By Chris Udochukwu
Abuja (Precise Post) – Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ife Adams has said thatNo fewer than 500 armed men are in a vantage position to attack Yorubaland, Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ife Adams has said.
He spoke through the Aare In Council after an emergency meeting held this week.
The Council also said the restructuring of Nigeria is more important than any Yoruba becoming the President of Nigeria in 2023, Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland has said.
Ààrẹ Ona Kakanfo-in-Council said it has in its possession credible intelligence, gathered from within and outside the country, which strongly indicates the infiltration of terrorists and killer Fulani herdsmen in the region.
“More worrisome, the intelligence report also reveals that suspected ISIS operatives have already positioned themselves in Niger State via Ìbàrùbáland and are now within the Òkè-ògùn corridor of Ọ̀yọ́ State. Indeed, the intel also reveal that about 500 power bikes and assorted armour 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, enjoined all Southwest governors, as well as the Governors of Kwara and Kogi States, to emulate the Governor of Benue State, Mr Samuel Ortom, by directing their citizens to apply for gun licence for self-defence against the marauding terrorists and killer
herdsmen,” the Council stated
In a communique issued at the end of the meeting the Yoruba traditional war commander said the Yoruba nation is under intense pressure to push for self determination.
The communique signed by Chief Babajide Tanimowo, Atoloye Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland on behalf of the the Aare in Council condemned siege on Yorubaland by armed Fulani men.
The Council said it’s intelligence report indicated that the armed man are stationed close to the borders of Oyo State towards Sokoto, the Northern caliphate city.
At the extraordinary meeting presided over by the Ààrẹ Ọ̀nà Kakaǹfò of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, took far reaching decisions on some pertinent issues affecting the Yoruba nation vis-à-vis its strategic interest within the Nigerian union with recommendations made.
The Ààrẹ Ọ̀nà Kakaǹfò of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, and his Chiefs in the Ààrẹ Ọ̀nà Kakaǹfò-in-Council, restated their resolve and commitment to the preservation of the territorial integrity of the Yoruba Nation.
The Council also restates its resolute resolve 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 stated ‘For the avoidance of doubt, the Council pledges to concentrate all its powers, energies and our God-given intellect into the onerous task of the preservation of the racial identity and territorial aspirations of the Yoruba Nation” the Council stated.
The Council lamented the pile up of debts and the growing poverty across the land.
The Aare Ona Kakanfo-in-Council strongly 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.
The Council called for an immediate halt to all ethnic and genocidal killings in Nigeria.
The Council stated “No nation prospers on the blood of the innocent. President Muhammadu Buhari, 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.”
The Council said the clamor by the Yorùbá for effective and adequate security architecture for the region goes beyond Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn or any form of self-help adding that it is all about the preservation of Yoruba heritage as a race.
The Council said “Since 1991, the Yoruba have 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.”
It said that feelers gathered from Yorubas at home and in the diaspora is that with the way things are going, Yoruba 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. 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 Aare OnaKakanfo-in-Council noted, with sadness, the surreptitious attempts by the Federal Government to smuggle the rejected RUGA policy with its toxic provision to annex the ancestral lands of the indigenous peoples with the active connivance of the 9th National Assembly.
The Council stated “This will not work. Of a truth, we have resolved to do everything possible to make sure no inch of Yorubaland is ceded to the FulaniNO INCH OF under whatsoever nomenclature.