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We will not accept this continued intimidation or threat.
We will fight every level of lopsidedness or cheating and recover our lands at Ilorin and its environs, the igbonmina and Okun lands. We shall recover our seas and ports at Apapa, Tincan etc. from Fulani or Igbo ruler ship, we shall recover our forests and farms from Fulani herdsmen terrorists, we shall rescue our waters ways, rivulets and rivers from Ijaw militants and kidnappers, we shall control and recover our city streets and markets from Igbo adventurists. They must know, recognize and acknowledge who owns the land.
Awa o ni a fe jagun o. Sugbon t’o ba dogun, gboin gboin oke, oke, gboin gboin. We do not understand why we keep pandering to the Fulani North when they have never defeated us in any war, and can never. Nor in any civil upheaval did they ever have an upper hand over us. We defeated them in Oshogbo in 1840. W
We defeated them during the upheaval of Operation Wetie in 1962, because they were all removed from power as a consequence of action largely precipitated by the Yoruba.
We defeated them in 1993-1997 after the annulment of the 1993 presidential elections won by M.K.O Abiola. This culminated in a virtual surrender of the Nigeria nation to the Yoruba by asking the two political parties to produce two candidates of Yoruba Origin.
But it seems the Fulani, after every defeat, is able to bounce back to hold us tighter in their strangle hold. During the Nigeria civil war, it was the Yoruba arm of the Nigeria Army that won the civil war for Nigeria, but it was the Northern part of the country that gained the benefits.
- We lost federalism and the semi-independence of the Yoruba Western Region.
- We lost our leadership and control of the Federal Civil Service.
- We lost the control of our border, ports, our waterways, our markets and high streets.
- We lost the boom enjoyed by our major cash crop Cocoa.
- We lost our pride of place in education.
We lost all these and more because that is the desire of the Fulani and their supporters.
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What have we gained from Nigeria? Nothing!
So what are we still doing in Nigeria?
Before the 2014 National Conference, Yoruba had concluded that Nigeria is the impediment to Yoruba progress. This prompted the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) organization to come up with a powerful document titled “Regional Authority or Nothing” and this document underlined the theme the Yoruba delegates went to the conference with.
But it is common knowledge that we did not get regional autonomy. We actually got “Nothing”, in fact, less than nothing, because the situation for Yoruba within Nigeria today is worse than what is was in pre- 2014.
And it will continue to get worse unless we do something about it!
So, eyin Omo-Oodua o! Are we going to sit and watch and continue to hope it will be better for us within Nigeria? Or are we going to take our fate in our hands and take a walk?
Apologists of the Fulani north’s position have continued to say Nigeria’s unity is non- negotiable.
What, under God is not negotiable?
Nigeria was not created by God nor did it evolve overtime. It was a sudden imperialist creation spearheaded by a military adventurist called Frederick Lugard. He designed the contraption called Nigeria primarily for British self interest. His design freed the purse of the imperialists from sponsoring the unviable north. Subsequent to this amalgamation the rich South would continue to pay the bill of the poorer North. To achieve this they strengthened the hand of the North by building a lopsided military, by falsifying population figures and by rigging election results.
But all these are what we have patiently endured in the past in the hope that Nigeria will correct itself on the side of equity and justice.
This has proved to be a mirage with the intransigence of the Fulani led Far North.
Yoruba Liberation Command, YOLICOM, has therefore, in consultation with the Yoruba grassroots, the poor masses, the students and the intelligentsia, decided that it is time for Yoruba to call the bluff of all our detractors and go for broke.
We have declared Oduduwa Republic.
That is where our future lies, that is where our progress can be continuous, guaranteed and sustained. That is where we can safely control our future and those of our unborn generations. That is where we can preserve our uniqueness, our culture, our language and our Yoruba Omoluabi values.
We are ready to defend this stand with all our God-given potentials and might.
Yoruba is the only nation in Nigeria that has any hope of succeeding with such a decision. We are strong enough to pull it through. What we need is consensus. The consensus that this meeting will provide.
We are ready to negotiate for a peaceful dissolution. But if this fails we shall simply walk away.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity or cowardice or fear, but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of sound judgment and personal discipline [abilities that result in a calm, well-balanced mind and self-control] – 2 Timothy 1:7 (Amplified Bible)