Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Hunters Group, Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Isokan Ile Yoruba, Community Society Awareness Initiative and Ibarapa Group have vowed to protect every Yoruba against killer herdsmen.
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The groups said this in a communique released after their meeting in Lagos on Friday.
The groups, under the aegis of South-West Security Stakeholders, also asked Obas and traditional leaders of Yorubaland to invite them whenever they are in need of security assistance.
“The meeting reviewed recent security concerns in the nation generally and Oodua land in particular.
“The meeting shared the concern of the people in general and prominent Nigerians especially about the security situation in the land,” the communique read.
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“The meeting noted the exasperation inherent in the statement of Chief of Defence Staff of the nation calling on Nigerians to defend themselves. This is clearly an official endorsement of self-defence.
“The meeting feared the situation if not addressed signals a grievous national crisis. The meeting, therefore, called on the government to quickly arrest the apparent descent into anarchy.
“The meeting aligned with the call of the governors of South-West that President Muhammadu Buhari should prove his innocence in the carnage being perpetrated by herders by not only unambiguously condemning the nefarious acts but also take clear steps to exterminate it.
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“The meeting stressed the point that multinational states such as Nigeria must be built on respect for different human components making up the sovereign nation.”
“The meeting re-emphasised the call for a return to pure federalism, which was the political arrangement leaders of the nation endorsed by leaders of the nation at independence. This will allow various nations in the country to take proper control of their affairs including security.
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“Meanwhile, the meeting urged Obas and traditional leaders of Yorubaland not to hesitate to invite any of the groups listed above in the event of any threat to the security of every Yorubaman by invading groups anywhere in our land.”