IGBOHO CALLS FOR THE SECESSION OF YORUBA LAND, THREATENS TO REOPEN SOUTHWEST BORDERS
Sunday Igboho a Yoruba activist has called for the Secession of the Yorubas from Nigeria.
Igboho who championed the exit of Fulanis accused of perpetuating crimes in Oyo state appealed to the global community and the United Nation to come and separate the Yorubas from the Nigeria state peacefully before things go beyond control and spirals into war.
He said: “ As it stands now, we are no longer under Nigeria. If they don't (the international community) intervene, it will go beyond control. We have gone beyond the point where we keep quiet, we are no longer scared to voice out.”
Igboho insinuated that the traditional leaders in Yoruba land are solidly behind the clamour for a Yoruba state and dared any monarch with dissenting opinion to speak up.
“Yoruba man, you will see that we are united. All our Kings are solidly behind us, any of them that want to deny is should make a press conference, let's see. He won't see the light of the next day!”
The Yoruba activist threatened to open borders in the South West that were closed by the Federal Government as part of measures to boost local production and curb the infiltration of arms.
Read the translated version of Igboho’s speech below:
"Why are we being slaves in our fathers' land,why are we being enslaved in our own land? The people that call themselves Senators& leaders will be going in traffic & see 4 & 5-year-olds selling popcorn& puff-puff & they will buy & eat, have you seen that they are not worthy to be called leaders, therefore we reject them as leaders. The Yorubas that are everywhere are larger than most countries, therefore we call on the global community & United Nations to come & separate us, we are no longer interested in being part of Nigeria before this becomes war, they need to intervene because we want to go. As it stands now, we are no longer under Nigeria. If they don't intervene, it will go beyond control. We have gone beyond the point where we keep quiet, we are no longer scared to voice out.
We are not safe anywhere, we can't sleep in peace, we can't travel in peace, what have we done? Are we slaves? We don't do wrong by existing, we only chose the wrong leaders and we are saying enough of enough! It's tinker in Lagos, Apapa, the directors are Fulani men.
The two ports we have, the controllers are Fulanis we don't want them anymore! Seme borders we don't want Fulanis there anymore! When Baba finish talking now, we the Yorubas here will have a crucial meeting, we are going to open the borders, let's start allowing goods to enter!
The borders that the NIGERIAN Government closed, we are opening it all, we are no longer interested in being part of Nigeria! Whatever you want to do to us, we are ready! I'm talking to Yoruba indigenes! You can stand aside & say there is no unity among us, but touch a single
Yoruba man, you will see that we are united. All our Kings are solidly behind us, any of them that want to deny is should make a press conference, let's see. He won't see the light of the next day! My advice to the Yorubas in the North is to find your way back home.
Start coming home, it is time! We have suffered enough, let's not fight among each other, let's Unite for a common cause, it is time to come home. That's all I have to say".
- Sunday Igboho, Ibadan, 17th March, 2021.