Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, has said all South-west governors are in support of the agitation for Yoruba Nation.
Igboho said this on Saturday, while addressing his supporters at a Yoruba nation rally held at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park in Osogbo, Osun State, according to The PUNCH.
The activist, who spoke in Yoruba language, told his supporters to stop attacking governors from the region, saying they cannot openly associate with the agitation because the Federal Government may stop their monthly allocation if they do so.
While speaking at the event, Igboho also declared that election will no longer take place in the south-west until Yoruba Nation is granted independence.
“I can’t be cowed or intimidated. They said I would be arrested. Who would dare do that? We are no longer part of Nigeria. We won’t have anything to do with them again. There is no election again in Yorubaland until we have a Yoruba nation. Those in authority initially thought we were joking when we demanded an independent Yoruba nation,” he said.
“All our governors are with us. From Oyo, Ogun and Ondo to Ekiti, Lagos and Osun, they are supporting us, but they can’t do it openly. Allocation they give them in Abuja may stop if they do it openly. So, don’t abuse them again. Governor (Gboyega) Oyetola was informed I will be in Osun and he allowed us to come here. All our monarchs are with us.
“We are also demanding an immediate end to prosecution of OPC men that were arrested in Ibarapa land. That is part of the injustice we are talking about. They are still locked up. They didn’t commit any crime. They only stopped and arrested criminals. All the heads of the military, paramilitary and police are Fulani men. We won’t have anything to do with them again.”
While calling for an immediate end to the prosecution of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) members, who arrested Isikilu Wakili in Igangan, Oyo State, he condemned the killing of residents of Iseyin by Customs officials.
He said failure to prosecute criminal herdsmen have emboldened them to commit more atrocities in the region.
Igboho insisted that the Yoruba people will no longer be part of Nigeria, saying lopsidedness in sharing leadership positions in the military and paramilitary, and high crime rate linked to Fulani herders across the region would not end until the Yoruba become an independent nation.
He also demanded immediate action by all stakeholders in the region to actualise an independent Yoruba nation, adding that the people will revolt against them if they do otherwise.
There was heavy presence of the police and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) at the venue before the rally held, forcing the organisers to change their plan.
It was also reported that operatives of Amotekun corps were strategically positioned in the area, to prevent participants from accessing the venue.