YORUBA KO’YA MOVEMENT: THE STATE OF THE UNION
Yoruba KO’YA Movement is a Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group that champions the crusade for the well-being of the people of Yoruba Nation in all ramifications. As a non-partisan interest group, we are currently championing the agitation for the restructuring of Nigeria’s political, economic and social structures for the good of Yoruba people and Nigeria as a whole. We say very plainly that Yoruba KO’YA Movement is strongly against heinous activities in Yoruba land such as, killings and destruction of farm lands by murderous Fulani Herdsmen.
In addition to the above, the movement stand in unity against the raging youth unemployment, food insecurity, infrastructure decadence, lack of access to quality health care services and commercialization of basic education in Yoruba Land. We believe that Nigeria should return to the regional system of government being run before the military coup d’état of 1966 so that each region could control their resources for the betterment of their people. It is our belief that the raging hunger, poverty, youth unemployment and social decadence ravaging our land would be drastically wiped out if Nigeria is patriotically restructured.
WHO IS WHO IN YORUBA KOYA
For the record, Yoruba KO’YA is made up of professionals such as artisans, market men and women, hunters, vigilantes, students, business men and women, bankers, teachers, civil servants, retired police and military top-notch, young entrepreneurs and professionals in virtually all areas of discipline.
WHY YORUBA KO’YA WAS CONVENED!!!
Currently, it is no doubt that the Yoruba nation is lagging in the political equation of the country and this situation has made the economy of the states in the south western states especially, to be in comatose with attending worrisome states of high insecurity, youth unemployment, infrastructure decadence, corruption in public service, farmers/herdsmen clashes amongst many others.
HOW YORUBA KOYA CAN BE CONTACTED
Our administrative Headquarters is situated at 1, Ladipo Oluwole Street, Ikeja, Lagos. We can be reached on Facebook via “Yoruba Ko’ya Movement” or on twitter via “@Yoruba_koya”. Our e-mail addresses are: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Check out our website: www.yorubakoya.org to know more about Yoruba koya Movement.
CARDINAL GOALS OF YORUBA KO’YA MOVEMENT
- Economic and Social Uplifting of Yoruba People;
- Empowerment of the poor and the poorest of the Poor in Yoruba Land
- Development of Yoruba land in all ramifications;
- To reawaken the people of Yoruba land to be eternally and ideologically conscious of a gargantuan agenda of some reactionaries outside their domain to capture their land and enslave them while m asquerading as visitors.
- To sensitize Yoruba people to be vigilant and ensure that menace of Fulani herdsmen militating against the peace and existence of Nigeria is curtailed in the Yoruba land.
- To educate all Oduduwa descendants on the needs to participate in the agitation for the restructuring of Nigeria, for the sake of the future of their children and their unborn children.
THE STATE OF YORUBA KOYA MOVEMENT
- Convened in April 2018 by the Ijebu-Ode born Popular Media Entrepreneur and Socialite, Otunba ‘Deji Osibogun, Yoruba KO’YA has been advocating for the restructuring of Nigeria political, economic and social structures. Yoruba KO’YA has also been mobilizing stake holders on how to curtail the menace of Fulani Herdsmen in Yoruba land especially in the Oke Ogun Area of Oyo State which has been technically occupied by the murderous Fulani Herdsmen.
- Bidding bye and welcoming road users to Ibadan, Oyo State capital and former capital of the defunct western region is a two-front big bill board titled: THIS IS YORUBA LAND, ILE YORUBA NI YI and another one titled: YORUBA KO’YA. Another of the bill boards reads: YORUBA DEMAND FOR RESTRCUTURING NOW. 46 other bill boards are also erected across Yoruba Land with the above description. Some of the bill board in smaller size are erected in the following locations: EKITI: Otun, Omuo, Emure, Ikere and Efon Alaaye. ONDO: Owena, Oke Agbe-Akoko, Isua-Akoko, Ore, Iju-Itaogbolu and Oke-Igbo. OSUN: Ila Orangun, Ikire, Iwaraja-Ijesha, Ijebu-Ijesha, Ikirun and Iwo. LAGOS: Ikorodu, Ojodu-Berger, Ijaiye, Badagry and Epe. OYO: Kishi, Saki, Eyenkorin, Ogbomoso, Ibadan after toll-gate. OGUN: Ijebu-ode, Idiroko-Ota, Imefon, Ogere and Abeokuta. However, most of the banners have been removed by the signage agencies in each state. For instance, the Governor of Ogun State, Senator Ibikunle Amosun reportedly ordered the removal of our banner erected across the state.
