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Yoruba group wary of terror threats

22 April 2014, 08:30Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - A Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), has called on traditional institutions and residents of Southwest State to be on the alert in view of recent threats of terror attacks by Boko Haram.

ARG said the recent claims carried a video that the terror group had infiltrated the region should not be taken lightly.

Members of the Boko Haram are quoted as saying, “We are in your city and you don’t know where we are.”

In light of the warning, ARG’s National Chairman, Olawale Oshun, has called on all the residents in the South West States of Nigeria to take this threat seriously and be vigilant.

“We call on the residents to report to security agencies, monarchs, traditional leaders and the offices of the governors any suspicious movement of men and materials that come to their notice.

“ARG wishes to alert the traditional institutions, from the highly revered monarchs to the Baales (the village heads) and Mogajis (Clan Heads), to their responsibility towards their subjects in this dire time.

“All the leaders of our people at every level would have no reason, through acts of omission or commission, to allow total strangers over-run their domains.

"The time for the traditional institutions to become active and responsive as the guardian of our values is now. The kings and village heads should be ready to accept responsibility for any security failure in their domain, and we dare say that being urban should be no excuse,” he said.
Oshun warned that being visited with a terror attack would amount to a declaration of war on the peace loving people of Yorubaland, in as much as the Yoruba people have always been peaceful and are not, whether directly or indirectly, complicit in the collapse of development and security factors which have been labelled as responsible for the rise of terrorism.

“We need to add that the Yoruba people will neither fold their arms if attacked and will be forced to respond in whatever shape or form deemed fit,” he stated.

- CAJ News

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