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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