Professor Kingsley Moghalu, a former deputy governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, has recommended a three-way course of action to resolve the ethnic tension between the Yoruba indigenes of the South-West geopolitical region and the Fulani herdsmen who reside in the area.
Moghalu made the proposal in a post on Twitter on Sunday following Friday’s clash between supporters of Sunday Adeyemo, a Yoruba activist popularly known as Sunday Igboho, and Fulani people in Ibarapa North Local Government Area of Oyo State.
According to the professor, both the Federal and state governments will have to step up security and ensure that the herdsmen adhere to the rule of law, and engage in dialogue that is devoid of ethnic profiling.
He added that it is important for the government at all levels to make sure they run an inclusive government devoid of blind ethnic loyalty.
Youths said to be supporters of Sunday Igboho reportedly attacked communities occupied by the Fulanis in Iganga, situated in Ibarapa North LGA on Friday, killing three people and setting ablaze properties in the process.
The youths were allegedly executing Igboho’s order to evict all persons of Fulani extraction away from the community after a seven-day ultimatum, which expired on Friday.
The action has led to various northern groups, including Miyetti Allah and the Arewa Consultative Forum, calling for those who perpetrated the act to be held accountable and warning that retaliatory attacks could be launched by the Fulani if concrete decisions are not made by both the Federal and state governments.