- And to prove that Yoruba KO’YA not all about bill-board erection and a paperweight organization, we been on the streets across Yoruba Land demanding for: the return of Nigeria to regional system of government; accountability in public governance, end to Fulani vs farmers clashes in Yoruba land, affordable and quality education and health care services and against corruption in public service, youth unemployment, hunger, poverty, starvation, killings and destruction of farm lands. Yoruba KO’YA flagged off a programme titled: SIT OUT FOR RESTRCUTURING CRUSADE which was simultaneously held for five days consecutively at the premises of the Houses of Assembly in the six south west states of Nigeria aimed at calling on the parliamentarians to unanimously speak in one voice in support of restructuring and a return of Nigeria to regionalism.
- The Sit Out For Restructuring Crusade was led by the National Director of Organization and Publicity of Yoruba KO’YA Movement, Mr. Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye who enjoined Nigerians, especially all Yorubas to support the agitation for the restructuring of the country, adding that Yorubas must reawaken their consciousness. He alleged that some ethnic oligarchies outside the south west have a hidden agenda to dominate and enslave the Yoruba nation.
- The volunteers who participated during the crusade put on customised t-shirts and carried placards that had various inscriptions such as We Reject: “Kidnapping”, “Food Insecurity”, Youth Unemployment”, “Infrastructure Decadence”, “Corruption in Public Service”, “ Farmers versus Herdsmen Clashes” and we demand for, “housing for all”, “quality healthcare services”, “free and compulsory primary and secondary education”, “ qualitative and affordable education”, “economic and political and political restructuring”, restructuring”, “transparent and accountable governance”.
- On the first day of the crusade, in Lagos, the volunteers of the group marched from Ikeja Shopping Mall to the State House of Assembly, Alausa, Ikeja where they submitted a protest letter to the office of the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa while in Ibadan, they walked peacefully from Ring Road, to Agodi-Gate, Government House, Ibadan where they sang solidarity songs to the admiration of road users. In Abeokuta, Ogun State, capital, the members of the Yoruba KO’YA movement walked peacefully from Iwe Iroyin, the headquarters of the Nigerian Union of Journalist in the state situated at Kuto to the State House of Assembly, creating awareness with their banners, handbills and public address system. Similarly, in Akure, Ondo State, the group members who converged every day at the popular First Bank round about in Alagbaka GRA and led a procession to the front of the office of the State House of Assembly where they submitted a protest letter to the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Wale Oloyeloogun. The mother of all protest took place in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital from where the group gathered at popular Fajuyi Park through to the State House of Assembly to submit their position paper for a better Yoruba nation to the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Kola Oluwawole against what the state coordinator of the movement, Comrade Shina Awopeju described as “balkanization of Yoruba hegemony.
- The secretariat of Yoruba KO’YA Movement in conjunction with the state coordinators of thee movement are currently putting pressure on all the leadership of all the state House of Assembly in South West to pass a motion urging the central government to accede to the demand for the restructuring of Nigeria. The speakers of the six states in south west have been notified formally while state coordinators are currently lobbying the parliamentarians on the need to pass the motion. Our position paper on restructuring has been dispatched to all the state house of assembly as well for record and posterity.
- Furthermore, the Yoruba KO’YA Movement on May 22nd 2018 held a no-holds barred conference on Food security in Atiba Hall, Oyo-Alaafin, Oyo state where various self determination groups such as hunters, vigilantes groups, farmers, market men and women, artisans, youth groups etc were invited to examine the causes of Fulani Herdsmen vs Farmers crisis in Yoruba Land; Evaluate the capacity of local security forces like Vigilante, Hunters etc in Yoruba Land to checkmate the menace of Fulani Herdsmen in the area; plan for solutions to security challenges confronting the farmers in Yoruba Land; ascertain the level of awareness of Yoruba people on issues relating to food security in the zone and evaluate the effect of Fulani herdsmen and farmers crisis on food availability and security in south west regions.
