Owo Catholic Church attack is a declaration of war against Yoruba People — Akintoye
Leader of the Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, IOOW, Professor Banji Akintoye, on Sunday, described the deadly attack allegedly unleashed against Christian Worshipers at St. Francis Catholic Church, Owo, Ondo-State by Gunmen suspected to be Fulani Herdsmen, leaving about 85 people dead, as a declaration of war against the Yoruba people.
Responding through the Communications Secretary of IOOW, Mr. Maxwell Adeleye, Akintoye urged Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, to declare an emergency against the activities of Fulani Herdsmen in the state with immediate effect.
The renowned scholar said the effrontery of the Fulani Marauders needs to be frankly and courageously confronted so as to prove to their sponsors that the Yoruba people can never be intimidated or subjugated.
He said: “We have stated it very expressly that the Yoruba people need to negotiate their exit from Nigeria as a matter of urgency but our Partisan Political Actors in Yoruba Land never took us seriously.
We warned them that there was fire on the mountain but we were mocked because of their personal aggrandizement.
“Today, we have all been encircled, most especially, in Lagos. For Herdsmen to have the effrontery of bombarding a Church in Yoruba Land to kill about 85 people shows that we are now in real danger.
“All the South West States, including the Yoruba Leaders in Kogi and Kwara States should equally declare an emergency against the activities of Fulani Herdsmen. We must now take our destinies into our hands.”
Presidential Primary: Youths in Kano protest against decision of APC governors
A group called the Concerned APC Youths have staged a peaceful procession in Kano protesting against the decision of the eleven governors from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to cede power to Southern Nigeria.
Addressing newsmen at the protest in on Sunday, the group’s Coordinator, Nura Bebeji said that the decision by the governors is a deliberate plan to sideline youthful leaders from the north like Yahaya Bello, the Kogi state governor, from participating in the presidential contest.
He explained that any attempt by the governors to deny Nigerians of their choice will certainly not augur well for the party in the upcoming 2023 election.
“We are concerned APC youths in the North. We are out to express our displeasure over what we heard in the media on the unfortunate decision by the eleven governors to cede leadership to the South.
“These are governors who cannot take back one-third of the region that is under the control of miscreants, terrorists, bandits, and kidnappers that include states like Kano, Zamfara, Sokoto, Katsina, Kaduna, and others.
“If the party is interested in fulfilling the desires of a microscopic few over the desires of the majority, they should remember the loyalty they will expect at the polling units” he declared.