An alliance of a few Itsekiri, Edo and Yoruba group, Apapo Oodua Koya,
(AOKOYA), has written a searing public statement to the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence Alhaji Abubakar Sa'ad and the Fulani heads over the condition of the country, particularly the unabetted slaughtering by Fulani herders.
In the letter routed to the Sultan of Sokoto and Fulani pioneers, the communicated "most profound sentiments about the Nigerian state and what has all the earmarks of being the entanglements that lay ahead, the greater part of which are oiled and arranged by your very own kin, the Fulani, though deliberately."
They accused the Sultan of ‘sitting on a throne soaked with the blood of millions of innocent souls anguished with deafening ears to the agony of the spirit of millions of victims of the horrendous killings by your men, who came from Fouta Jallon in Senegal, only some 210 years ago.’
Read the letter in full:
THE STATE OF THE NATION
We write this letter to you considering your importance as the head of the Fulani people in Nigeria. You are also the head of Fulani Muslims in Nigeria.It is our hope that you will be able to share the thoughts expressed here with the 7 million Fulani people in Nigeria through your traditional means of communication.
We write to honour you with this letter, given the floundering opportunities for a dialogue on the future of Nigeria, which has eluded the various ethnic groups in Nigeria and which may not enhance itself too soon.
Given the drumbeats of armed violence and extremism perpetrated largely by your people, and the fleeting prospects of a national dialogue, we hope this letter will not be the last opportunity to constructively engage you and the Fulani nation.
We, on behalf of Apapo Oodua Koya, (AOKOYA), a coalition of several Itsekiri, Edo and Yoruba groups write with our deepest feelings about the Nigerian state and what appears to be the pitfalls that lay ahead, most of which are oiled and orchestrated by your own people, the Fulani, albeit consciously.
Today, you sit on a throne soaked with the blood of millions of innocent souls anguished with deafening ears to the agony of the spirit of millions of victims of the horrendous killings by your men, who came from Fouta Jallon in Senegal, only some 210 years ago.