A pan-Yoruba Socio-Cultural Group, Yoruba Ko’ya Movement has called out President Muhammadu Buhari to rise above ethnic chauvinism and put a stop to consistent attacks on lives, peace, economy and unity of the Nation of Nigeria by Miyetti Allah, the umbrella body of all Cattle Breeders and Herdsmen in the country, threatening that refusal to checkmate the group will, with all sense of responsibility, give Yoruba People no option than to exit Nigeria.
The group said it is alarming that Miyyeti Allah leaders would consistently go on both Local and International Television Stations including Newspapers to harass, threaten, intimidate and insult stakeholders in the Nigerian project such as state governors, elders statesmen and notable religious leaders, calling on President Buhari to exhibit patriotism and courage and put an end to the malady.
In a statement signed by her Convener, Otunba ‘Deji Osibogun, Yoruba Ko’ya charged President 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 death of over 3, 000 Nigerians in the last four years across the South and Middle Belt of Nigeria, stating that the President should act well and be conscious of what history would remember him for after his tenure.
“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 sworn to protect the lives and property of the people 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.
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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 mobilize 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 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.