all peace-loving and reasonable Nigerians,” said Mr. Adams.

“It is also worrisome that the nation is descending into an era when a citizen is not safe even in his own home.”

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