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Northern Youths Wants Yorubas Vacate Region As Call For Oduduwa Intensifies
Nigeria’s security challenges are apparently, sliding the country into division following threats and counter-threats between Northern and Western youths.
In space of a week, youths under the aegis of Arewa Youth Assembly (AYA) and Omo Oduduwa Worldwide (OOW) have issued public notices that appear to threaten 1914 amalgamation.
Earlier on Thursday, in a sighted circulated footage, Yoruba-born self-acclaimed activist, Sunday Adeyemo, also popularly referred to as Sunday Igboho, sparked controversy on social media after the declaration of Oduduwa.
Sunday noted during his declaration that major resources of the country are now in the hands of Northerners including the continued killing of his people and forceful grabbing of their land.
In his words: “If the police attack us for that, we are ready for them. We do not want Nigeria again but the Yoruba nation. There is no essence for one Nigeria when the major resources in the country are in the hands of the northerners.
Enough is enough. There is no going back… We are not scared of anybody. These killer herders are taking over our land and they are killing our people,” he pointed out.
Similarly, on Wednesday, OOW, a group made of its diaspora and home-based, drafted a letter to Nigeria President, Mohammadu Buhari seeking self-determination for realization of Oduduwa.
The letter, sighted by SCANNEWS24 highlighted that Western region no longer believes in Buhari’s constitutional reform describing it as a ‘mere farce’ that would not interest Yoruba.
It pointedly stated that Yorubas have constantly faced subjugation, bigotry, and discrimination under the APC-Buhari-led administration and will not further endure the ongoing fulanization agenda of Nigeria.
It also added that Nigeria’s 1914 amalgamation has elapsed since 2014 and is presently being run falsely and unconstitutional.
However, in another development on Friday, reacting to the above statements, AYA handed out a three-day ultimatum to Igboho urged him to evacuate his brothers and sisters in the North before the date.
The group warned to swing into action in making sure Yorubas residence in their region leaves if the activist fails.
According to the spokesperson of the Northern group, Mohammed Salihu Danlami, called on Nigerians to reject any move that will warrant confusion in the land.
It states partly: “Since it is Igboho who wants his people out of the North to form a Yoruba nation, we will make it easy for him by asking Mr. Igboho to provide a means of transportation to convey his people to the South West.”
It also explained that Igboho has continually threatened the lives and property of northerners living in West for no reason. The statement additionally encouraged traditional rulers, security agencies to assist to accomplish relocation of Yorubas from Abuja.