Kunle Olajide, secretary-general of Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), says Sunday Adeyemo, a Yoruba youth leader popularly known as Sunday Igboho, does not represent the Yoruba people in his call for secession.
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.
Speaking with newsmen on Wednesday, Olajide said Nigeria would be stronger if it remained as a unit.
He said the Yoruba people had invested so much in Nigeria’s formation and unity, and it would be unwise for them to seek secession.
Olajide said: “It is his (Igboho’s) private desire however the present situations in our state do now not favour and could now not make it viable, and the truth that Yorubas have invested so much in the cohesion of this united states of america and in the making of Nigeria. The tribe can’t select to opt out without any ok plans.
“I am not conscious that the Yoruba country or citizenship has given a mandate to absolutely everyone to desire their extinction from this u . S . A .. So it isn’t always a choice that can be taken by an character or a group of individuals.
“Anybody who’s familiar with the history of Nigeria will recognise that we were collectively for over one hundred years, even before the British got here and we have Yorubas all around the u . S . Just as we’ve different Nigerians anywhere.
“It isn’t always some thing that you could declare through fiat. In any case, our range on this usa and our population are our strengths. Fragmentation and dismemberment of this us of a cannot be inside the first-class hobby of all of us.”
‘YORUBA ARE ANGRY’
Olajide said the Yoruba human beings are angry over the “ethnocentric nature” of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
He, but, cited that the ethnic group stays a part of the country.
“Yes, all and sundry, mainly the Yoruba country, are irritated approximately the ethnocentric nature of the existing administration that appears grossly insensitive to the cries of maginalisation from all components of this u . S . A .. Whatever the hidden schedule it’s far, the time table is sure to fail,” he said.
“But we are nonetheless part of this federal authorities that we’re a lot towards due to the way it is being run. The vice-president is a Yoruba man, we have ministers and governors so I don’t assume every person can ignore the ones Yoruba leaders and go beforehand to make a pronouncement that is not within the hobby of Yoruba state and Nigeria in wellknown.”
Olajide urged Igboho “and a number of those who believe in him to exercise endurance”.
‘IGBOHO CAN’T SPEAK FOR YORUBA’
Igboho had additionally stated Yoruba monarchs and elders were in the back of him in his quest for secession.
But the YCE secretary-standard said there has been no platform wherein the traditional rulers met with Igboho.
Olajide maintained that even as Igboho has a right to pursue anything goal he dreams as a “full grown grownup”, he can not talk for the entire Yoruba people.
“Igboho is a full grown grownup, he is not a teenager so it’ll be incorrect to accept as true with that he does now not realize the united states of america he is in,” he said.
“I actually have spoken to him a few times on the cellphone but he’s completely loose to make his choice. But to make it on behalf of the entire Yoruba is what I significantly fault, it is not in order.
“I read his memories in the media and saw him at the television and social media but I am now not aware that the sort of assembly has been held.”