The Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) has distanced itself from the call for the secessionist call being championed by Sunday Adeyemo, a Yoruba youth leader popularly known as Sunday Igboho. Igboho had recently said Yoruba is no longer part of Nigeria, calling on people of the ethnic group residing in the north to go back home.
However, Kunle Olajide, the secretary-general of the YCE said Igboho does not represent the Yoruba people in his call for secession.
He added that the Yoruba people had invested so much in Nigeria’s formation and unity, and it would be unwise for them to seek secession. Olajide also debunked Igboho’s claim that Yoruba monarchs and elders were behind him. The YCE secretary-general said there was no platform where the traditional rulers met with Igboho. He said the Yoruba people are angry over the “ethnocentric nature” of the Muhammadu Buhari administration. However, Olajide noted that the ethnic group remains part of the country. Olajide urged Igboho and those who believe in his secessionist call to exercise patience and also cautioned Igboho to operate within the law in his agitation for an independent Yoruba nation.