Igboho and the farce of Oodua republic

WHEN Sunday Igboho commenced his crusade, I opined that he is a logical consequence of a failed system, and, that, as a person that he is, he will always thrive on violence. My assertion was exhibited by Sunday Igboho a few days ago, when he declared the secession of the Yoruba people citing marginalisation, pseudo-federalism and some flaws in the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended) as excuses.

He boasted that he will be leading an army of their newly-declared nation to open all closed borders in the South-West, and, that, they will be marching to Apapa to claim the Seaport. Sunday Igboho needs to b e told that, the fact that the Yoruba people are geographically close to the Atlantic does not make them the owner of the Seaport and some other things therein in so far it was not independently constructed with the treasure accrued from the South-West, but, that of the Nigerian people.

And, if we are to go by the blind narratives of those laying claim to the Seaport because of its geographical location, it will not be out of place for the people of the South-South to also lay claim to it because it was built basically with revenue that was gotten from the sales of crude oil deposited in the South-South.

There is no doubt that the country has never been this divided. And, the reason for this is not far-fetched; Injustice! Though, this forced marriage by Lugard is meant to fail, it will never be made possible by the approach of some persons who believe that they can dictate the way to go for the Yoruba people, most especially when it is coming from, somebody who knows nothing about the Constitution, not to talk of having the knowledge of how the basic institutional frameworks of government operates. He is an unreasoning chatterbox that breathes violence, which is why his approach towards self-determination of a people is manifestly wrong, and, no amount of justification been spinned by some persons can change that posture.

It will amount to complete inanity to trust a man who has been living his whole life on political patronage when it comes to the fight for self-determination. He is obviously pursuing their selfish interests by trying to masquerade as patriots in order to cajole unsuspecting members of the public into believing them as lovers of the Yoruba people. So, rather than jumping from pillar to post, exhibiting madness, the Yoruba people should be allowed to negotiate their existence through a plebiscite. And, in so far no plebiscite has been done, the show of Sunday Igboho is that of comedy of the absurd.

  • Kazeem Olalekan Israel,  Ibadan

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