Professional-Yoruba nation agitators have discovered themselves in a repair: They both topic to their conventional rulers and neglect their agitation or danger their anger as they push for a Yoruba republic.
It provokes curiosity many Yoruba conventional rulers are actually talking in opposition to the transfer by the southwest secessionist teams.
In all probability, the promoters of Ilana Omo Oodua and others, particularly its pointman Sunday Adeyemo, who’s kicking his heels in Beninese jail, and the 84-year-old founder Prof Banji Akintoye, who has equally fled the nation, learn their obas incorrect whereas the group stormed the southwest with their Oodua Nation rally months in the past.
These conventional rulers who watched them, and possibly hosted Adeyemo and his teams, are actually warning in opposition to secession or any sort of agitation to interrupt Yoruba away from Nigeria.
9 of these southwest conventional rulers simply informed an anti-secession group, the Yoruba Appraisal Discussion board, secession is a no.
Olubadan of Ibadanland in Oyo State, Oba Saliu Adetunji; Soun of Ogbomosoland, Oyo State, Oba Jimoh Oyewunmi Ajagungbade III; Olowo of Owo, Ondo State, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin, Ogunoye III; Oluwo of Iwoland in Osun State, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi; Onisan of Isan-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Oba Gabriel Adejuwon Adetila; Olu of Moloko-Asipa, Igbore, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Oba Nureni Nasiru Adesina; and the Elemure of Emure-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Oba Emmanuel Adebowale Adebayo—all of them informed the group’s Nationwide Coordinator, Adeshina Animashaun, Yoruba desires peace. Not warfare.
In a press release, YAF quoted the royal fathers as saying the Yoruba race would acquire nothing however solely lose out in any violent confrontation with the Federal Authorities and the remainder of the nation.
The Olubadan mentioned: “I’m joyful over your go to to my palace. I can see the knowledge in what you’re doing. So many issues are occurring at this time limit. I wish to guarantee you that the Yoruba aren’t sleeping or docile. My prayer is that Yorubaland won’t expertise any chaos or violence. Earlier than we’re all Nigerians, we’re in the beginning Yoruba.
Oba Oyewunmi warned these agitating for a separate Yoruba Nation to perish the thought.
“Which ethnic group in Nigeria is the biggest? You’re speaking about 2023 elections. I feel the bulk will all the time carry the vote. This you shouldn’t neglect. That is one space you must work on,” he mentioned.
“Speaking about agitations for secession, the place will the Yoruba go to? God created us all to reside collectively. I bear in mind once we had three areas, we had been cooperating and doing issues collectively and there was no drawback. Whenever you had been all voting then, no person talked about secession, why ought to we now be speaking about division. If we secede, the place will we wish to go now?”
The Olowo of Owo, Oba Ajibade Gbadegesin Ogunoye III, mentioned there isn’t a foundation for the agitation for the secession of Yorubaland from the remainder of the nation.
“If we are able to return to true Federalism, the whole lot might be superb for Nigeria. For now, there isn’t a foundation for agitations for secession. Earlier than independence, the realisation of the truth that we’re of various ethnic nationalities necessitated the adoption of true Federalism. Might God assist us. Yorubaland received’t disintegrate or be destroyed,” the Olowo informed the YAF delegation at his palace in Owo, Ondo State.
The Oluwo of Iwoland in Osun State, Oba AbdulRasheed Adewale Akanbi, throughout the go to to his palace by YAF, expressed his opposition to any plan by the Yoruba to interrupt away from the remainder of Nigeria.
Oba Akanbi, represented by the Aro of Iwo, Chief Ola Iyanu Oluwa, mentioned warfare is rarely predictable.
“Though we’re not joyful, we’re not happy with the way in which issues are in Nigeria, we’ve been listening to folks speaking about secession, Yoruba Nation and all that. We’re praying that God ought to assist rearrange Nigeria. We all know the end result might be a constructive one as long as all of us have good intention to make Nigeria higher. So, all of the actions you’re taking are passable to us and will God grant you success,” he mentioned.
Whereas additionally receiving the YAF group at his palace in Isa-Ekiti in Ekiti State, the Onisan of Isan-Ekiti, Oba Gabriel Ayodele Adejuwon Adetila, Ilufemiloye I, mentioned it was inconceivable for Yorubaland to secede from Nigeria.
Oba Adetila mentioned: “We should observe the proper path to make sure unity and peace. What has been militating in opposition to unity in Yorubaland is private pursuits of the people. Everyone is preventing and struggling to attain his political goal. If we’re speaking about Oodua Nation, it’s an excellent factor however it may possibly nonetheless exist inside a united Nigeria.”
The Elemure of Emure-Ekiti, Oba Emmanuel Adebowale Adebayo, who additionally hosted the YAF delegation in his palace in Emure-Ekiti, Ekiti State, warned Yoruba youths to not permit themselves for use by politicians to foment hassle below the guise of agitating for Yoruba nation.
“No one must be pondering of preventing any warfare. Whoever desires to combat warfare ought to withdraw all his kids in America and UK again residence to combat,” Oba Adebayo mentioned.
Whereas welcoming the YAF delegation to his palace in Abeokuta, Ogun State, the Olu of Moloku-Asipa, Igbore, Abeokuta, Oba Nureni Nasiru Adesina, mentioned the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo, has all the time insisted on peaceable co-existence all through his area and Nigeria at giant.
For the agitators already within the clasp of the federal authorities, there’s not a lot going fr them.
Al the efforts Ooni of Ife Oab Eniitan Ogunwusi, the Afenifere, via the company of former President Olusegun Obasanjo, have yielded no fruit as Adeyemo, aka Igboho, stays in jail, and would possibly finally be returned to Nigeria.