Shehu Sani, a former senator, has said the heavy rainfall which disrupted proceedings at the Yoruba Nation Rally in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, on Saturday was a “divine message” to the agitators to desist from their current line of action.
Sani, who represented Kaduna Central Senatorial District in the eighth National Assembly, said this in a Twitter post on Saturday.
It was learnt that the rally, which was initially stopped by the police but later held, was eventually disrupted by thunderstorms and rain.
Following the disruption, Sani lambasted the agitators for holding such an event demanding the secession of the Yoruba race instead of working for the unity of Nigeria.
According to the former lawmaker, the call for an “ethnic purist state” comes from the mind of those who are averse to peaceful co-existence and tolerance.
The Heavy rainfall that dispersed the separatists agitators in Osogbo is a Devine message for them to change cause and work for the unity of our country.The idea of an ethnic or religious purist state stems from a xenophobic mind intolerant to co-existence.
— Senator Shehu Sani (@ShehuSani) May 15, 2021
The agitators in support of the rally had regrouped under November 27 Bridge along Osogbo/Gbongan Road, Osogbo, and had in attendance Sunday Adeyemo, a Yoruba rights activist popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
The agitators, who are demanding the secession of the Yorubas from Nigeria, carried placards with various inscriptions such as “We want Freedom” and “Omo Yoruba Ile Ti Ya” among others.
Igboho at the rally emphasised the need for an independent Yoruba nation, insisting that Nigeria’s unity as one country is no longer acceptable.
According to him, the Yoruba nation must leave Nigeria now, saying that the Yoruba people are no more slaves to the northerners.
The rights activist also said that here will be no election in Yoruba land in 2023.