The apex chief of the umbrella physique of Yoruba self-determination teams, Ilana Omo Oodua, Professor Banji Akintoye, has raised the alarm that warfare had been declared on Yoruba folks with the latest assault on Igangan space of Oyo State by suspected Fulani herdsmen.
He described the assault through which no fewer than folks have been killed as a declaration of warfare towards peace-loving Yoruba folks.
Accusing the Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Authorities of backing terrorist herdsmen which have been maiming, killing and raping folks 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 folks to arm themselves with no matter they’ll lay their fingers upon to defend their land towards exterior aggression.
Whereas saluting Rotimi Akeredolu, the Governor of Ondo State who doubles because the Chairman of South-West Governors Discussion board for his daring stand on the Igangan bloodbath, Akintoye referred to as on the governors to place apart constitutional objections to defend their folks, saying “Yoruba land has been surrounded, and we should act now.”
The famend historian stated traditionally, the Yoruba folks have by no means been conquered, whereas urging the youthful era of Yoruba folks by no means to give up to any type of intimidation or harassment.
He stated, “The Alana and worldwide chief of Ilana Omo Oodua, Emeritus Professor ‘Banji Akintoye, on behalf of all patriotic and anxious Yoruba folks, and in session, and collaboration with a whole lot of self dedication teams at house and within the Diaspora, categorical uttermost shock and horror on the information of the barbarous killings and destruction by Fulani and different terrorists upon our folks at Igangan, Ibarapa space of Oyo State.
“Whereas commiserating with our folks in Igangan, we hereby problem a pink alert to all Yoruba folks at house and within the Diaspora.
“It should now be clear to all Yoruba folks of all courses and financial circumstances that warfare has are available an enormous solution to our homeland. This warfare has been coming relentlessly for 5 years, however a few of our personal folks failed to know the complete intent and affect of it. Some have thought the reply is to do one constitutional or political factor to Nigeria and the warfare would go away. However we should now all know that such propositions regarding Nigeria are blatantly unrealistic.
“And certainly these endanger Yorubaland, the Yoruba folks and the Yoruba civilization by diverting the eye of our folks from the manifest actuality of our time.
“We now name on all Yoruba folks at house and overseas to deal with the hazard of the second in a fashion that might be highly effective sufficient to protect our nation and civilization.
“First we name on our State Governors to push apart all of the constitutional objections which have been consistently raised from sure quarters at any time when our governors have taken measures to defend our folks.
“We’re significantly grateful to Governor Akeredolu of Ondo State and all different Governors who assist him within the patriotic and manly assertion that he has issued on the Igangan catastrophe.
“We repeat what we’ve got stated time and again that we are going to stand totally and powerfully behind our Governors in any measure that they might undertake to defend our folks.
“We are saying to our state governors, your first constitutional responsibility is to make sure the safety of life and property in our Yoruba states. Within the face of that essential job, constitutional and political finesse and obstructions are a hazard to the lives and property of our folks.
“The Federal Authorities of Nigeria has failed woefully to guard the Yoruba folks, together with different indigenous peoples of the Nigerian South and the Center Belt towards these invading, marauding forces.
“The truth is, after we think about all of the behaviour of the federal authorities within the face of this hazard to the indigenous peoples and residents of Nigeria, we cannot keep away from the conclusion that the federal authorities is a sponsor of the fear in our land.
“The federal authorities began by saying and doing nothing in regards to the terrorism whereas apparently instructing the safety companies to do nothing to confront the terrorism.
“The federal authorities persistently offers to the large world a false image of the scenario by claiming that every little thing is a product of local weather change even because the Fulani insistently points statements that their mission is to overcome and subdue all of the indigenous peoples of Nigeria and forcefully take their land for Fulani of us from throughout West Africa. And at the same time as worldwide terrorist organizations corresponding to ISIS, Al Qaeda and even Al-Shabab come to bolster this Fulani terrorism throughout Nigeria.
“Whereas permitting the Fulani to maneuver freely with and to import varied classes of weapons into Nigeria, the Federal Authorities prohibited the possession of any form of hearth arms by any indigenous residents of Nigeria, sending the police and armed forces to grab such privately owned weapons together with these for which these residents had earlier been licensed for searching and sports activities.
“Within the gentle of all of the foregoing,
we name on all our governors to cease letting objections by federal officers to impede the defence of our peoples.
“We name on all Yoruba folks to stand up as one to defeat this hazard. We Yoruba have a proud historical past that we’ve got by no means been conquered.
“Allow us to not succumb to conquest now. Allow us to thank the numerous younger folks of our land who’ve been standing up towards the invasion of our land.
“However allow us to now rise to do greater than merely thanking them and rise to provide all of them the assist they should clear our land of all terrorists of all types.
“Allow us to present to the world that although we’re a civilized and life respecting folks, we’re however a folks supremely able to defending our folks and our homeland.
“The persistent Ilana Omo Oodua calls to arms of all Yoruba folks on their farms, hamlets, villages, cities, cities and different communities should now be urgently activated with communal self defence methods, round their abodes and locations of labor.
“You need to urgently set up early warning alarms; human, handbook, scientific or religious.
“Additionally the standard and hi-tech defensive mechanisms should come into place. Encourage and help our younger folks to kind dynamic groups that not solely defend however assault the enemies wherever they’ve dug themselves into our forests and farmlands.
“Arm yourselves with no matter you’ll be able to lay your fingers upon, create or develop as people, and as communities to confront the enemy.
“Guarantee they not succeed of their mission wherever in Yorubaland. Our know-how wizards are already placing collectively buildings that may defend our land and destroy the enemy.
“To the elite of the Yoruba Nation, our businessmen and our professionals, we
now enchantment that you just resolve and take motion to help all of the efforts outlined above.
“We keep in mind with gratitude that when the COVID-19 disaster loomed all around the world in 2020, our businessmen rapidly put collectively a fund amounting to billions of naira to assist struggle the dreaded virus.
“We name on you now to do the identical, to arrange a big fund for the defence of our homeland and assist along with your experience to arrange the disbursement, administration and auditing of the funds.
“The essential purpose should be that the funds be made to succeed in as rapidly and adequately as attainable all defensive and offensive teams and groups that reveal capabilities to supply fast and abiding outcomes.
“We’re Yoruba and we are going to prevail on this disaster. After which we are going to go forth and handle our personal sovereign Oduduwa Nation to the admiration of all mankind- a land of safety, alternative and assured hope in prosperity for all our folks and all peaceable and enterprising foreigners who come to our land.”
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