Yoruba Ko’ya Movement, a foremost Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari, to call the Miyetti Allah, the association of all cattle breeders and herdsmen in the country, to order and rise above ethnicity over the security of lives and properties of Nigerians.
The Yoruba group while expressing this on Sunday added that president Buhari’s failure to call the herders to order and checkmate them on their attack on other groups might be left with no other option than to separate the Yoruba people from Nigeria.
This was noted in statement signed by the convener of the group, Deji Osibogun on Sunday.
The movement from the South West Region also said it was alarming that Miyyeti Allah leaders would consistently go on both local and international television stations and print media to harass, threaten, intimidate and insult stakeholders in the Nigerian project such as state governors, elder statesmen and notable religious leaders, calling on Buhari to exhibit patriotism and courage and put an end to the malady.
The statement charged Buhari to order the immediate arrest and prosecution of all the leaders of Miyetti Allah that had claimed responsibilities for series of attacks leading to the death of over 3, 000 Nigerians in the last four years across the south and middle belt of Nigeria.
The Yoruba group tasked the president to act well and be conscious of what history would remember him for after his tenure.
The statement read, “While we do not want to dwell in the realm of rumours, however, we are forced to state very expressly that the threat to life and admission to mass murder by identifiable and known leaders of Miyetti Allah without any word of caution or arrest by law enforcement agencies in the country led credence to the fact that Miyetti Allah are carrying out the briefs of some invincible forces at the corridor of power in Abuja or elsewhere.
“A mere trade union from a tribe continue to heat-up the polity while others shiver and shake in their pants for fear of attack yet no arrest by our security formations. These murderous elements are so courageous that they appeared live on national Televisions to attack a whole region comprising of over 50 million people, yet the agencies swear to protect the lives and property of the people who are acting like everything is normal. We say without any fear or intimidation that this is an antithesis of a strong and united nation.
“We Yoruba people therefore want to put the Buhari administration on notice that we are not scared of any of these mindless and senseless statements from the hoodlums that the Nigerian government is obviously aiding and abetting. We wish to inform them that we shall protect our land and people with all the resources God has provided and blessed us with.
“In addition to the foregoing, we are putting the federal government on notice that if nothing radical and patriotic is done to stop the ongoing mayhem and open threats to our people by Miyetti Allah, we shall mobilise our people to take all democratic steps to ensure our safety and continuous existence as a nation within the Nigerian federation which may include a declaration of our sovereignty or our exit from the nation of Nigeria because we can no longer guarantee our comfort, safety and existence within this den of hell.
“We note also with displeasure that all statements by the leadership of Miyyeti are far beyond the bounds of a treasonable felony that the Publisher of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore, was charged, connoting that all tribes are no longer equal in Nigeria,” Yoruba Ko’ya concluded.