The Yoruba Youth Socio-cultural Association (YYSA) yesterday said the ethnic nationality remained unperturbed by the remarks credited to the Northern Elders Forum and Coalition of Northern Groups asking Fulani herdsmen to leave the south.
In a statement by its National President, Olalekan Hammed in Ibadan, the group stated: “Right from the time immemorial, Yoruba are known distinctively for being accommodating, respectful and kindhearted.
“All Yoruba Obas (monarchs) were having a cordial relationship with Seriki Fulani at their various domains like brothers and sisters.
“We (Yoruba) helped them boost their business not only by buying and consuming their cows but we also loved eating Wara. “Not until a few years ago when they started unleashing various nefarious activities such as the bombardment of farmlands with cows resulting in the eating up of farm produce, kidnapping, rape, and robbery.
“Thousands of our people, including farmers, have been bankrupted, maimed, raped, kidnapped and killed by herdsmen.”It continued: “The suspected herders that kidnapped Chief Olu Falae for ransom a few years ago were later released unprosecuted.
“Since herdsmen are no longer contributing to our well-being and peaceful coexistence, if they are now asked to come home by northern elders and youths, we gladly wish them goodbye. “In fact, that step if taken will increase our creativity, for we are going to think beyond the noise and venture seriously into livestock business most especially cattle rearing. ‘’“And surely, the unemployment rate in South West will reduce drastically within a short period of time.”