- The conference which was chaired by the paramount ruler of Oyo Kingdom, Oba (Dr) Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, the Alaafin of Oyo Kingdom was attended by eminent Yoruba leaders such as the Aare Onakakaafo of Yoruba land, Aare Gani Adams, Emeritus Archbishop of Methodist Church, Ayo Ladigbolu, Retired Inspector General of Police, Tunji Alapini, 109 year old of Agbekoya Movement, Chief Tunji Anyaolu, Eminent linguist, Professor Wale Fatunde, US based Medical Practitioner, Kunle Mabayoje who represented the Yoruba in Diaspora and the Iyalojas in South west led by the Iyaloja of Oyo Kingdom, Alhaja Peju Bakare.
- Also in attendance was Son of former Ooni of Ife, Prince Gboyega Aderemi, President of Yoruba Council of Youth, Barr. Dotun Hassan, Chief Femi Babalola, CEO, JOGOR Event Center, Ibadan, Vigilante groups, Hunters Associations, Farmers and the representative of the Yoruba indigenes in Kogia and Kwara, young entrepreneurs with vast interest in agriculture among and several others spoke in one voice that Nigeria must be restructured and returned to the regional system like it was before the military coup of 1966.
- In his speech titled at the event PROTECTING YORUBA LAND, Oba Adeyemi Oba Adeyemi called on president of President Muhamadu Buhari to consider implementing the resolutions of the 2014 national conference, stating that virtually all the nations’ quagmires had been addressed by the resolutions of the conference. HEAR ALAAFIN AT THE EVENT: “Before the military coup of 1966 spearheaded mainly by the northerners, what we had was a regional system of government where every region controls their resources, but after they took over, the moved everything away from the region to the centre, rendering the region powerless. The first created 12 states, later 19, later 21, later 30, later 36, and ever since they did not allow civilians to create any state. The Lancaster, London resolutions of 1959 constitutional government that gave us REGIONALISM is the way out, the current quasi-federal system of government would continue to promote hunger, ethnic intimidation, religion intolerance, infrastructure decadence; i demand for a return to where we were before 1966. When we were under regionalism, Yoruba was exporting cotton, calabash, textile raw materials, yam, plantain, cocoa, we were number one in education, we were the first to have a dual carriage road in Nigeria in 1959 Mokola – Secretariat Road, Ibadan commissioned by Queen Elizabeth, we were the first to produce first female lawyer, medical doctors, Senior Advocate of Nigeria. We were the first to drive a car, we were the first to build a skyscraper, (cocoa house, Ibadan), Western Nigeria was the first to have a corporate firm which gulped the country many foreign exchange, we used cocoa money to build OAU, but the northern soldiers came and destroyed everything; they said no more regionalism, they deceived Nigerians by establishing federal character which schemed out merit, they created Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) which is now causing “Ijamba” to Nigerians. Today, a Yoruba man will score 240 while a Hausa man will score 120, yet they are both offered admission to study same course in the same university, they created education dis-advantaged states to their favour. Enough is enough. We all met in 2014 political reform conference, we discussed the problems confronting Nigeria, far-reaching resolutions we reached, but everything have been swept under the carpet without any justifications. I want them to revisit everything. Even when Buhari went to see United states President, Donald Trump, he told him to return back to Nigeria to fix Nigeria and end the killings of innocent people the Fulani herdsmen everywhere. Miyeti Allah threatened Benue State Government, till today, no arrest has been made, such could only happen in Nigeria.” the first class monarch who spoke in Yoruba dialect averred.
- In his position at the roundtable, Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu, a pro-democracy crusader and ex-NADECO chieftain said Yoruba people should go back to farm, stating very expressly that our source of income and revenue before the advent of oil in 1953 was agriculture. He said “The Fulani herdsmen did not just start destroying farms today; they have been doing that for over 40 decades. Justice Adewale Thompson in his rulings of April 17th 1969 warned Nigerians against what they are currently witnessing. I call on all south western governors to get the judgment and read through for better understanding. Our Obas should also rise up. They are sleeping; they should lead Yoruba people from the front. We refuse to be cowed. Our farms must be rescued from the Fulani cows that are tormenting our people in Oke Ogun. We now sleep with one eyes opened and one closed” he stressed.
