The apex chief of the umbrella physique of Yoruba self-possibility groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, Professor Banji Akintoye, has raised the terror that struggle had been declared on Yoruba of us with the fresh attack on Igangan home of Oyo Explain by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
He described the attack in which no fewer than of us were killed as a declaration of struggle in opposition to peace-loving Yoruba of us.
Accusing the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Authorities of backing terrorist herdsmen that had been maiming, killing and raping of us in Yoruba land, Akintoye, in an announcement personally signed by him and made obtainable to journalists on Monday by his Communications Supervisor, Mr. Maxwell Adeleye, referred to as on Yoruba of us to arm themselves with whatever they’ll lay their palms upon to defend their land in opposition to external aggression.
Whereas saluting Rotimi Akeredolu, the Governor of Ondo Explain who doubles as the Chairman of South-West Governors Discussion board for his valorous stand on the Igangan massacre, Akintoye referred to as on the governors to place apart constitutional objections to defend their of us, asserting “Yoruba land has been surrounded, and we must the least bit times act now.”
The famend historian acknowledged historically, the Yoruba of us luxuriate in by no plot been conquered, whereas urging the youthful generation of Yoruba of us by no plot to renounce to any have of intimidation or harassment.
He acknowledged, “The Alana and worldwide chief of Ilana Omo Oodua, Emeritus Professor ‘Banji Akintoye, on behalf of all patriotic and fervent Yoruba of us, and in session, and collaboration with hundreds of self possibility groups at home and in the Diaspora, recount uttermost shock and apprehension on the info of the barbarous killings and destruction by Fulani and varied terrorists upon our of us at Igangan, Ibarapa home of Oyo Explain.
“Whereas commiserating with our of us in Igangan, we hereby ache a purple alert to all Yoruba of us at home and in the Diaspora.
“It must now be clear to all Yoruba of us of all courses and financial cases that struggle has advance in a large plot to our divulge of starting up. This struggle has been coming relentlessly for five years, but some of our maintain of us failed to trace the total intent and impact of it. Some luxuriate in belief the answer is to enact one constitutional or political component to Nigeria and the struggle would dawdle away. Nonetheless we must the least bit times now all know that such propositions touching on Nigeria are blatantly unrealistic.
“And indeed these endanger Yorubaland, the Yoruba of us and the Yoruba civilization by diverting the dignity of our of us from the manifest reality of our time.
“We now name on all Yoruba of us at home and foreign to point of interest on the possibility of the 2d in a plot that shall be grand enough to retain our nation and civilization.
“First we name on our Explain Governors to push apart the total constitutional objections that had been consistently raised from obvious quarters each time our governors luxuriate in taken measures to defend our of us.
“We are particularly grateful to Governor Akeredolu of Ondo Explain and all varied Governors who give a rep to him in the patriotic and manly assertion that he has issued on the Igangan catastrophe.
“We repeat what we luxuriate in acknowledged time and again again that we are going to stand fully and powerfully on the attend of our Governors in any measure that they’ll also merely undertake to defend our of us.
“We allege to our divulge governors, your first constitutional responsibility is to be obvious the safety of existence and property in our Yoruba states. In the face of that vital job, constitutional and political finesse and obstructions are a possibility to the lives and property of our of us.
“The Federal Authorities of Nigeria has failed woefully to present protection to the Yoruba of us, alongside with varied indigenous peoples of the Nigerian South and the Heart Belt in opposition to those invading, marauding forces.
“In actuality, once we attend in mind the total behaviour of the federal authorities in the face of this possibility to the indigenous peoples and electorate of Nigeria, we are in a position to not attend some distance from the conclusion that the federal authorities is a sponsor of the phobia in our land.
“The federal authorities started by asserting and doing nothing in regards to the terrorism whereas apparently instructing the safety agencies to enact nothing to confront the terrorism.
“The federal authorities many events affords to the wide world a spurious image of the ache by claiming that all the pieces is a product of native weather substitute at the same time as the Fulani insistently concerns statements that their mission is to beat and subdue the total indigenous peoples of Nigeria and forcefully take care of their land for Fulani folks from all over West Africa. And at the same time as global terrorist organizations resembling ISIS, Al Qaeda and even Al-Shabab advance to make stronger this Fulani terrorism all over Nigeria.
“Whereas permitting the Fulani to stream freely with and to import varied categories of weapons into Nigeria, the Federal Authorities prohibited the possession of any extra or much less fire palms by any indigenous electorate of Nigeria, sending the police and protection power to recall such privately owned weapons alongside with those for which these electorate had earlier been licensed for hunting and sports.
“In the sunshine of the total foregoing,
we name on all our governors to conclude letting objections by federal officers to hinder the defence of our peoples.
“We name on all Yoruba of us to face up as one to defeat this possibility. We Yoruba luxuriate in a proud history that we luxuriate in by no plot been conquered.
“Let us not succumb to conquest now. Let us thank the countless adolescence of our land who had been standing up in opposition to the invasion of our land.
“Nonetheless allow us to now upward push to enact better than merely thanking them and upward push to present them the total give a rep to they must clear our land of all terrorists of all kinds.
“Let us demonstrate to the world that though we are a civilized and existence respecting of us, we are nonetheless a of us supremely in a position to defending our of us and our divulge of starting up.
“The chronic Ilana Omo Oodua calls to palms of all Yoruba of us on their farms, hamlets, villages, towns, cities and varied communities must now be urgently activated with communal self defence methods, around their abodes and areas of work.
“You’ll need to urgently set up early warning alarms; human, manual, scientific or non secular.
“Also the normal and howdy-tech defensive mechanisms must advance into divulge. Abet and attend our adolescence to realize dynamic groups that not finest defend but attack the enemies wherever they luxuriate in got dug themselves into our forests and farmlands.
“Arm yourselves with whatever you can lay your palms upon, make or have as individuals, and as communities to confront the enemy.
“Create obvious they no longer set apart their mission wherever in Yorubaland. Our technology wizards are already placing collectively structures that will defend our land and spoil the enemy.
“To the elite of the Yoruba Nation, our businessmen and our experts, we
now allure that you simply recall and take care of action to attend the total efforts outlined above.
“We remember with gratitude that after the COVID-19 crisis loomed all over the world in 2020, our businessmen mercurial place collectively a fund amounting to billions of naira to abet fight the dreaded virus.
“We name on you now to enact the same, to place up a tidy fund for the defence of our divulge of starting up and abet with your expertise to place up the disbursement, administration and auditing of the funds.
“The vital honest can luxuriate in to be that the funds be made to set apart as mercurial and adequately as capacity all defensive and offensive groups and groups that point to capabilities to supply immediate and abiding results.
“We are Yoruba and we are in a position to prevail in this crisis. And then we are in a position to head forth and put collectively our maintain sovereign Oduduwa Nation to the admiration of all mankind- a land of security, alternative and confident hope in prosperity for all our of us and all unruffled and enterprising foreigners who advance to our land.”