By Adeola Badru
Miyyeti Allah in Oyo state on Wednesday urged the state government and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi to dethrone the embattled Seriki Fulani, Chief Saliu Kadiri as Seriki Fulani of the state.
The group said absence and allegations against the embattled Seriki Fulani in the state is affecting the good names of the Fulani community in Oyo State.
It would be recalled that Chief Kadiri was recently chased out of his Igangan residence by some aggrieved youths led by, a Yoruba self-acclaimed activist, Sunday Adeyemo popularly called Sunday Igboho, following his alleged involvement in kidnapping and other unholy activities in the area.
The group asked the Alaafin of Oyo and the state government to replace him with a trusted, tested and integrious personality among the Fulani community.
Briefing newsmen at the end of a meeting organised to discuss issues affecting the Fulani community in Oyo State, the immidiate-past chairman of Miyyeti Allah who briefed newsmen yesterday in Ibadan, Alhaj Yakubu Bello Modibo, said their action was as a result of various allegations levelled against the embattled former Seriki Fulani.
He said: “Our actions was as a result of various allegations levelled against Seriki Fulani in Oyo state. You are aware he was allegedly involved in kidnapping, Banditry an armedrobberry. This has affected our image.”
“It has affected good reputation of many of us living peacefully in the state. We have to bring back our good name in Oyo state, therefore, we must not allow such people to lead us.”
“We vehimently condemned those derogatory statement against our people and we can no longer accept it,” he said.
Reacting to the allegations, in a telephone conversation, the embattled Seriki Fulani, Chief Saliu Kadiri, said he was still around in the state, urging the Alaafin of Oyo to ignore them.
“I am still around in the state. We all know that the allegations were mere fallacies. They are only finding a way to destroy the name of Alaafin. Those people supported Igboho to destroy my hard earned name,” he said.
Source: Nigerian Newspapers Online