…Insists rally was not to declare Oodua Republic***
…As Bauchi Gov. says Best way to celebrate is by upgrading citizens’ living standard***
The Yoruba Koya Leadership and Training Foundation, a pan-Yoruba social-cultural group on Wednesday urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the South-West governors to redouble efforts at ending insecurity in the region.
The group indicated this, in a June 12 “O To Ge Rally” (Enough is Enough Rally) tagged: “Safety and Security in Yoruba Land”, held in Lagos to commemorate June 12 as the Nigeria’s Democracy Day, demanding improved security of lives and property.
According to them, authorities must go beyond rhetoric, to end incessant kidnapping, killings and destruction of farmlands by suspected herdsmen in Yorubaland.
Speaking at the rally, Otunba Deji Osibogun, the National Convener of the group, called on the Federal Government as well as the South-West governors to rise up to security challenges facing the region.
Osibogun, who stressed that the rally was not to declare Oodua or Yoruba Republic as being insinuated, said it was to make government accountable to the needs of the masses, especially in terms of security.
He urged President Muhammadu Buhari to redouble efforts at clamping down on activities of killer herdsmen, saying that the next level mantra of the Federal Government should focus on safety and security as well as accountability.
“It is enough; this suffering is too much. Our political class should not wait until Nigerians bite back. Security is our right.
“Let there be employment opportunities for our youths to prevent them from taking to crimes. Don’t let the hoodlums kill us all, give us security,” he said.
The Yoruba activist noted that hoodlums parading themselves as herdsmen had allegedly overrun Yorubaland, tormenting farmers.
He also called for licensing of commercial motorcycle riders and hawkers, especially for non-indigenes to enhance security and proper monitoring.
Osibogun decried a situation where government was not talking to the people and the people not talking to government on security.
“It is time for government to sit down and dialogue with the people on security. We are concerned,” he said.
The convener frowned at alleged clampdown on some Yoruba activists in Ogun, Oyo, Ondo, Osun and Ekiti who planned same rallies in their respective states and called for their immediate release, urging the people to ask questions about how public funds were being used, while noting that the inability of South-West governors to secure major highways called for questions.
According to him, there is need to foster unity among Yoruba nation to move the region forward.
He added that Yoruba should be given what was due to them in the scheme of things.
Also, Mr Maxwell Adeleye said: “There is a no democracy without security. Government should please show more care as people are dying. When security fails, the government fails.
“We call on the government of Nigeria, Police and DSS and others to be more responsible and take security of lives and property more seriously. This rally is to appeal to government to be responsible.
“This is to appeal to the government of Ekiti, Ondo, Oyo, Osun, Ogun and Lagos states to take security of lives and property more serious. We are here to say enough is enough.
“Security is an issue we need to address but it is quite unfortunate that our men in some western states are being clamped down.”
Adeleye, who decried cases of killings of innocent Yoruba people by hoodlums masquerading as herdsmen, said the group thought of expressing its grievances on June 12 being a historical day.
Meanwhile, Gov. Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state stated on Wednesday that the best way his administration would celebrate Democracy Day was to upgrade the living standard of citizens of the state.
Mohammed stated this in Bauchi in a message to the people to commemorate 2019 Democracy day in the state.
According to him, it will be done through the provision of critical infrastructure, ensuring sound education, stimulating agricultural growth and qualitative healthcare for Bauchi state citizens.
Mohammed described 2019 Democracy Day as “unique and significant in a special way in recognition of M.K.O. Abiola, the democratically elected president in 1993 general elections”.
He praised the heroism and dynamism of late Abiola for his examplary contribution to the evolution of democracy in Nigeria.
He said that Bauchi state as the “incubation centre” of politics in the country would provide exemplary leadership anchored on the finest democratic principles and practices of good governance, transparency and delivery.
The governor called on the people to be vigilant and ensure that maximum cooperation was given to security services in their quest to maintain law and order which “are sine qua non for political development”.
According to him, peace and security are the bedrock of democratic development hence, it is necessary for the people to be law-abiding.
He, therefore, appealed to religious leaders to pray for the country, its leaders and peace and tranquility to reign in the land.
Mohammed assured all citizens that in the coming years, Bauchi state would rank among the best in all spheres of development.