Amidst ethnic profiling in Southern Nigeria, one of 16 highest ranking kings in Ekiti State and Attah of Aiyede Kingdom, Oba Alhaji Abdulmumini Adebayo Orishagbemi, is set to install a Fulani man as one of his chiefs.
This hint, by his Media and Publicity Consultant, Prince Bashir Adefaka, was dropped on Thursday in Lagos with promise to give details later.
According to the king’s spokesman, “His Royal Majesty Oba Alhaji Abdulmumini Adebayo Orishagbemi is naturally a detribalised Yoruba man that has seen it all to know there is no gain in tribalism, regardless of what anybody says.”
Aiyede community, a notable kingdom in Yoruba Land, has historical proof with many tribes that made it up and they include Yoruba, Fulani, Ebira and Tapa among others.
Ekiti State was one of Yoruba Land with more of ethnic profiling against Fulani Nigerians especially under Ayo Fayose as governor. But the state is equally the one where Suleiman Akinbami, an oil and gas magnate widely said to have been kidnapped by Fulani herdsmen, granted interview in PUNCH and declared that his kidnappers were Yoruba people.
There are more of Ekiti State people including their Governor Kayode Fayemi, who have taken the lead in making Nigerians realise the nature of criminality as one with no claim of tribe and religion. One of them is Attah Orishagbemi.
“Kabiyesi has never pretended about his connection with Nigeria and has always warned people to treat a criminal as criminal not to trace his tribe and religion as it makes no sense but causes destability to do so,” Adefaka said.