Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has said that the South West region does not want to experience war a second time.
Ooni said this on Thursday on the sidelines of his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
“I came to speak on behalf of other traditional rulers. The issue at hand in the South West is real,” he said.
“The issue of insecurity, we that live in the remote and rural areas of the south western part of the country, most of the bushes are occupied by strange people and we decided to work with the government to fish them out.
“Everybody is beating the drum of war, we don’t want war. Who can stand war? We want something better for our youths.”
He added that the youths should be put to better use other than for rhetoric of war and anarchy.
“We told the President that he is on the same page with us. Politicians should be careful not to throw things out of proportion,” Oba Ogunwusi said.
“We should make sure things are right and the President has given good directives to security chiefs including the IG to visit all traditional institutions in the South West.”
The Ooni said the president assured that he would say his own side of the story on the proposed Ruga settlement project which has come under attack in the southern part of the country.
“We are not saying all Fulanis are bad, it’s about the bad guys working under the name of Fulanis,” Ooni said.