Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), has condemned the abduction of Chief Olu Falae by Fulani herdsmen in Akure, Ondo State. The organisation also sent a note of warning to the Federal Government saying the man should be returned home safe and sound. Falae, a former Secretary of Government of Federation and one time Minister of Finance was abducted from his farm in Akure by Fulani herdsmen on Sunday.
In a terse statement signed by Otunba Gani Adams, the National Coordinator of OPC and made available to NigerianEcho, the organisation wondered why Fulani herdsmen would invade farm kidnapping people.
The statement reads : “it is indeed a sad development that Chief Falae, aside from being prominent Yoruba son, was a minister of the federal republic of Nigeria. His abduction is not only ungodly, but also a sin against humanity.
“For a man who lost a very promising son only two years ago to be abducted on his 77th birthday is a dastardly act that should be condemned by all peace-loving and reasonable Nigerians.
“It is also worrisome that the nation is descending into an era when a citizen is not safe even in his own home.
“The trend in which Fulani herdsmen would invade private farms of simple farms in our land and vandalise it is gradually making a return.
However, we would want to be known that the attribute of Yoruba people to be accommodating is not something that should be abused.
For us, being accommodating is a virtue that was inculcated into us by our forefathers, and should therefore not be seen as a weakness by anybody
“We would, however want to send a note of warning that the Federal Government should do all within its powers to ensure that Baba Falae is returned to his family safe and sound”, the statement concluded.