LAGOS – Aare Ona Kakanfo-in-Council (or Aare-in-Council), the highest decision making organ of the Office of the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, has expressed concern over the spate of insecurity in the country, saying the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is fast losing the war.
The council also said its “people may be forced to press for self-determination as an irrevocable means to take their destiny into their hands”.
Rising from its quarterly meeting, the group, comprising all 36 members from all sectors, raised issues concerning the state of the nation.
In a communiqué signed by Chief Babajide Tanimowo, the Atoloye Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, the council expressed worry that the Federal Government had failed to handle the various security challenges across the country with the desired determination.
The council said it had in its possession credible intelligence –from within and outside the country – of the infiltration of terrorists and killer Fulani herdsmen into the South West region.
“It is worrisome that the intelligence reports at our disposal revealed that about 500 power bikes and assorted armours belonging to the terrorists have been physically sighted along the abandoned Lusada route moving towards Sokoto, from Igbó-ọrà in Ọ̀yọ́ State.
“The Council, therefore, enjoin all South West governors, as well as the governors of Kwara and Kogi states, to emulate the governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, by directing their citizens to apply for gun licence for self-defence against the marauding terrorists and killer herdsmen,” the council said.
The intelligence reports, according to the council, also revealed that suspected ISIS operatives have positioned themselves in Niger State via Ìbàrùbáland and are now within the Òkè-ògùn corridor of Ọ̀yọ́ State.
The group, however, advised the Federal Government and President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent steps to tighten Nigeria’s borders, especially the lengthy and porous borders with northern West African neighbours, with a view to stopping the illegal entry of killer herdsmen and other criminals into the country.
It added: “We call on the Federal Government for an immediate halt to all ethnic and genocidal killings in Nigeria.
“No nation prospers on the blood of the innocent. President Muhammadu Buhari should rise to the occasion and put a stop to the senseless killings in Southern Kaduna, Benue, Plateau and Taraba States, among others.
“Stop this senseless bloodletting now. We say: enough is enough.”
The council also reaffirmed its readiness and commitment towards the preservation of the territorial integrity of the Yoruba nation.
According to the council, “We have resolved to work towards the achievement of the cohesion and unity of all stakeholders in the Yoruba cause, with the fervent belief that such commitment would lead to a greater Yoruba nation where no citizen shall be subjected to inequity, inequality, and deprivation of opportunities and liberty within the Nigerian state.
“The Council also pledges to concentrate all its powers, energies, and our God-given intellect on the onerous task of the preservation of the racial identity and territorial aspirations of the Yoruba nation.
“We are all interested in the preservation of our heritage as a race, our way of life, our patrimony, our culture and traditions, that are so precious to us and which we guard so jealously.
“Since 1991, the Yoruba nation has been clamouring for resource control or restructuring as a basis for equitable co-existence within the Nigerian nation.
“The clarion calls have gone largely unheeded. Now, our people are sick and tired of the deafening silence they have been receiving over time.
“In fact, our people are tired of asking for the smallest, irreducible element of federalism.
“Feelers gathered from Yoruba at home and in diaspora are that with the way things are going, our people may be forced to press for self-determination as an irrevocable means to take their destiny into their hands.
“This has become inevitable because the 60 million strong Yorùbá nation can never, and will never, play second fiddle to anyone, no matter where they find themselves.
“With a 16,000 history and science of existence in their native land, the Yorùbá can never be second class citizens in their own land.
“Therefore, for peace to reign, we genuinely and sincerely advise the President Buhari administration to urgently embark on a just and equitable restructuring of the Nigeria federating units before October 1, 2020, based on the recommendations of the Yoruba Submit Group at its meeting held in July.
“This is a sine qua non (necessary condition) to avoid imminent implosion and possible dismemberment of the country.”
The council also picked holes in the recently signed Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA), and the reintroduction of the vexatious National Water Resources Bill which, it said, was rejected in 2018 by the National Assembly (NASS).
It stressed that the law provides for religious bodies and charity organisations to be regulated by the registrar of the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) and a supervising minister.
“The furore generated by the signing of the law should tell the president that it is an unpopular law.
“The Council condemns it. We believe it will add to the hardship currently suffered by Nigerians.
“We, therefore, ask the president to rescind his decision and withdraw his assent.
“The hallmark of a true leader is to listen and accede to his people’s yearnings. We call on the president to respect the sensitivity of Nigerians and do the needful,” the council stated.”
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