History has it that, the Fulani jihad led by sheik Usman Danfodio that began in 1804 in Sokoto and spread gradually to put Hausa Land under the Fulani and later moved down to the south of River Niger had serious effect on virtually the whole modern Nigeria.
Ilorin and its environs which were on the northern fringe of Oyo empire, was sacked by Fulani elements domiciled in that town in 1823, and it therefore became a satellite of the Sokoto caliphate and the base where the jihadists attempted to penetrate, over power and islamise the Yoruba Land.
The Oshogbo war in 1840 showed that Yoruba used traditional technology to prosecute war and not just fighting like beast of the field.A brand of banana was planted during the war which bore fruits same day and the Fulani men ate and died upon consumption.
In the 1983 electoral war in Ondo State, eggs were used as bombs on electoral commission buildings as recorded by Dare Babarinsa in "House of war"
Fulani elements from Ilorin were repelled by combined Yoruba forces with great inputs from Ibadan warriors, drawn from all supporting towns of Oyo, in line with the defence arrangement perfected by Yoruba leaders led by Alaafin Atiba, at the new capital, Agodoyo around 1837.
To be continued...
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