Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has told his supporters to stop attacking governors in the South West region of the country, saying all of them were in support of efforts to get an independent Yoruba nation.
According to him, the South West governors could not openly associate with the agitators because the Federal Government might stop their monthly allocation if the governors declared open support for the cause.
Igboho,who spoke in Yoruba language at a Yoruba nation rally held at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park in Osogbo, Osun State, on Saturday, also said that elections would no longer be allowed in Yorubaland until the region became an independent nation.
While calling for an immediate end to the prosecution of Oodua People’s Congress members who arrested Isikilu Wakili in Igangan, Oyo State, he condemned the killing of residents of Iseyin by Customs men, saying failure to prosecute criminal herdsmen had emboldened them to commit more atrocities in the region.
He said: “I can’t be cowed or intimidated. They said I would be arrested. Who would dare do that? We are no longer part of Nigeria. We won’t have anything to do with them again. There is no election again in Yorubaland until we have a Yoruba nation. Those in authority initially thought we were joking when we demanded an independent Yoruba nation.
“All our governors are with us. From Oyo, Ogun and Ondo to Ekiti, Lagos and Osun, they are supporting us, but they can’t do it openly. Allocation they give them in Abuja may stop if they do it openly. So, don’t abuse them again. Governor (Gboyega) Oyetola was informed I will be in Osun and he allowed us to come here. All our monarchs are with us.
“We are also demanding an immediate end to prosecution of OPC men that were arrested in Ibarapa land. That is part of the injustice we are talking about. They are still locked up. They didn’t commit any crim, they only stopped and arrested criminals. All the heads of the military, paramilitary and police are Fulani men. We won’t have anything to do with them again.”
He also demanded immediate action by all stakeholders in the region to actualise an independent Yoruba nation, saying if they acted otherwise, the people would revolt against them.
Speaking, ex-Director General, National Troupe, Akin Adejuwon, said the group, Ilana Omo Oodua, was behind the rally, meant to sensitise Yoruba nation why they should stop a “gradual takeover” of their land by Fulani bandits.
“The rally is to sensitise people, especially the youth, because they own the land and some Fulani bandits are gradually taking over the land which belongs to our youth. Once they grab the message, 1,000 Fulani bandits would no longer be able to confront them. We are doing sensitisation across major cities in Yorubaland,” he said.
Meanwhile, Senator Shehu Sani, who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th Senate, said the rainfall that “dispersed” the agitators at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park was a “divine message” for them to change their minds and embrace a united Nigeria.
Sani, in a tweet on Saturday, said: “The heavy rainfall that dispersed the separatist agitators in Osogbo is a divine message for them to change course and work for the unity of our country. The idea of an ethnic or religious purist state stems from a xenophobic mind intolerant to co-existence.”