Following the recent statement made by Professor Banji Akintoye, a renowned historian, that the Yoruba people should be prepared for their Independence soon, Yerima Shettima, leader of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, has described the agitation for a sovereign nation by the Yoruba people as a mere threat.
It would be recalled that on Tuesday, Akintoye, the Alana of Ilana Omo Oduduwa, through the media and communications secretary of the group, said, “The Yoruba journey to redemption has started, and soonest, we are going to reach our Canaan land without any bloodshed.”
Shettima, during an interview with SaharaReporters on Thursday, reacted by describing it as an unserious issue. He said, “It is just a mere threat as far as I am concerned, and I don’t wish it to be true.”
“That kind of statement does not mean well for the country. It is not a comment that should come from positive-minded people. I have a lot of respect for him, and people like him have the mental capacity to be advising the nation.
“If we think it is because Buhari is there today, it could be you or me tomorrow. It could be anybody from other regions rather than the North. That’s why I am one of those calling for restructuring. The central government is weak. It can’t hold the country together. But we can be better together.”
Regarding the message circulating on social media that he would assemble terrorists against South-East and South-West of Nigeria if the leader of Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, did not disband the Eastern Security Network within seven days, Shettima responded by saying, “I am an advocate of peace between the North and the South,” Shettima said. “My political associates know me in the struggle for peace and unity. Some people are just using that to destabilise the country.
“A time will come when the truth will be revealed. Nigerians must know that I cannot be used because I have never been part of violence and will never be in the future.
“I have always been part of peace in the country. It is true that things are not good, and nobody is happy but that doesn’t mean we should destroy the country. I am not part of the problem.”
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