Self Determination: “Yoruba people are ready to leave Nigeria” – Prof. Akintoye writes Buhari

Renowned historian and leader of an umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups: ‘Ilana Omo Oodua’, Prof. Banji Akintoye, has written to President Muhammadu Buhari notifying him of the intention of the Yoruba ‘nation’ to leave Nigeria.

In a letter dated August 6, 2022, Akintoye reportedly told Buhari that the letter was to formally give him “notice of the decision of the overwhelming majority of our Yoruba nation and people to exercise our right to self-determination to have our independent and sovereign country separate from the country of Nigeria”. According to him, it was to formally inform Buhari that “we desire to commence this process of self-determination officially so as to establish our independent and sovereign country as soon as possible, hopefully in constructive dialogue with the Government of Nigeria”, he stated, in the letter.

The letter further read in part: “We can no longer continue to watch as we face the probable extermination of our people through the unprovoked and persistent aggression by another ethnic group with which we are living together in the same country”. According to him, the people of the South-West region have been attacked by heavily-armed marauders and militias,  whom he said “have been invading our homeland for many years from the Northern part of the country of Nigeria to which we belong”.

In the letter, the Chairman proposed, amongst others: “That the Nigerian Federal Government, in view of the serious urgency of the situation, shall, within the coming days, but not later than Friday September 30, 2022, inform us that they have graciously agreed to our proposal for negotiation and that they have set up a negotiation team that will meet and dialogue with our Yoruba nation’s representatives.

The Professor also condemned the incessant killings being perpetrated by some criminal elements across the country. According to him, “Nigeria has become so grossly insecure that even you, Mr. President, cannot travel the roads in various parts of Nigeria with complete confidence that you will be safe from attacks by terrorists and bandits along your way.

“In short, Mr. President, in the past seven years, Nigeria has enabled terrorists and bandits to acquire so much clout and confidence that Nigeria is now incapable of controlling them or their activities, as a result of which some foreign countries are now classifying Nigeria as a ‘State sponsor of terror’,” it added.

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