By Ariwodola Idowu
The Agbajowo Advocacy for Yoruba People’s Rights (AAYPR), a pan Yoruba socio-cultural organization, has rejected ongoing claims of secession from parts of the country.
The group, which particularly condemned the call for the break-up of the country and the secession of the Yoruba from Nigeria, made this known in a statement issued to Ado-Ekiti on Sunday after its monthly meeting.
The statement, signed jointly by its national president and media and advertising director Otunba Muyideen Olamoyegun and Oluwasola Ibukun, respectively, warned that the division of the country would complicate matters.
Rather, the Yoruba group spoke of the need for continued unity between people of Yoruba origin and Nigerians in general.
The group explained that it was more concerned with consolidating the age-old bond of relationship that existed between the tribes to bring about the progress and cohesion of the country.
He urged Nigerians not to be distracted by some Yoruba elders’ call for separation, noting that there is no time when Yoruba rulers have met and discussed whatever it is on the rupture with the current Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group suggested that it was better to insist on the need to restructure the country in all its ramifications rather than on disintegration.
“To be honest with ourselves, the current secession claim will not yield any positive results.
“What the country needs to do right now is campaign for restructuring, tackle the current rise in crime, rising food prices, youth unemployment and epileptic power supply in the country,” among others.
“It is pathetic at this point that some Southwest elders are at the forefront of those defending the division, forgetting that we have five other geopolitical zones in this country.
“It is not wise for the Yoruba to join in any clamor for the division of the country at this historic moment,” the statement read in part.
He stressed the need for the Yoruba race to remain monolithic within the Nigerian nation so that they are not sidelined halfway and left behind in the scheme of things.
Drawing an inference from the recent resignation notice reportedly issued by Arewa youth in the northern part of the country to the Yoruba living on their land as another big lesson for the Yoruba, he said the time had come for Nigerians to be aware of their statements and actions.
The group lamented what it described as the formation of several dissident associations within the Yoruba race, against the popular Afenifere and AAYPR groups which it said were the only recognized voices of the Yoruba race during the Group ‘s period. action of the late western region.
The AAYPPR said the formation of the groups, each claiming their own identity and drawing supporters along political lines and showing allegiance to individuals rather than the collective advantages of the race, could portend great danger to the Yoruba. .
“We believe that the time has come for all Yoruba rulers who have the interest of the people of the race to come together to move people forward.
“The current situation where we have several associations in the process of forming and are perceived as being divided according to a political and group ideology is not healthy for the progress of our people.
“Since the passing of our much revered sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, and Chief Adekunle Ajasin, it has become almost impossible to find another person who will command the kind of respect the duo enjoyed during their lifetime.
“Although some of our leaders have tried to fill the void left by these two leaders, the process has become almost impossible due to the influence of some politicians who have infiltrated their ranks, thus truncating the vision of our former leaders. .
“However, since the Yoruba race cannot continue to move like a ship without a captain, it became important to all the leaders of the race who meant well that the people come together and form a common front while abandoning their political affiliations. “, press release advised. (NOPE)
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