In a recent interview where he spoke on the increased rate of attacks by Fulani herdsmen in Yorubaland, Otunba Gani Adams, the National Coordinator of the Oodua People’s Congress, had quite a lot to say.
Find below 7 things about the Yoruba race, as explained by Otunba Gani Adams.
1. Fulani herdsmen are perpetual threats to Yoruba people
What we said at the meeting was that as citizens of Nigeria, we have right to protection. We realized that the Fulani crisis with our people has been on for close to 18 years and there have been lots of incidents that attest to that.
We also realized that most of the kidnapping in Ondo, Ekiti and Oyo states are being perpetuated by Fulani herdsmen. We took a decision that if the Federal Government fails to protect us, we have right to self determination.
2. Yoruba people in other parts of the country are peaceful
“We are not saying anyone should leave the South West because we want development and the contribution of non Yorubas cannot be quantified. But that does not mean that some of them should threaten our territories.
We have so many Yoruba people in the north and I have not heard of a situation where a Yoruba man will kidnap a commoner not to talk of a personality. They will not go beyond the boundaries. We cannot say because we want development, we should therefore allow our territory to be threatened.”
3. Yoruba people will not condone threats to their dignitaries.
It is uncalled for that the caliber of Chief Olu Falae, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, should be kidnapped. After paying ransom, he was released and some few days later, the Fulani herdsmen still invaded his farm and destroyed his crop.
Any sensible race will not keep quiet over such an incident. Three days after the Yoruba summit, the kidnappers were apprehended by the security agencies.”
4. Yoruba land is a key part of Nigeria that must be protected
“We have right to self determination and it is a position that we will continue to push if the federal government refuses to provide us with enough security. The South West is the economic nerve centre of the country and when you allow such security lapses in the South West, it will affect the country.”
5. Yoruba people are sensitive to words
“For Kwakwanso to condemn our position, he does not have the right to do so. I have never heard or seen Kwakwanso condemn the activities of Boko Haram. For him to support those who kidnap in the South West, it shows that he would not have been a good leader if he had emerged president of Nigeria. I will advise the former governor that he should be careful with his words because Yorubas are too sensitive.”
6. The Yoruba race must not be toyed with
“Can anyone from the South West go to Kano and make statements against the Arewa Consultative Forum and not be lynched? How can someone come to the South West and condemn what its leaders and elders have said? Yoruba is a unique race that nobody should toy with because we contributed to the survival of democracy.”
7. You cannot betray Yoruba people and go unpunished
“I am disappointed that some younger Yoruba people supported what Kwakwanso said. Some of them do not have political orientation, all they do is support any cause without having any background information. One of them is Professor Daudu Noibi, who in an advert in one of the national newspapers, hurled abusive words at Yoruba leaders and elders over their position. I see him being used for political gain and money. I know some people are using this Professor Noibi for political gain but he should be careful and I also want our leaders and elders to beam their searchlight on him. There is no way you betray the Yoruba race and go scot free.”