By BASHIR ADEFAKA
A Yoruba pressure group, Oodua Liberation Movement (OLM), has warned the ex-militant leaders of South South geopolitical zone in the country to stop their threats of war or make true those threats and face their waterloo. It also took a swipe on the Ekiti State governor Ayodele Fayose’s politics of hate, saying that there was no Yoruba leader who talked like the governor had been doing. They said Fayose’s matter will be addressed on a later date.
Addressing a press conference in Lagos, on Friday, national coordinator of the movement, Comrade Olugbenga Awosode, condemned divisive statements credited to Ijaw leaders lately.
“We condemn unequivocally the threat in some quarters that if their candidates are not declared the winner, they will cause war. They need to be warned that there is a clear difference between genuine demand and agitation for self determination which is recognised by article 1 of the international covenant on economic, social and cultural rights and article 1 of international covenant on civil and political rights and the act of anarchism.
“We therefore demand for immediate restructuring of Nigeria soon after the new government is inaugurated. Let there be no illusion that meaningful development and peace can be achieved in Nigeria by any political party or any person without first restructuring Nigeria,” he said asking whether any change had taken place since the election of 2011 that brought Jonathan into office as president.
Calling on Yoruba people to resist attempt to use them for violence, Awosode said, “We have raised 5000 unofficial monitors across the South West state with sole purpose of preventing violence and to document the election processes, the voting and character of March to April elections. The monitors are community leaders who are designated to monitor and report to OLM secretariat activities on the election days including possible human rights violation.
“We call on our people to prepare for a long struggle for survival as all evidence point to the fact that there could be crises no matter who wins the election. Yorubaland must never be converted to battlefield by any of the gladiators. We are people with common history, shared dreams and one culture.
We must never allow religion or politics to divide us,” he said, adding that the fear and anxiety gripping our people on coming election are anchored on the previous experiences more so when characters who dominated the scene and worked towards the annulment of June 12, 1993 election have started playing their destructive roles again.