- AIG Tunji Alapini averred that there’s nothing state governors under the current Nigerian structure can do to secure their people, saying that “a well controlled and organized state police like that of the united states would help in no small measure to end killings of farmers and innocent people in the country.
- The convener of Yoruba KO’YA Movement, ‘Deji Osibogun in his remarks at the event, joined some like-minds to convene the movement to salvage Yoruba land and deliver Yoruba people from eternal incursion. In his words, the Ijebu-Ode Born media mogul said “we will make laws to deliver and protect Yoruba land. No land for cattle colony in Yoruba land. We demand for restructuring of Nigeria. Enough is enough of the killings of our farmers, enough of destruction of our farms. Let us use to we have to get what we need. Osibogun stated very expressly that Yoruba KO’YA movement is apolitical and not targeted at fighting anyone other than represent the interest of Yoruba nation, stressing that Yoruba people will only support anyone one that is ready to restructure Nigeria for president in 2019.
- In continuation of its objective to protect Yoruba Land from external incursion and get rid of the murderous Fulani Herdsmen out of Oke Ogun Area of Yoruba Land, the leadership of Yoruba KO’YA Movement on Tuesday May 29th held a meeting with some selected traditional rulers, vigilantes, hunters and farmers at Guest House, Otu, Igbeti, Oke-Ogun, Oyo State to brainstorm and get first hand information. The farmers, who analytically tabled how their farms and source of live-hood are being destroyed everyday by Fulani herdsmen with security agencies looking unconcerned, called on Yoruba KO’YA Movement to save their soul. The meeting was attended by three first class traditional rulers whose identity would not be revealed in this report.
- Meanwhile, commercial activities around Dave Hotel, situated at Adebayo along Iworoko road, Ado-Ekiti, the capital city of Ekiti State, South West, Nigeria was for over five hours shut down today by self-determination groups such as Vigilante Group of Nigeria (VGN), Hunters, Harmonized Surveillance Guard (HSG), Farmers, Market Men and Women, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Nigerian Artisan Technician Association (NATA) and several others at a no-holds barred session organized to discuss the ways out of the multiple cases of kidnappings, destruction of farms lands by Fulani Herdsmen and other security vices plaguing the state.
- Speaking at the dialogue powered by a Pan Yoruba Socio-cultural Movement, Yoruba KOYA Movement, the state Governor Ayo Fayose, Founder, Afe Babalola University, Aare Afe Babalola, Elder Statesman and Secretary General, Yoruba Council of Elders (PCE) Dr. Kunle Olajide, the Iyajoja General of Ekiti State, Chief (Mrs) Waye Oso and several others unanimously declared that Enough is Enough.
- Yoruba Koya Movement also donated security gadgets such as Head Lamp, Torch Light, Raincoat, Hand Glove, Boots, Helmet, Whistle etc to the members of Hunters and Vigilante Associations in the State at the event to fight insecurity in the state. The Roundtable with the theme Protecting Yoruba Land Examine according to the National Director of Organization and Publicity of Yoruba KO’YA Movement was organized to examine the causes of kidnappings, armed robbery, Fulani Herdsmen and farmers crisis in Ekiti State; ascertain the level of awareness of Ekiti people on security issues in the area; examine the level of food availability and accessibility as a result of Fulani herdsmen and farmers crisis in Ekiti State; evaluate the effect of Fulani herdsmen and farmers crisis on food and security in Ekiti State and discuss the management options of the Fulani herdsmen and farmers crisis as it affects food and security in the State.
- In his speech, Fayose said all Yoruba people irrespective of their political interest and religion should unite together to wage war against the quazi-invasion of Yoruba Land by external forces. He further said that self-defense against criminal elements masquerading as herdsmen is not illegal buttressing his position with biblical verses that only the courageous will never make heaven.
