June 12: Yoruba Group Warn Against Propagating South-West Agenda

Hyacinth Chinweuba

A Pan-Yoruba group, Network of Yoruba Alliance, NEYA, has condemned the proposed plans of some groups to capitalize on June 12 national day as basis for promoting South-Western sovereign states agenda. 

In a statement, the group noted that it is tantamount to efforts in futility for any Yoruba self-determination group to attempt to regionalize the struggles of June 12 on the premises that late MKO as was a Yoruba person. 

“We received with dismay the notification of plans by some quarters to stage a protest for Yoruba Sovereign State on Wednesday. We at NEYA make bold to say that June 12 struggles was a national struggle, well identified with by all the tribes and regions in Nigeria. It was a mandate unanimously given to Chief M.K.O Abiola by all Nigerians. 

The Hausas identified with it, our brothers and sisters from the Eastern part of the country identified with it therefore, it is very wrong for a section of the society to want to regionalize it”.

We can mention many instances of solidarity and supports for the struggle by non-Yoruba such as Dr. Joe Okei Odumakin, Alfred Ilenre, Sen. Sehu and Uba Sanni and many more that were unequivocal on their stand and support for national recognition for the popular mandate of “Hope ‘93”.

NEYA in the release signed by the National Coordinator Muyiwa Idowu, advised that another method should be adopted to channel such course rather than staging a protest on a honourable day as June12. 

NEYA revealed that such approach as open protest as a form of agitation for self-determination is unrealistic as such methodology is a means by which such groups enrich their pocket or seek relevance from the government for possible appointments into cabinets or solicit contract. 

The agitations for Yoruba liberation is beyond display of placards by few sponsored crowed. Yoruba need a formidable front for its activities henceforth which is only achievable by massive consultations with robust deliberations and contributions on the best ways forward and not the kind of fire brigade approach to programs.

This move is unpopular, and we are aware of the gimmick to lure Yoruba well-meaning elders into this “political gaming and notice me parade” therefore we advise that such zeal and enthusiasm could have been channeled to curbing the incessant invasion and encroachment of Oduduwa lands by aliens. 

A recent incident was in Ondo State where nine armed Fulani herdsmen stormed the palace of Onigedegede of Gedegede, Oba Walidu Sanni, in Akoko, Akoko North-West Local Government and harass the monarch for reporting incessant destruction of farmlands in his area to the police. In the account of this, many people over a few period of time have been chased out of their lands by aliens. 

In the same vein, communities in the remote area of Ikole LGA, Irele Ekiti and environ as we speak, the villagers panic to go to their farmlands on broad day light for the fear of being stab, rape or even killed and various other attacks by these herdsmen. Several other parts of South-West are affected by this menace and we need leaders who can speak up like former Governor Ayodele Fayose who stood firmly to protect his state. It is also noted that no group or an individual openly applaud the actions of Ayodele Fayose in this regard. Our lands need protection. 

It is appalling to note that these elements who pretend to act as the voice for the Yoruba race have been silent in the face of irregularities affecting the pace of growth and development in the terrain but are quick to organize protest for their selfish embellishment.

We will not be deterred in our quest for a Yorubaland of our dreams where infrastructural development is second to none, where our youths are gainfully engaged, and where education is free for all like the days of Yoruba heroes. Our livelihood must not be impaired by the activities of strangers on our land and the in-action of the government. 

The governors must follow path of Fayose to stand for the Yorubas instead of fighting declare state of emergency on revamping the economy of Yorubaland by investing in agriculture and make this region the food basket of not only Nigeria but West Africa, NEYA opined. 

Whilst we believe in the need for Yoruba sovereign state and the efforts towards it, NEYA advises that we adopt political revolution where all Yoruba self-determination groups will come together to form a common front to the achievement of our long term objective.

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