Yoruba group set to tackle Boko haram’s rumoured incursion

Obafemi Awolowo

According to the Yoruba Unity Forum, proactive measures are being taken to halt the entry of Boko Haram into the South-West

By Oladimeji Kayode

A Yoruba group on Thursday moved to tackle the possible incursion of the fundamentalist Islamic sect, Boko Haram, to the south west region.

The body, under the aegis of Yoruba Unity Forum (YUF), held a meeting at the home of late sage, Obafemi Awolowo in Ikenne, Ogun State.

After the meeting, a communiqué that bemoaned the state of insecurity across the country in general and Yorubaland in particular, was issued.

The communiqué was signed by the (YUF) deputy leaders, Bolanle Gbonigi and Femi Okurounmu. The YUF held that efforts would be put in place to ensure that the zone was not caught unawares.

As contained in the communiqué – the YUF “examined seriously the security situation in Yorubaland, the possibility of Boko Haram incursion into the Zone and took proactive steps to ensure the Zone is not caught unprepared”.

The Pan- Yoruba organization promised to find means of bringing prominent sons and daughters of Yoruba nation who have not identified with the mission of the Forum to its fold.

The conveners of the meeting also said the meeting was convened “to report on the visit of the Forum’s delegation from South-South and the South-East and where they jointly set up the Southern Nigeria People’s Assembly’.

The late Obafemi Awolowo’s wife, Hannah Awolowo, as well as the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, attended the meeting. Other attendees include the deputy governor of Ondo State, Alli Onanusi; former governor of Lagos State, Lateef Jakande; former deputy governor of Lagos State, Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele; and former Head of Service of the Federation, Oladipo Afolabi.


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  • Pure

    Hope they remember the BH leader arrested in Kano is Yoruba?

  • Dauda

    Wonderful! that’s a very good move taken by the Yoruba leaders.In fact if other ethnic groups in this country decide to take proactive measures like this Boko Haram would have long being a history. But what measures are they taking to stop Yoruba members from commanding or participating in Boko Haram activities?

  • Kay Soyemi (Esq.)

    Good move, but are the Yorubas united and at ease? A cursory look at the attendance list will confirm that the elders are disjointed from those who hold the political reigns of power across Yoruband. Or is their an assumption that those who hold cultural significance in Yorubaland are disengaged from those with political relevance? Truth must be told, Omoluabi, as a guiding principle of the Yoruba race is fading and the tenets or ideal of service to the generality is being supplanted by unenlightened self interest and selfishness. Yoruba no longer “R’onu” but is busy eating “s’oke and s’apo”! Otherwise, how do we explain the near total absence of the current political elite from this gathering? What assurance is there that those with the political powers in the region would not move against moves by those with cultural relevance to checkmate the incursion of BH into the region as extra judicial? All is not well in the house of Oodua and we should not paper the crack!!!