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Tinubu Finally Breaks Silence on Sunday Igboho, Says Yoruba Activist, Others Agitating Wrongly (Details below)



The national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has said that the Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho and others agitating for the break-up of Nigeria are doing so wrongly. News reports that the APC national leader emphasised that unity is key and that the Yoruba and Fulani are one and have to live together.

It was gathered that while speaking at the 12th colloquium to mark his 69th birthday in Kano, Asiwaju Tinubu, said he chose Kano for the colloquium to demonstrate to Nigerians at this critical period that they must remain as One.

The Punch also reports that the former Lagos state governor argued that if Nigeria breaks into smaller countries, he would not have been able to visit Kano without a visa.

Tinubu said:

“Why are we in Kano? It is to demonstrate to Nigerians at this critical time. It is because there is a Fulani man, a herder man who gave his daughter to a farmer, Yoruba man.

And that Fulani, that Yoruba, and some people are agitating wrongly.

Asiwaju Tinubu said everyone should thank Ganduje for what he and the governor had been able to show Nigerians together.

He added:

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“That a Fulani man and a Yoruba man can show the entire nation that in harmony, we can show Nigerians that perseverance creates understanding. It is a common blood that flows through our veins.”

Similarly, the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has distanced itself from the secessionist call being championed by Sunday Igboho.

Sunday Igboho had recently said Yoruba is no longer part of Nigeria, calling on people of the ethnic group residing in the north to go back home.

However, Kunle Olajide, the secretary-general of the YCE said Sunday Igboho does not represent the Yoruba people in his call for secession, The Cable reported .

It was gathers that the YCE secretary general said Nigeria would be stronger if it remained as a unit. Olajide added that the Yoruba people had invested so much in Nigeria’s formation and unity, and it would be unwise for them to seek secession.

He also debunked Igboho’s claim that Yoruba monarchs and elders were behind him.

Olajide said there was no platform where the traditional rulers met with Igboho.

He said the Yoruba people are angry over the “ethnocentric nature” of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

However, he noted that the ethnic group remains part of the country.Olajide urged Igboho and those who believe in his secessionist call to exercise patience.

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In the same vein, the governor of Ekiti state, Kayode Fayemi, has explained that people calling for secession from Nigeria are doing so out of frustration.

According to The Punch, Governor Fayemi told Arise Television on Tuesday, March 23, that such agitation is expected when there are stress and laxity in society.

The governor said:

“Frankly, when you’ve stress and laxity in society, you are bound to find a whole range of responses. Some rational, some irrational, some that speak to the fears of the people, some opportunistic and harebrained.

There’s no question that some of the reactions we’ve seen will fall into all of those categories.” News reported that the governor, however, expressed optimism that the country will overcome its challenges.

He said secession is not the solution to the Nigerian predicament right now.

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