Yoruba ethnic community in the 19 northern states has taken its stance over call for secession of the southwest from the Federal Republic of Nigeria and establishment of Oduduwa Republic.
President of the Yoruba Welfare Group Worldwide, Abdlhakeem Adegoke, told newsmen in Kaduna during a peaceful protest, that, “We don’t believe in the existence of a Republic inside a Republic.”
Flanked by other officials of the group, Adegoke said: “We are talking on behalf of all the Yoruba in the 19 northern states that we hereby dissociate ourselves from any Republic inside a Republic.”
He recalled that many Yoruba people were born and bred in the North, and had mixed, mingled and intermarried with the northerners with whom they had been enjoying cordial and harmonious relationship over time.
“We believe in the oneness and indivisibility of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he said declaring, “we are not part of any Oduduwa Republic declared by our kinsmen in the South West.
“We want the entire world to realise the secret behind those who are agitating for Oodua Republic. To start with, 99 percent of them are those who benefitted from former president Goodluck Jonathan’s government.
“If truly they really want Oduduwa Republic, they would have insisted that Hausa, Igbo and other non-Yoruba should leave Yoruba land, but as long as they insisted on Hausa Fulani alone, they are not really sincere with their agitation.
“Secondly, in Yoruba land today, we have many facts to prove to the entire world that what they are doing is political. Looking at the situation on ground in Yoruba land today, politically, it is only APC and others, and in their agitation, there is no single APC members with them.
“The number of Yoruba in the North is more than three state in Yoruba land, our investment in the North is more than five trillion, what do they prepared for us to come and do at home,” he said.