Some Yoruba socio-political groups comprising Afenifere, Agbekoya and the Oodua Peoples Congress on Saturday warned the violent sect, Boko Haram, to reconsider its alleged plan to attack Yorubaland.
Their warning came on the heels of a viral letter stating that Boko Haram members planned to attack commercial banks in Ondo State; one of the five states in the South-West, on November 1.
The letter was said to have been sent to the state commissioner of police by a security agency. The development made banks in four council areas in the state namely; Akoko North-West, Akoko North-East, Akoko South-West and Akoko South-East, to close for operations, thereby making many customers to travel to Akure, the state capital, to carry out banking transactions.
Whoever attacks Yorubaland ’ll regret it, says Afenifere
Speaking with one of our correspondents on Saturday, spokesperson for Afenifere, Mr Yinka Odumakin, said there was an agenda behind Boko Haram as it had got to the level of issuing threats to Yorubaland.
The group said, “That Boko Haram can get to the level of issuing threats to any state in Yorubaland clearly shows that there’s an agenda behind it. The conquest agenda is the reason. They are part of a larger agenda to overrun the South-West.
“They should know that Yoruba have never been conquered on their land. What did Yoruba take from Boko Haram to get needless threats?
“Yoruba don’t have history of aggression. They should go and ask what happened to those who tried it in the past. Yoruba have never gone out of their land to threaten anybody on their land. If anybody thinks they can overrun Yorubaland, they will live to regret it.’’
Also speaking, the Ondo State Coordinator of the OPC, Mr Victor Olayemi, said his group was ready to resist any form of external aggression.
He said, “We are battle-ready for anybody who wants to wage war against us in Yorubaland. We don’t want war in this land and we will resist any form of aggression against Yorubaland.’’
On what the group would do if the sect should strike in the region, Olayemi said the group wouldn’t pray for such attack or fold their hands to watch it happen.
He added, “We don’t pray for it to happen. But if it happens, we won’t fold our hands and allow some miscreants to destroy our land. We will fight and resist it.”
On its part, the farmers’ revolt group, Agbekoya, noted that the purported effrontery to invade Yorubaland was an invitation to ignite religious and tribal wars.
The group’s National Secretary, Chief Olaolu Akinpelu, in an interview with Sunday PUNCH on Saturday, described the development as a huge joke.
Akinpelu said, “The news must be a huge joke that they are threatening banks in Ondo State. But if they are contemplating such, they had better be warned to steer clear of any part of Yorubaland.
“Agbekoya Solidarity Movement of Nigeria is battle ready to defend any part of the region and we will confront them with the arsenal at our disposal.
“I hope they would heed such warning to stay away from the region, otherwise, we will swoop on them and chase them to their strongholds anywhere in the country.’’
The Agbekoya scribe also called on the people in Ondo State to furnish security forces with information on any strange movements of aliens in their areas.
“We must be vigilant and make sure that no part of our land is captured by any fundamentalist,” Akinpelu stated.