The Emir of Ilorin, Ibrahim Sulu-Gambari Thursday said he prevented clash between Yoruba and Fulani about two months ago.
The emir who spoke this at the at the annual national delegate conference of the Ilorin Emirate Descendants Progressive Union (IEDPU) at Fufu in Ilorin South Local Government Area said the war could have started off from his domain before it was averted.
He disclosed that the clash between the Yoruba people and the Fulani herdsmen at Alapa area in Asa local government in the Ilorin Emirate was to trigger off the war before his intervention.
The clash which was said to begin with a fight between a Fulani cattle rearer and a Yoruba man in the Alapa area had reportedly degenerated into a more dangerous violence in which many people lost their lives in the area.
The emir said that some people alleged that after the death of a Yoruba man in the Fulani/Yoruba man clash, members of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), a Yorruba militant group were mobilised to attack the Fulani people in the area the following day.
He said that it was further alleged that after the OPC members killed many of the Fulani herdsmen, their wives and children they carried away their cattle and disposed them off in Ibadan.
The monarch disclosed that this allegation made a group of militants from the far north of the country to mobilise themselves and prepared to come to Ilorin to avenge the killings of their Fulani kinsmen.
He said that when he heard of this plan he quickly intervened by explaining to the people that the progenitor of the head of Ilorin Emirate is from the Sokoto sultanate and that both the Fulani and Yoruba people in the emirate are a one people cohabitating without discrimination.
Sulu-Gambari disclosed that what he said discouraged the people to go ahead with their vengeance mission and thanked God that his intervention worked saying the reprisal attack would have aggravated security problem of the country.
He said that the remaining Fulani herdsmen who have been displaced after their huts were burnt were put in a camp where he volunteered N1m for their feeding alongside the assistance the Kwara state government rendered.