It’s Thursday and Newsbreak.ng travels back in time to May 24, 2021, when a former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode knocked ex-governor of Lagos State, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, for distancing himself from the creation of a Yoruba Nation.
Fani-Kayode is the incumbent Director of Special Media Projects and Operations of the Tinubu/Kashim Shettima Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) in respect of the 2023 election. He is also a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Abuja, a party he officially rejoined in September 2021.
APC South-West leaders held a meeting at the time (May 2021) where they condemned the agitation for the creation of ‘Yoruba Nation’, championed by Sunday Adeyemo ‘Igboho’.
The leaders also backed the ban on open grazing by Southern Governors and called for the restructuring of Nigeria.
Reacting to the meeting, Fani-Kayode accused the APC South-West leaders of begging and lobbying the separatists behind closed doors, only to berate them in public.
“One of the lessons that Bola Tinubu and those with him will soon learn is that it is a very dangerous thing and an exercise in futility to move against a moving train. Those that met in Lagos yesterday (May 23, 2021) only represented their own narrow mindset and band of thinking and their political party,” Fani-Kayode, who was a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said via Twitter.
“They didn’t represent the position of the Yoruba people. There are 70 million Yorubas in the world today and Tinubu does not speak for or lead most of them.
“He only leads part of the APC in parts of the SW and those that are with him are mainly members of the fading ruling elite.
“If there is a referendum on self-determination in the SW tomorrow these characters would be flushed down the toilet & thrown into the dustbin of history.
“The way to counter those that want to exercise their right of self-determination and leave Nigeria is not to act as if they do not exist, impose your will on them, dismiss them with contempt and attempt to publicly rubbish & dismiss their legitimate concerns and aspirations but instead to try and understand where they are coming from, assuage their fears and anxieties, negotiate with them & give them guarantees about their place & role in a new & restructured Nigeria.
“Outside of that, it is only a question of time before they break away and determine their own future. Tinubu does not control the streets of the SW: the Yoruba nationalists and separatists do.
“Those that met in Lagos only represent a tiny group of those in the Southwest. They cow-tow to, beg and lobby the separatists behind closed doors and they condemn and disown them before the world. Such intellectual dishonesty, doublespeak and cowardice are reprehensible.”