Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has called on peace-loving Nigerians to rise against herdsmen savagery after the latest attack in Ibarapa.
The South-West Governors’ Forum chairman also directed all commanders of the South-West Security Network (Amotekun) to immediately begin joint operations to stem the spate of insecurity in the region.
Mr Akeredolu, chairman of the forum, disclosed this in Akure.
On Sunday, Akeredolu, who described the attack on Igangan as “a cowardly onslaught,” urged security agencies “to get to the root of this latest act of provocation.”
Suspected herdsmen had on Saturday attacked Igangan in Ibarapa North local government area of Oyo, leaving no fewer than 10 people dead.
Mr Akeredolu also called on all well-meaning Nigerians to condemn the attack in the strongest possible terms, saying, “This latest assault is on decency and communal harmony.”
He added, “We must reiterate the fact that certain elements are bent on causing friction among the people of this country with the sole aim of achieving a pernicious end.
“We have just received, with rude shock, premeditated attacks on our people at Igangan in Ibarapa area of Oyo state, in the early hours of today (Sunday).
“This cowardly onslaught on a peaceful community has occasioned loss of lives and property on a large scale. It is horrendous, callous, and highly provocative. They will stop at nothing until their set goal is realised.”
Speaking further, the governor stated, “It is, therefore, incumbent on all lovers of peace and freedom to rise against this current regression into savagery.
“We, on our parts, are resolved to defend our people, their property, and all legitimate means of livelihood against both internal and external aggression.
“On this, there will be no compromise. We cannot afford to fail.”
Mr Akeredolu called on people in the South-West to remain vigilant and report any suspicious movement in their communities.
He also urged them to be united in the task of defending their lives and property.