- In his speech, Fayose said “I thank everyone present. I am surprised seeing these people. The Convener of Yoruba KO’YA Movement, Otunba ‘Deji Osibogun and Dr. Olajide are men of great honour that i have great respect for; we have been together since at Ibadan. “Let me say very expressly that resistance is not easy but only the courageous wins. I was at Ibadan restructuring crusade organized by Afenifere in September 2017, all that i said there, i have no apology for them. “Yoruba people should be allowed to be in right places. If we are not allowed, we will all die. These poor people (pointing to the large crowd of participants) don’t have access to press but only people like you can help them. I want to appeal to our people that this is a collective struggle. If you say you cannot defend yourself, someone wants to cut you, you want to wait and allow people shoot you? Even God does not appreciate cowards.
- Speaking on the recent honour bestowed on the winner of the assumed winner of June 12th 1993 Presidential Election, late Chief MKO Abiola, Fayose said “They refused to appreciate Abiola before but because of 2019 election, they are honouring him now. Though it is a good development, but they should please end hunger in the land. “Let me say this that this struggle is not about Yoruba KOYA, it is Ekiti KOYA. All states should go and collate figures of Herdsmen and Cows in their land and bring it together. We must defend our land. Some of our leaders because of their political interest, they keep shot. I am a Nigerian, they should lock me up, i am not afraid; the power of the people is greater than those in position of power. Those oppressing us today will be out of power one day. “I saw a video, they will capture people, cut their head and through them into pit. Yoruba KOYA should not be begging our people to free ourselves from oppression; this is our collective struggle, the anti-grazing law has come to stay in Ekiti. If the organizer had informed me earlier than yesterday that i was told,, i would have helped you to mobilize the people to an open pavilion. Anyone who says we should go back to darkness will die. “Bashing the police for not doing enough to protect the people, Fayose said “I don’t trust police, but these people sitting are the real police; the hunters are the real police that i trust, the vigilantes are the real security; policemen are only accountable to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) not the people but the local people are the mightiest.
- In his own presentation, Afe Babalola who was represented by a Professor, Deji Olofintila said he had written several letters to the Directorate of State Services (DSS), Police and Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC) on the need to step up surveillance across the state without any meaningful response. “This is our fight in Ekiti, i am shocked that an Ijebu man, Deji Osibogun will come to Ekiti to mobilize our people. The role i played in the creation of Ekiti state cannot make me be watching helplessness without doing anything. “Ekiti is a land of peace but it seems our land is being eroded now. The First Bank at Ifaki-Ekiti was invaded, the Union Bank at Ilawe-Ekiti was attacked, now Efon-Iwaraja road has been taken over by Herdsmen, terrorising our people in the process. “One of the people kidnapped by these criminals on May 23rd this year is the wife of my staff; they killed her, in the presence of her three children. Following day, they kidnapped another person. On June 8th, they kidnapped a man along Efon-Erio road. It seems all the roads leading to Ekiti land have been taken over by criminals masquerading as Herdsmen. “We must take action, Ekiti fought Kiriji War, we fought Ekitiparapo war, and we won. I am however not saying herdsmen are responsible for all the attacks in ekiti but today, herdsmen are bold enough to carry AK 47 gun that cost N2m. Who owns these cows? They are not owned by the herdsmen, but the big men in the society, those small boys grazing are working for the bureaucracy. “On cattle colony, no way; we must reject it, no one has power to take over your land to give to anyone. Your land is your right. Protect it jealously. We must all rise together, and i support restructuring. Quote me, i support the restructuring of Nigeria.” he said.
- Olajide in his presentation said the military incursion into politics balkanised the political, economic and social structures of the nation, appealing to all Yoruba people to support the crusade for the restructuring of Nigeria. “The British government gave Ahmadu bello a hint to enrol northerners into the army enmass, telling him that power lies in the hands of the Generals. Buhari, Babangida, etc were recruited into army to protect northern oligarchy. “The soldiers took over in 1966 and reversed Nigeria. They started with federal character to please their people because they know they can’t pass entrance examinations. Buhari said the herdsmen killing people are from Libya, it is his responsibility to protect Nigeria territorial integrity, it is his duty to protect Nigerians from being invaded. “Restructuring is the way out, Awolowo was able to implement free education because of education, if not for Awolowo, i will not be educated. Yoruba is yearning for leadership. I think Yoruba KOYA can take charge of the struggle to free our people from oppression.” Olajide said.
- Olajide while commending the Osibogun suggested that Yoruba KOYA should be established in all the local government areas, towns and villages in Yoruba land to safeguard the region.
