Yoruba elders have stated categorically that self-acclaimed activist, Sunday Adeyemo, better known as Sunday Igboho does not represent the Yoruba people in his call for secession.
The Yoruba Council of Elders, YCE in a statement on Wednesday, March 24 by its secretary-general, Mr Kunle Olajide, noted that Nigeria despite unpleasant happenings in the recent will become better and stronger if it remained undivided.
Sunday Igboho urged Yorubas residing in the Nothern part of Nigeria to quickly return home, adding that any Yoruba king that denied backing the movement to liberate the South-west will not ‘see the light of the next day.’
However, reacting to Igboho’s action while speaking with TheCable on Wednesday, Olajide said the Yoruba people had invested so much in Nigeria’s formation and unity, and it would be unwise for them to seek secession.
He said: “It is his (Igboho’s) personal desire but the present circumstances in our nation do not favour and will not make it achievable, and the fact that Yorubas have invested so much in the unity of this country and in the making of Nigeria. The tribe cannot choose to opt-out without any adequate plans.
“I am not aware that the Yoruba nation or citizenship has given a mandate to anybody to desire their extinction from this country. So it is not a decision that can be taken by an individual or a group of individuals.
“Anybody who is familiar with the history of Nigeria will know that we have been together for over 100 years, even before the British came and we have Yorubas all over the country just as we have other Nigerians everywhere.
“It is not something that you can declare by fiat. In any case, our diversity in this country and our population are our strengths. Fragmentation and dismemberment of this country cannot be in the best interest of anybody,” Olajide reiterated.
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