*asks South West Governors to set aside constitutional objectives and defend their people
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Leader of the umbrella body of all Yoruba Self determination groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye,on Monday alerted that Yorubaland has been surrounded by gunmen suspected to be bandits.
Professor Akintoye raised the alarm in a statement personally signed by him made available to journalists in Ibadan by his Communications Manager, Mr. Maxwell Adeleye,
The Ilana Omo Oodua leader said the time has come for the South West Governors to put aside constitutional objections and defend their people considering the fact that Federal Government has failed to defend Yorubaland.
According to Professor Akintoye, the last Saturday late night attack on Igangan by the bandits has clearly showed that Yorubaland has been surrounded by the bandits.
“Yoruba land has been surrounded, and we must act now. It must now be clear to all Yoruba people of all classes and economic circumstances that war has come in a big way to our homeland. This war has been coming relentlessly for five years, but some of our own people failed to understand the full intent and impact of it”, he said.
Professor Akintoye added, ” some have thought the answer is to do one constitutional or political thing to Nigeria and the war would go away. But we must now all know that such propositions concerning Nigeria are blatantly unrealistic.”.
He stressed, ” and indeed these endanger Yorubaland, the Yoruba people and the Yoruba civilization by diverting the attention of our people from the manifest reality of our time. We now call on all Yoruba people at home and abroad to focus on the danger of the moment in a manner that will be powerful enough to preserve our nation and civilization.”
” First, we call on our State Governors to push aside all the constitutional objections that have been constantly raised from certain quarters whenever our governors have taken measures to defend our people In the light of all the foregoing, we call on all our governors to stop letting objections by federal officials to obstruct the defence of our peoples.”
He stressed, ” we call on all Yoruba people to rise up as one to defeat this danger. We Yoruba have a proud history that we have never been conquered. Let us not succumb to conquest now. Let us thank the countless young people of our land who have been standing up against the invasion of our land.”
Professor Akintoye then commended Governor Rotimi Akeredolu as well as other SW West governors on their stand over the Igangan killings, saying, “we are particularly grateful to Governor Akeredolu of Ondo State and all other Governors who support him in the patriotic and manly statement that he has issued on the Igangan disaster.”