The Yoruba Council of Elders, YCE has finally decided to distance itself from the secessionist call being championed by Sunday Adeyemo, a Yoruba youth leader popularly known as Sunday Igboho.
Recall Igboho had recently said Yoruba is no longer part of Nigeria, calling on people of the ethnic group residing in the north to go back home.
A report published by the Cable claimed Kunle Olajide, the secretary-general of the Yoruba Council of Elders, YCE said Igboho does not represent the Yoruba people in his call for secession.
NG Times can reliably report that Olajide said Nigeria would be stronger if it remained as a unit.
Olajide added that the Yoruba people had invested so much in Nigeria’s formation and unity, and it would be unwise for them to seek secession.
Olajide also debunked Igboho’s claim that Yoruba monarchs and elders were behind him. Yoruba Council of Elders, YCE secretary-general said there was no platform where the traditional rulers met with Igboho.
He said the Yoruba people are angry over the “ethnocentric nature” of the Muhammadu Buhari administration. However, Olajide noted that the ethnic group remains part of the country.
Olajide urged Igboho and those who believe in his secessionist call to exercise patience. The Guardian also reported that the YCE scribe cautioned Igboho to operate within the law in his agitation for an independent Yoruba nation.