The Yoruba leadership has tasked the All Progressives Congress(APC) in the South-West on need to throw its weight behind the Yoruba nation project and stop keeping quiet in the face of challenges confronting Nigeria, and Yoruba as target of destruction by militias.
Penpushing reports that, the President of Ilana Omo Oodua, Prof. Banji Akintoye gave the challenge to the party and the Governors controlling the South-West States, under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC).
The statement titled ,’It’s Time to Stand with the Yoruba nation,’ Akintoye noted that All Progressives Congres(APC) is the strongest political party in the Yoruba southwest,which as at today the party of the most important Yoruba political leaders.
.‘We welcome the meeting of significant leaders of Southwest APC in Lagos on Sunday May 23rd 2021 to discuss the unsavoury state of Nigeria. By the grace of God your political party APC is the strongest political party in the Yoruba southwest. It is the party of the most important Yoruba political leader of today’, Akintoye emphasied.
‘Of the six states of the Yoruba southwest your party controls five of the state Governorships and State Assemblies. In this party also are most Yoruba high officials in the Nigerian federal government. Therefore the APC is the party that is in charge of the Yoruba wellbeing and future today’,
Penpushing further reports, the Yoruba leadership posited that in view of these. important realities asked the party leaders to give serious considerations to challenges confronting the region mostly the invasion of Fulani marauders and other terrorists
‘In the interest of our Yoruba nation and your own political future you cannot and must not continue to keep quiet while the Yoruba nation is seriously endangered by Fulani marauders, militia and terrorists that have invaded the Yoruba homeland for over five years raping, maiming, killing, kidnapping, destroying their farms and other means of livelihood and generally brutalizing your people’.
‘We Yoruba people remember the enormous pride we felt when you accomplished what looked impossible by helping Gen Buhari win the presidency. We had good reasons to expect at the time that many good things will follow upon your victory into our homeland, but since then your people have been going through unbelievable brutalities at the hand of the Fulani terrorists now joined by international terrorists such as iIIS, ISWAP and AL-QAEDA.
‘In the face of the killings, maiming of the people and destruction, extortion of ransom- something unknown before in the history of the Yoruba, namely the fleeing of large numbers of Yoruba people abroad as refugeesis now happening’.
Penpushing also reports that, Akintoye stressed that, as illustrious sons and daughters of Yoruba nation set to meet on Sunday, the race urged them to accomplish a number of things in the interest of the Yoruba nation and themselves.
‘You must demand the security of life and property in Yorubaland. You must demand that Fulani marauders and terrorists vacate Yorubaland unconditionally and immediately.To achieve 1 and 2 above, you must demand that all obstacles and encumbrances placed on the path of Amotekun by the Federal Government be removed forthwith’.
‘You must declare your unclouded support for the accepted norm in all the world today that all ethnic nationalities have the right of self determination, and that that right is inalienable according to the constitution of the United Nations,’.
‘The United Nations’ declaration of the rights of indigenous peoples and the various instruments of the African Union. All of which constitutions and conventions and declarations Nigeria is signatory to and therefore constitute parts of the laws of Nigeria’.
‘As is the norm of federalism the world over, you must demand for the right of each component Nationality of Nigeria, to exercise their right of self determination without let or hindrance.You must demand the convocation of a negotiation conference to settle the raging controversies over the future of Nigeria before any 2023 general elections’.
‘You illustrious sons and daughters of the Yoruba people must be careful not to continue to appear to be swimming against the tide of Yoruba desire in the world; you must be careful not to make your selves enemies of your Yoruba nation’.
‘We close this fraternal letter by wishing you success in your meeting and pray that you will emerge heroes among your people. For too long the Yoruba people have been sold cheaply by their own leading citizens, we pray that you will so conduct yourselves on Sunday that you will emerge as true leaders of the Yoruba nation and worthy sons and daughters of your people’, Akintoye emphasized
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