Yoruba bet­ter off in Nige­ria — North­ern chair

Daily Trust - - ASO CHRONICLE - From Yusha’u A. Ibrahim, Kano

The Yoruba com­mu­ni­ties in the North and Abuja, yes­ter­day, dis­so­ci­ated them­selves from the ag­i­ta­tion for the cre­ation of Oduduwa Repub­lic.

The Act­ing Pres­i­dent Gen­eral of Yoruba Com­mu­ni­ties in the 19 North­ern states and Abuja, Dr. Pat Ji­moh Aiye­langbe, made their po­si­tion known in Kano while re­spond­ing to a re­cent pub­li­ca­tion cred­ited to Yoruba Lib­er­a­tion Com­mand (YOLICOM), call­ing for Oduduwa Repub­lic.

Dr Aiye­langbe said as an act­ing pres­i­dent of Yoruba com­mu­ni­ties in the North, he had never dis­cussed any­thing about Yoruba se­ces­sion with any­body.

He said, “Our pres­i­dent gen­eral died re­cently and be­fore he passed on he never dis­cussed any­thing like that with me or any prin­ci­pal of­fi­cer of our as­so­ci­a­tion. So, as far as Yoruba com­mu­ni­ties are con­cerned here in the North, we are not be­hind the ag­i­ta­tion for Oduduwa Repub­lic.

“The ag­i­ta­tors should rule us out of it; we have not had any dis­cus­sion with any­body about Yoruba se­ces­sion and there­fore we are not sup­port­ing it,” he said.

The leader said Yoruba com­mu­ni­ties were bet­ter off in Nige­ria and would con­tinue to work for its unity and progress.

“You know, when a young man is look­ing for money, he will use any op­por­tu­nity that comes his way. But even at that one has to look for a bet­ter way to earn money. To be hon­est with you, the ag­i­ta­tors of Oduduwa Repub­lic are look­ing for noth­ing but money,” he said.

He urged Yoruba com­mu­ni­ties in north­ern Nige­ria to re­main calm and re­spect their host com­mu­ni­ties, as­sur­ing that the lead­er­ship would do ev­ery­thing pos­si­ble to re­solve the mat­ter am­i­ca­bly.

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