Worried by incessant kidnapping, raping of women and underage girls, wanton killing and other vices, the Coalition of Yoruba Interests Group (CYIG) has called for unity among Yorubas that would ensure self-defence and self determination.
The group consisting of stakeholders in the Yoruba Nation made the call during a virtual meeting which was attended by participants from across the world.
It said it was time for Yoruba people to form a common front against various attacks by suspected fulani herdsmen and also speak with one voice in matters affecting the southwest.
In a speech, Chairman of the occasion, Emeritus Prof Wande Abimbola charged the Yorubas to come together as a united force and prevent criminals from destroying their ancestral homeland through persavive insecurity characterised by kidnapping, raping of women and underage girls, wanton killing and other vices.
He lamented the killing being perpetrated in the SouthWest and South East regions of the country calling on President Muhammadu Buhari not to fold his arms over the criminal act.
Also speaking, the leader of Yorubas and Emeritus Professor of History, Banji Akintoye gave historical antecedent of the Fulani and their idea to wipe out the people of the South West and South East commending the Coalition of Yoruba Interests Group for its efforts at uniting the yorubas.
In his Keynote address titled: “ACTIONS OF VIRTUOUS PEOPLE AT A PERILOUS TIME”, the Global Coordinator of the Oodua Action Movement (OAM), Otunba Demola Edward observed that the federal government was not doing enough to protect Nigerians hence the need for the emerging Yoruba Nation to be vision driven and resist attempts by ambitious individuals in pursuit of aggradizement from attaining the pinnacle of power in the country.
His words: “It is our humble opinion that people-oriented visions should be about the common good of those being represented by their elected officers. Suffices to say such ideal is better for the government of the people by the people and for the people.
“Our vision for a better society is for us to ensure that those who cannot separate vision from ambition, and those who are incapable of conceptualizing a vision should not emerge as leaders in Yoruba Land.
Edward appealed to all Yorubas to work together saying “We consider the unity of the Yoruba nation as the key to our victory. And in tandem with the Yoruba dictum that states, Ka f’owo we owo ni owo fi n mo. It is therefore pertinent that all Yoruba of various interests group should come together at this crucial and very critical time in our history to chart a new course for our nation.”
Also, veteran journalist, Akogun Tola Adeniyi in his contribution, said the programme was well conceived stressing that criminals should be flushed out of the Southwest.
The meeting was attended by many illustrious Sons and daughters of Oduduwa.