- In his remarks, the Convener of Yoruba KO’YA Movement, Otunba Deji Osibogun appealed to the people of the state to stand in defense of their land; stating that his passion for Yoruba Land pushed him out of his corporate life to the street to agitate for the restructuring if Nigeria. “I am from Ijebu Ode. I have no political ambition. I am not a politician. But we are here to talk to our people. The Fulani have been living with us for over 50 years. We live peacefully, we marry each other but today it’s another case. But recently, Gen. T.Y Danjuma spoke that we should defend ourselves. President Buhari also spoke that these herdsmen are not Fulani but foreigners from Libya hence the reason for this meeting.
- “Fulani herdsmen have not been tormenting us but why suddenly the invasion of our farms? All the billionaires and millionaires of Ekiti indigenes should support the hunters. We are not here for politics but i learnt Fayose is coming because we did not invite him. You should protect your land. Anyone coming into Ekiti after 7pm should not be allowed to offload their goods. Please don’t fight Fulani, they are our people but be vigilant, ensure that no one take over your land, and no one is allowed to oppress you out of your community.”
- All the self-determinations groups said they lack informal tools needed to police their environment such as patrol vans, boots, and others.
- Others who spoke at the roundtable are the Iyaloja General of Ekiti State, Chief Waye Oso, the Commandant of Vigilante in Ekiti State, Mr. Akin Olorunloni, Representative of the Police Community Public Relations, Engr. Babatunji Ogeyemi, Chairman, All Farmers in Ekiti State, Chief Femi Okeya and the Representative of Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Mr. Babjide Egunlae.
- Also speaking were the representative of the Tailors Association, Mrs Esther Clement, Vice Chairman, Harmonized Surveillance Guard in the state, Mr. Emmanuel Odunayo, the Chief Hunter of the state, Chief Joseph Awise and several others.
- To further sensitize the people of Ekiti State to be security conscious, the leadership of Yoruba Koya Movement, shortly after the end of its parley with the informal security sector in the state, placed a 41-slot jingle in two radio stations in the state namely: Ekiti progress FM and Ekiti Voice FM. The one minute production jingle was aired for seven days at both stations and the message was well-received by the people.
- From Ekiti, the leadership of Yoruba Koya Movement proceeded to Ogun State. And like it happened in Ekiti, Ogun state reverberated. Prominent Yoruba Leaders and Self-determination groups on Wednesday July 4th sent a sticker to all Governors and opinion leaders in South Western, Nigeria to defend all lands, farmers, private and public property in Yoruba Land from being invaded and captured by external forces.
- The leaders and self-determination groups who spoke at a no-holds barred parley organized by a pan-yoruba socio-cultural group, Yoruba Koya Movement with members of Vigilante, Hunters, Farmers, Oodua People’s Congress (OPC), Market men and Women etc in Ilaro, Ogun State to examine the effects of the menace of Fulani herdsmen on food security and safety of lives and property; causes of herdsmen and farmers crisis; management options of Fulani Herdsmen versus Farmers’ crisis as it affects food security in Ogun State said Yoruba land as things currently stands, has been encircled.
- First to speak at the event held at Community Pavilion Centre, Ilaro was an Emeritus Professor of History and Second Republic Senator; Banji Akintoye alleged without mincing words that the current killings, kidnappings and attack on farm lands in Yoruba land and in the middle belt is being sponsored by the Fulani Oligarchy with sole aim to capture Nigeria, adding that “murderous Fulani herdsmen are for destruction and that will not be allowed in Yoruba land”.
- He said “there is need for Yoruba nation to speak in one voice. The South East is now one against the Fulani Oligarchy. The Niger/Delta has decided. Yoruba Land must unite unless there’s fire on the mountain. Othman Dan Fodio said before he died that Fulani must not rest until they capture the whole of Nigeria.
- “That Yoruba’s are accommodating should not be taken for granted. We welcome all tribes but they should all be law abiding; they should not to come and destroy our properties. Fulani herdsmen need to be stopped and driven away since they are always causing havoc. They cannot be allowed to destroy farm lands in yoruba land except they want to rear their cattle peacefully.
