Yoruba activist and separatist agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, Popularly referred to as Sunday Igboho yesterday during the Yoruba Nation rally declared that elections would no longer be allowed to hold in all Yorubaland until the South West region of Nigeria became an independent nation.
Sunday Igboho who spoke in the Yoruba language at the Yoruba nation rally in Osogbo, Osun State which was held at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, where he called upon his supporters to stop attacking the South-West governors because they were also in support of their cause but can’t openly declare it the Federal Government might stop paying their monthly allocations if they openly show support for the cause of an independent Yoruba nation.
Sunday Igboho also went on to call for an immediate end to the prosecution of Oodua People’s Congress members, who arrested Isikilu Wakili in Igangan, Oyo State, the agitator condemned the killing of residents of Iseyin by Customs men, saying failure to prosecute criminal herdsmen had emboldened them to commit more atrocities in the region.
“All our governors are with us. From Oyo, Ogun and Ondo to Ekiti, Lagos and Osun, they are supporting us, but they can’t do it openly. Allocation they give them in Abuja may stop if they do it openly. So, don’t abuse them again. Governor (Gboyega) Oyetola was informed I will be in Osun and he allowed us to come here. All our monarchs are with us.
“We are also demanding an immediate end to the prosecution of OPC men that were arrested in Ibarapa land. That is part of the injustice we are talking about. They are still locked up. They didn’t commit any crime. They only stopped and arrested criminals. All the heads of the military, paramilitary, and police are Fulani men. We won’t have anything to do with them again.”
Sunday Igboho insisted that the Yoruba people would no longer be part of Nigeria, saying lopsidedness in sharing leadership positions in the military and paramilitary, and high crime rate linked to Fulani herders across the region would not end until the Yoruba became an independent nation.
He also demanded immediate action by all stakeholders in the region to actualize an independent Yoruba nation, saying if they acted otherwise, the people would revolt against them.
Despite the heavy presence of the police, NSCDC and the Department of State Services, the participants entered the venue and staged the rally.
In his remarks, ex-Director General, National Troupe, Akin Adejuwon, said the group, Ilana Omo Oodua, was behind the rally, meant to sensitize them on why they should stop a “gradual takeover” of their land by Fulani bandits.
He said, “The rally is to sensitise people, especially the youth, because they own the land and some Fulani bandits are gradually taking over the land which belongs to our youth. Once they grab the message, 1,000 Fulani bandits would no longer be able to confront them. We are doing sensitisation across major cities in Yorubaland.”
However, Senator Shehu Sani, who represented Kaduna Central in the 8th Senate, said the rainfall that “dispersed” the agitators at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park was a “divine message” for them to change their minds and embrace a united Nigeria.
Sani, in a tweet, said, “The heavy rainfall that dispersed the separatist agitators in Osogbo is a divine message for them to change course and work for the unity of our country. The idea of an ethnic or religious purist state stems from a xenophobic mind intolerant to co-existence.”