By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Coalition of some groups in Yorubaland under the umbrella of Yoruba Frontier Movement (YFM) on Wednesday raised alarm of an alleged plan by security agencies to intimidate and arrest proponents of Oodua Republic.
YFM raised the alarm in a statementby its National Coordinator, Comrade Abdulkabir Adesina and National Secretary, Aderemi Adisa made available to newsmen in Ibadan.
According to the group, such plan by the security agencies to arrest proponents of Oodua Republic, ” will only lead to breakdown of law and order.
“We have received reports that there are plans by security agencies to arrest proponents of Oodua Republic headed by Chief Sunday Igboho. We are using this medium to call on President Muhammadu Buhari to order security agencies to desist from such attempts because proponents of Oodua Republic are operating within the ambit of the law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.” it said.
The groups stressed it wondered “why proponents of Oodua Republic have become the target of security agencies while Fulani herdsmen and bandits have remained untouchables, saying, ” we should even go down memory lane. President Muhammadu Buhari while desperately seeking to become Nigeria’s president made many inciting statements capable of bringing anachy into the country but ex- President Jonathan never ordered for his arrest”.
” On many occasions, Northern youths and elders have made similar inciting statements and heaven didn’t come down. As a matter of fact we have been calling for for restructuring of Nigeria for a very long time.The failure of government to restructure Nigeria is the reason why we are calling for Oodua Republic. Yorubas have suffered greatly since the amalgamation of the country in 1914. owing to injustice against Yoruba race in Nigeria. As a race we have every right to demand for our right to either stay with Nigeria or go our separate ways.”
YFM however commended Chief Sunday Igboho for taking the bull by the horn, saying that Yorubas are fully in his support, saying, “we are using this medium to call on traditional rulers, Obas , leaders and all Yoruba sons and daughters to support the proponents of Oodua Republic.”