- “I call on South West Governors and those of Kwara and Kogi and Edo States to party interest aside and join hands together and decide on how to protect Yoruba land for history and posterity in the face of the Fulani Herdsmen aggression against the peace, security and prosperity of our people. The Governors should consider measures for promoting and encouraging modern ranches to face out nomadic cattle rearing that is now a cause.” He said.
- The 83-year old Ondo State born Octogenarian said the battle lines have been drawn because the yoruba people will not allow themselves to be intimidated. He said farmers are being attacked and killed in Oyo, Ondo, Ekiti and Yewa axis of Ogun State virtually every day with security agencies doing nothing to curtail the surge. He lampooned President Muhamadu Buhari, stressing that Lives are not safe under him anymore because he is not competent enough and he’s more of a Fulani President than a Nigerian Leader.
- To Okunronmu, a senator who represented Ogun central in Senate from 1999 to 2003, the ongoing killings in Nigeria are strategically figured out by the Fulani Elites to capture the whole of Nigeria by all means necessary. The Elder statesman said “The leader of the Fulani in Nigeria, Sir Ahmadu Bello said in 1960 shortly after independent that this new nation called Nigeria shall be an extension of the Estate of our great grandfather, Othman Danfodio, we must ruthlessly prevent a change of government. We must use the people of the middle belt as willing tools and the people of the south as conquered territory and never let them rule over us, never let them control their own future, so, tell me, what can be more explicit than that? The killings are going unchecked because Buhari has keyed into the Fulani agenda”, he said.
- Okunronmu told all self-determination groups represented at the event to brace up to defend themselves. He alleged that some Governors are now scared to checkmate insecurity being perpetrated by Fulani Herdsmen in their domain because they don’t want to offend Buhari. He called on all governors in Yoruba land never to tow such a dangerous pact.
- The parley which was attended by the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Ahmed Iliyasu was chaired by the paramount ruler of Yewa Land, His Royal Majesty, the Olu of Ilaro, Oba Kehinde Gbadewole Olugbenle, the Asade Agunloye IV.
- Speaking on behalf of the informal security sectors that were present at the session, the chairman of Hunters’ Association in Ipokia Local Government Area of Ogun State, Mr. Adekunle Mustapha Ashifa alleged that traditional rulers, especially, the Baales in the rural areaars do collect bribe and kick-back from the murderous Fulani Herdsmen destroying farm lands in Ogun State to shut their mouth, calling on the Governor and all opinion leaders in the state to rise up to their aide.
- All the leaders of OPC, Hunters, Vigilante Group of Nigeria, Farmers and Market Women who spoke at the event decried the poor state of security in Ogun State, accusing the leadership of the Police especially, the men of the Federal Anti-robbery squad (F-SARS) of compounding their woes by colluding with the leaders of Fulani Herdsmen to arrest any locals to send petition to them (the police).
- The Police boss who was represented by an Assistant Commissioner of Police, Tijani Fatai said the police and other security agency in Ogun State declared that Yoruba Koya will be partnered to coordinate all informal security sectors in Ogun State to better safeguard the people. He cautioned against reprisal, warning that all informal security sectors in the state should follow laid down rules and regulations of the land in their fight against insecurity, promising that any erring officers caught compromising ethics of his or her profession will be dealt with accordingly.
- In his remarks, the Convener of Yoruba Koya, Otunba Deji Osibogun said unless all Yoruba people unite together to defend themselves, one day, they would sleep and wake up to see all their lands captured by the Herdsmen. Osibogun who is the Otunba Obaloja of Ijebu-land said the security formations in Nigeria are helpless because they are all headed by Fulani that cannot kill their people, stressing that “there’s an agenda and we must be battle ready”. The seasoned media practitioner who donated several security gadgets such as Boots, Raincoat, Torchlight, Head Lamp, Whistles, Hand Gloves, others to Informal Security Sector in the state stated that the sole aim of Yoruba Koya Movement is to safeguard the live and property of Yoruba Land and champion the crusade for the restructuring of Nigeria political and socio-economic structures.
- Other speakers at the event were Chairman of reformed Oodua Peopple’s Congress in Ogun State, Comrade Akeem Irewunmi, Governor, OPC of Frederick Fasheun Faction, Comrade Ademola Balogun and the Speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly Rt. Hon. Suraji Adekunbi who was represented by his Special Assistant on Special Duties, Alhaji Baba Gafar.
