British Government Empowered Fulani To Dominate Owners of Nigeria, No One Should Stop Regions Which Want To Go – Prof Akintoye
Renowned historian and leader of the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination movement, Ilana Omo Oodua, Emeritus Prof Banji Akintoye, has insisted that the Yoruba ethnic group needs its own country out of present Nigeria.
According to Akintoye, the British empowered the Fulani over other tribes in 1960 during independence.
The renowned historian was reacting to the move by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State to acquire weapons for the state’s Security Network, known as Amotekun after the Nigerian government allegedly approved sophisticated weapons for a similar security outfit operated by the Katsina State Government.
“The video making the rounds showing the equivalent of the Western Nigeria Security Network (Amotekun Corps) in Katsina, obtaining the approval of the Federal Government to bear arms is fraught with great dangers. Denying Amotekun the urgently needed rights, to legitimately bear arms is a repudiation of the basis of true federalism, which we have been clamouring for,” Akeredolu had said in a statement on Wednesday.
“That Katsina was able to arm its state security force, with the display of AK47 means we are pursuing a ‘one country, two systems’ solution to the national question. If the Katsina situation stands, conferring advantages on some in the face of commonly faced existential threats, it means that our unitary policing system, which has failed, is a deliberate method of subjugation, which must be challenged.
“We want to reiterate, that what is sauce for the goose, is sauce for the gander. Ondo State government, under the doctrine of necessity, has decided to fulfil its legal, constitutional and moral duty to citizens of the state, by acquiring arms to protect them. This is more so, given that the bandits have an unchecked access to sophisticated weapons. The state government cannot look on while its citizens are being terrorised and murdered with impunity. We will defend our people.”
Speaking on the issue raised by the governor, Professor Akintoye said, “What the governor said is what we that want Yoruba Nation, the Biafra people and the Middle belt people have been saying for a long time.
“The British empowered the Fulani over other parts of Nigeria in 1960, the Fulani don’t know how to rule Nigeria other than to subdue other parts of the country. They have been doing it since but realised it’s no more working again, so they decided to resort to war and organised violence against all of us, the answer is clear, Nigeria is not viable.
“The fact that a particular tribe is attacking another has destroyed the legitimacy of Nigeria. The answer is let those who want their own countries go.”