Yoruba youths dare Boko Haram

Prof Wole Soyinka

Following revelations that Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka is on the death list of the Boko Haram sect, the Coordinating Council of Coalition of O’odua Self-Determination Groups (COSEG) has warned that Yoruba youths would greet such an act with “large scale violence.”

The group disclosed this in Lagos, Friday, during the 6th year anniversary of the death of Beko Ransome-Kuti, a human rights activist.

“We want to tell them that if they try it, all the northern interests in the South-West will be at risk because violence begets violence,” said Dayo Ogunlana, COSEG’s chairman.

“We are not saying we will attack Boko Haram, we are saying that they are putting a very strong Yoruba man, an elder statesman, an activist, and a world renowned person on their hit list. For what?

“What has he done? Doesn’t he have freedom of expression again? That is why we are saying that if they try it, we assure them we’ll give it back to them in a very larger way. We know this game more than them,” added Mr. Ogunlana.

The group also disclosed that their war council – the leadership of O’odua Liberation Movement, O’odua Youth Movement, O’odua Republic Front, and Federation of Yoruba Culture and Consciousness – met last Wednesday to deliberate on the issue.

“After an exhaustive deliberation, it was decided that we should not join issues with Boko Haram but we should just tell them that we are prepared,” said Mr. Ogunlana.

In his address, Yerima Shettima, the president of Arewa Youths Consultative Forum called on Nigerians to focus on achieving “the democracy of our dreams” and not be distracted.

“This Boko Haram issue is no issue. We should not allow ourselves to be intimidated,” said Mr. Shettima.

“If anybody has come to say that Boko Haram is a northern agenda, it is not,” he added.


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  • Femi Adeboye

    As a Nigerian I reject this threat from Coordinating Council of Oodua groups because it does not represent Soyinka’s moral voice against retaliation. Soyinka specifically says : Do not retaliate because we are ALL one and we are neighbors”. Second, Boko Haram does not represent Islam. Boko Haram does not represent “North”. Boko Haram is some few persons’s agenda. Boko Haram is neither Islamic nor is it Nigerian. If Oodua takes this kind of position, then they should know that they have also become Boko Haram, and that is unfortunate and regrettable. As things are going all of us Nigerians will have to morally avoid Oodua, Massob, MEND and Boko Haram because all these things are against Soyinka’s moral voice.
    Femi Adeboye

  • Kodejayi10

    As a Nigerian who happens to be Yoruba, I want to distance myself from the position of the Coordinating Council of Oodua Groups as expressed in this news report. Oodua groups is a mere organization of private individuals-they do not represent my own position. I align myself with the position of non-retaliation as expressed by Professor Wole Soyinka. As a poet and a thinker, Prof Soyinka’s voice is sound and valid that no Nigerian should retaliate because we will be playing into the hands of Boko Haram. More importantly, Wole Soyinka is a World moral property of Africans, Nigerians, non-Nigerians, non-Africans. He is a global citizen and we know this. Therefore, it is unacceptable the way Oodua groups want to turn him into some regional resource and misrepresent him and his views. Oodua Groups, you are doing a huge damage to the enviable image of we Yorubas if you do not withdraw your threat. Your threat of retaliation does not represent the views of Nigerians either at home or in the Diaspora-period

  • Sadman

    Thank God the people that visit this site are civilized, the comments on saharareporters sometimes is just heart breaking. Some the people want nothing but conflict between the north and the southm We northerners fear BH more than the southerners and they have killed more muslims than christians. They shouldn’t be linked wit either muslims or the North. May God help nigeria and each and every nigerian.