The Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams on Monday said that the Yorubas are tired of this failed federation and have graduated from restructuring to seeking self-determination.
According to him, those still clamouring for restructuring have their eyes in the 2023 elections and their agenda is at variance with the present demand.
Speaking further, he said that for Yoruba as a race, it is a new dawn and the South-West is determined to go all the way to get what the want legitimately and without creating unnecessary tension.
He maintained that the Yorubaland can do better as a race that is destined for greatness, as long as the region can unite as a race.
Adams, who stated this at the 2021 edition of Wealth Festival (Odun Aje), held at Powerline, Orile-Agege in Lagos, said “As a Yoruba son or daughter, it does not matter whether you are a Muslim, Christian or traditionalist, it behooves on you to work with others for the progress of our race.
Lamenting the security situation in the country, he suggested the use of traditional approach and global template as the best way of tackling the challenges.
While commending the southern governors for standing firm against open grazing, the OPC National Coordinator, noted that Nigeria had in the last few years, been in the news mostly for the wrong reasons.
He stated that the spate of insecurity in the country is becoming alarming and increasing by the day, just as he pointed out that the Federal government has failed to unravel the mystery behind the various security challenges in the country.
He maintained that by going against the wishes of the citizens, the federal government has only created disunity, anarchy, instability and lack of cohesion among the various tribes and ethnic groups in the country.
According to him, “We are in the 21st century and the open grazing practice is of old. It has created more challenges than it could solve and I wonder why the Federal Government is bent on going against the wishes of the people.
“I commend the southern governors for standing firm against open gracing. We totally support their position on the ban of open gracing in the south. For example, most times, I feel sad at the spate of insecurity across the southwest. In southwest, kidnapping, banditry and killings have since been the bane of our region.
“In the last few years Nigeria has been in the news mostly for the wrong reasons. The spate of insecurity in the country is alarming and it is increasing by the day.
“I think we need to tackle the menace, using the traditional approach and global template.
“That is why we advocate for self determination. We cannot continue to deceive ourselves as a race.
“Let us address the security issue in our region in the most holistic manner. We must also focus on enhancing the social integration among the six states in the southwest,” he added.