Again, Yoruba threaten to secede from Nigeria
* Accuse FG, Miyetti Allah of sponsoring killings
* Say Nigeria now ‘den of hell ‘
By Steve Oko
The Yoruba tribe has again, threatened to cease from being part of Nigeria and declare her own soverighty if President Muhammadu Buhari -led Federal Government fails to quickly rein in the Fulani socio-cultural body, the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association.
This position was made open Sunday by the Pan-Yoruba Socio-Cultural Group, Yoruba Ko’ya Movement which urged Buhari to rise above ethnic bigotry and put a stop to consistent attacks on lives, peace, economy and unity of Nigeria by Miyetti Allah.
The group Convener, Otunba ‘Deji Osibogun, threatened that refusal to checkmate the excess of Miyetti Allah will give Yoruba people no option than to exit Nigeria.
The group said it is alarming that Miyetti Allah leaders would consistently go on both Local and international television stations including Newspapers to harass, threaten, intimidate and insult stakeholders in Nigeria.
He called on President Buhari to exhibit patriotism and courage and put an end to the malady.
Below is the full text of a statement issued by the group : “While we do not want to dwell in the realm of rumours, however, we are forced to state very expressly that the threat to life and admission to mass murder by identifiable and known leaders of Miyetti Allah without any word of caution or arrest by law enforcement agencies in the country led credence to the fact that Miyetti Allah are carrying out the briefs of some invincible forces at the corridor of power in Abuja or elsewhere.
“A mere trade union from a tribe continue to heat-up the polity while others shiver and shake in their pants for fear of attack yet no arrest by our security formations. These murderous elements are so courageous that they appeared live on national Televisions to attack a whole region comprising of over 50 million people yet the agencies sworn to protect the lives and property of the people are acting like everything is normal. We say without any fear or intimidation that this is an antithesis of a strong and united nation.
“We, Yoruba people, therefore, want to put the Buhari administration on notice that we are not scared of any of these mindless and senseless statements from the hoodlums that the Nigerian government is obviously aiding and abetting. We wish to inform them that we shall protect our land and people with all the resources God has provided and blessed us with.
“In addition to the foregoing, we are putting the Federal Government on notice that if nothing radical and patriotic is done to stop the ongoing mayhem and open threats to our people by Miyetti Allah, we shall mobilize our people to take all democratic steps to ensure our safety and continuous existence as a nation within the Nigerian Federation which may include a Declaration of our Sovereignty or Our Exit from the Nation of Nigeria because we can no longer guarantee our Comfort, Safety and Existence within this Den of Hell.”