Yoruba Nation Activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, alias Sunday Igboho, has described as misleading the categorisation of the agitation for the Yoruba Nation as part of the threats to Nigeria’s peace, and advised that the military should concentrate on fighting terrorism.
“This is just a figment of their own imagination, which should be ignored by discerning Nigerians and other relevant stakeholders,” Igboho said.
He was reacting to a remark credited to the Director of Defence Media Operations, Maj Gen Edward Buba, who listed the Yoruba self-determination movement as a threat to the peace in the South-West zone.
While addressing defence correspondents in Abuja on Friday, Buba claimed that security threats in various geopolitical zones differed, and that the major threat in the South-West was Yoruba Nation agitators.
Responding to the categorisation, however, Igboho, in a statement in Ibadan, Oyo State, said the Federal Government under the leadership of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu should disregard such security report, which he described as blackmail.
“We take exception to the wrong and baseless position of the Director of Defence Media Operations, Buba, for identifying the Yoruba Nation agitators as a major threat to the peace in the South-West.
“This is not only far from the truth but also a flimsy excuse, which showcased the failure of the military to tackle the menace of insecurity, which threatened the peace in Nigeria, most especially during the immediate past regime of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Apart from the ignoble and vicious attacks on some states in the North, most especially in the North-East, by the Boko Haram terrorists, fulani bandits were controlling some local governments in some parts of the North during Buhari’s administration, collecting levies and other forms of revenues unhindered. The military could not do anything tangible to stop this act of threat against the territorial integrity of the nation.”