*says it is a call for war, bloodshed, ask Yorubas to shun planned Oct 1 rally
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) and the National Council of Muslim Youth Organizations (NACOMYO) on Tuesday said the agitation for Oduduwa Republic is unwarranted, uncalled for, ill-motivated and devilish.
Speaking at a joint press conference in Ibadan organised by the Muslim Students Society of Nigeria (MSSN) and NACOMYO, MSSN B-Zone Amir, Barrister Qaasim Odedeji asked Yoruba people and the entire South West to shun the agitators and the planned rally slated for October 1.
The MSSN B zone Amir who pointed out that Muslims in the South West will not be part of any agitation for the creation of Oduduwa Republic and the planned protest slated for October 1st asked all Yoruba people and the South West people in general to shun any rally in the name of Oduduwa Republic,
“The secessionist groups have not only chosen a name for their proposed republic, they have also designed its currency which has been paraded on social media. In order to gain a global attention for their agitation, Yoruba World Congress has planned a rally to be held on the 1st day of October, the Nigeria Independence Day”, he said.
Barrister Odedeji stressed “it is a good development that many other Yoruba groups and some eminent personalities in Yorubaland have dissociated themselves from secessionists agenda and their planned October 1 rally.”
“Gentlemen of the press, when we are also not oblivious of the constitutional right to freedom of expression, we also believe it is clearly wrong to speak on behalf of the entire Yoruba people on such a serious issue like secession without the consent and approval of critical stakeholders that our organisations represent.We appeal to all Nigerians to put all hands on deck towards ensuring development of one Nigeria”.
He added “nations are built on visions, ideals and values while peace is the most desired by us all as violence is too expensive to pay its due. Finally, we call on all Nigerians especially our respected Yoruba brothers and sisters to shun any rally in the name of Oduduwa Republic”.
Speaking further, Barrister Odedeji said, “we however, to make our voice louder and speak in one voice, as the major Muslim Youths of Yoruba extraction, condemn in stronger term any agitation for secession or creation of Oduduwa Republic”.
“It is our considered view that the agitation is not only unwarranted and uncalled for, it is also ill-motivated and devilish. It is a call for war and bloodshed and we, as critical stakeholders will not allow individuals or group of people acting in their own selfish and parochial interest, to drag us into unnecessary war”.
He emphasized that “it becomes more worrisome and the need for our intervention when the secessionists, in their cunning way of claiming support of Muslims suddenly gave birth to a “Yoruba Jamatru Islam” a faceless group existing only in the imagination of their fake sponsors”, saying, any Muslim that understands Islam will not fight based on ethnicity, Any Muslim who understands what Islam means will not support that agitation.”
“The Holy Prophet (SAW) said that he is not part of us who fights on the basis of ethnicsm. He is not part of us who dies on the basis of ethnicsm. In Oyo state, Lagos, Osun, Ogun, Ondo and Ekiti, are our leaders Hausa or Igbo. Is Oyo state better governed, is Osun, Ekiti and other states in the South West better governed? It is some people who are looking for money to eat they are calling for Oduduwa republic. Are we the only group in Nigeria, is Nigeria for only three ethnic groups. If anyone is claiming to be marginalized, it should not be Yoruba.”.ENDS.