- Also at the event was the 108-year old co-founder of Agbekoya, Pa Olureti Anayanolu, the Commandant of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Ogun State, Mr. Sanya Opeolu and a representative of the Directorate of State Services, Deola
- After Ogun, the leadership of Yoruba Koya Movement will be moving to Ado-Ekiti to witness the deliberation of the Members of Ekiti State House of Assembly on the paper prepared by the National Secretariat of Yoruba Koya on why Nigeria’s political and socio-economic structures must be restructured. The team will be led by Dr. Kunle Olajide, an Elder Statesman and retired Medical Doctor.
AT YORUBA KO’YA MOVEMENT, IT IS NO RETREAT, NO SURRENDER!!!
As part of our resolve to unify Yoruba Nation, develop the people of the region and protect our territory against external invasion and incursion, the leadership of the movement resolves to pursue the following programmes sanctimoniously and religiously for the next six months: @
- Human-Capital Empowerment Via Agriculture
As we urge the people of Yoruba land to go back to agriculture, we resolve to lead from the front by encouraging relevant people in Yoruba land to embrace farming so as to boost food availability in our region. On this note, selected Secondary Schools, Farmers, Young Graduates, Youths, Students, Market Men and Women shall, from time to time, be empowered with the following materials namely: Yam Tubers, Cassava Stick, Maize, Rice, Cocoa, Oil Palm and Orange Seedlings, Fertilizer, Sugar Cane, Tractor for Ploughing, Cutlasses and Hoes etc.
- Protecting Yoruba Land via Native Intelligence
Consequent upon the visible failure of the security agencies in our land to protect the people and secure our farms from invasion by the Fulani Herdsmen, Yoruba KO’YA Movement resolved to empower our local security men like Vigilante and Hunters to protect our farms and save our farmers from being turned to strangers in their own land with the following security gadgets: Torch Lite, Stick, Drake Guns, Patrol Vans, Cutlasses, cardigan and rain coat pull-over, boot, belt, koboko etc.
- Passage of Pro-Restructuring Motion By Six Western State Parliaments:
As a follow up to the SIT OUT FOR RESTRUCTURRING CRUSADE, each state coordinator shall continue to mount pressure on the state house of parliaments in south west to pass a motion supporting restructuring and urging the federal government to succumb to the demand of the south west states to be on their own.
- Savings Life via Periodic Free Medical Outreach
Yoruba KO’YA Movement is concerned about the growing decline in life expectancy in south west. A committee led by Dr. Kunle Mabayoje was constituted to bring together Doctors, Nurses and Laboratory Attendants within and outside the shore of Yoruba Land to volunteer to give free medical services to our people via an outreach to be staged once a month in each state capital in Yoruba land.
- Sit Out For Restructuring Crusade
We also resolve to intensify our advocacy to educate the grassroots and members of the public on why a delay in restructuring Nigeria connotes a delay of the progress of the nation of Nigeria. And to carry out this, we shall deploy an integrated communications tactics such as:
- Photo News Syndication
- Speaking opportunities across electronic media platform
- Press briefings and conference
- Feature Articles in print and online media platforms;
- News and frequency of mention management
- Fliers, Posters and billboard
- Road Shows
- Jingles and Periodic Advertisement
- Info Graphics
- Thought Leadership Platform
- Roundtable with Oodua Representatives
In the spirit of accountability, Yoruba KO’YA Movement shall soon be calling on elected representative in states and national assembly in south west to come present their account of stewardship to the people. The electorates are the board of trustees in democracy, thus we resolved that the people should know how they are being governed and how their commonwealths are being utilized.
- Pick Them Up
In light of the foregoing, the leadership of Yoruba KO’YA Movement resolved that representatives both in executive and legislative arms of government treating the people with reckless abandonment must be decayed. Their offices and homes must be picketed, their vehicle tyres deflected and chances of returning to power blocked through the will of the people.
- Meet The Heroes:
We agreed to be consulting from time to time, the traditional rulers, leaders of thoughts, relevant groups and progressive-minded individuals on our advocacies. We believe that Yoruba Nation must be united to confront their common enemies and to get this done; all hands must be on desk.