Afenifere chieftain, Tinubu clash over reports of herdsmen attacks in southwest

Filed in Local News by on October 12, 2018 0 Comments

– Afenifere spokesman, Odumakin, attacked the national leader of the APC, Tinubu

– He accused the APC chieftain of keeping mute when herdsmen attacked some parts of southwest

– Tinubu had earlier reportedly said that the southwest was not affected by herdsmen attacks

The spokesman for the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, has criticised the national leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, for allegedly keeping silent when herdsmen abducted elder statesman, Olu Falae, and attacked farmers in parts of southwest.

The Punch reports that Odumakin dismissed Tinubu’s claims that the southwest was not affected by herdsmen attacks, saying that the marauders had killed people in Yewa, Oke Ogun, Akure, Ekiti and other parts of the region.

Reacting to a statement by Tinubu’s media aide, Tunde Rahman, in which he reportedly said the Afenifere chieftain was suffering from selective amnesia, Odumakin, in a statement on Thursday, October 11, accused the All Progressives Congress leader of living in denial.

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He said: “Tinubu has maintained a sinful silence as herdsmen launched vicious attacks on the southwest and other sections of the country with thousands of lives lost in the last three years.

“He can play the ostrich all he wants but we know he was mute when herdsmen kidnapped Chief Olu Falae. He could not find his voice when herders killed people in Yewa, Oke Ogun, Akure, Ekiti and the Middle Belt.

“Neither did I hear a word from Tinubu when herdsmen kidnapped and killed a permanent secretary in Osun (where Tinubu and I are from).”

The Afenifere’s spokesman said Tinubu only postured as a federalist when it suited him, noting that cattle herders as businessmen should apply to state governors for land allocation if they were interested in ranching.

He accused the APC chieftain of launching a personal attack against him.

He said: “I do not intend to take issues with him in all the personal attacks and insinuations of disorder of the mind. Why should I when I know that it is chronic abusers of substance that are more prone to suffer from such? Thank God I am not one of them.”

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Meanwhile, previously reported that members of the Pan Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, on Tuesday, October 9, held a closed-door meeting with former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital, over the 2019 general elections.

At the end of the meeting, which started late in the afternoon and lasted more than two hours, Yinka Odumakin, spokesman of the group, told journalists that the meeting was about the choice of leadership for the country in 2019.

He also reportedly disclosed the group will soon disclose the presidential candidate it will support in the forthcoming general elections.

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