Akintoye, Sunday Igboho Write Tinubu, Demand Yoruba Exit From Nigeria

by Adabanija Kamorudeen

The Yoruba Self-Determination Movement, headed by Chief Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, and Professor Banji Akintoye, has addressed an open letter to President Bola Tinubu asking for the peaceful secession of the Yoruba people from Nigeria.

The open letter, dated April 17, 2024, was signed by both Akintoye, Igboho and one Ola Ademola.

They urged the President to form a negotiation team to discuss the Yoruba people’s departure from Nigeria within the next two months.

About a week had passed since some armed agitators broke into the Oyo State Government House and tried to raise their flag on the grounds of the state House of Assembly when the Yoruba Nation arrowheads sent their letter.

The agitators were subdued and 29 of them were last week taken before a magistrates’ court in Ibadan, which ordered that they should be remanded in the prison custody.

Both Akintoye and Igboho dissociated themselves from the violent action.

However, in their open letter made available to Objectv Media, the Yoruba Self-Determination Movement, said, “We have the honour to send to Your Excellency this important letter on behalf of the many millions of Yoruba people at home in Yorubaland in Nigeria and in the Yoruba Diaspora in almost all countries across the world.

“We send this letter as a follow-up to our earlier letter, dated August 06, 2022, which we delivered to your predecessor, President Muhammadu Buhari, in his exalted position then as President of Nigeria.

“Since 2015, the Fulani have been killing widely among the other peoples of Nigeria, including us Yoruba, destroying farms, villages and other assets, kidnapping men, women and children, extorting large amounts of money as ransom from friends and family of the kidnapped, and repeatedly asserting their intention to seize the homelands of all the indigenous peoples of Nigeria for the purpose of turning all into a Fulani homeland.”

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