By Taiwo Adebowale
Southwest security arrangements, which has Amotekun and Sunday Igboho at its coordination to repel attacks from militant herdsmen, bandits and foreign terrorists, received a major boost yesterday with massive new support from leaders of Yoruba diaspora in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.
This declaration was made in a communique circulated and signed by their representatives; Mr. Kamil Lamidi and Dr. Leke Otunuga.
The group said it has resolved to provide total support for security arrangement and to work strongly to mobilize Yoruba communities across the diaspora in support of the cause of ensuring security in the south west.
The group said it has met with Chief Sunday Adeyemo a.k.a. “Igboho” to discuss the current security crisis in the region.
“We expressed our complete and total support to him for the courageous effort he has taken to speak out for the Yoruba nation, at a time when our political leaders have betrayed their oaths of office, their people, and have been showing more support to marauding militant Fulani herdsmen and bandits in our communities,” the group stated in the communique.
The group made four specific demands from the Federal Government of Nigeria. They include that the federal government and State governments in Yoruba land should drop the effort to arrest Chief Igboho, and focus instead on the arrest and prosecution of those who continue to maim, rape, and kill the people of the south west on their own land.
“That Chief lgboho is not alone; and any attempt to arrest or unjustly persecute him will only heat up the polity and lead to chaos.
“Others are the immediate cessation of open and night grazing across the South West and the enactment of federal Laws to enforce this quickly, The compensation of citizens of the South West for loss of lives, assault, disruption and destructions of their homestead, patrimonial inheritances, livelihood, and incomes that they had and are being forced to endure.”
The also made an urgent call for the review of the country’s military-era imposed constitution to enshrine community policing as a fundamental right for communities.
The group vowed to internationalize their effort, using every legal means to advance the safety, security and well-being of the Yoruba in the South West.
“We are calling on all sons and daughters of Oduduwa for intellectual and material supports for this struggle.
“We also urge South West governors and leaders of thought in Yoruba land to team up for the greater good of our people and land.
“The Yoruba have a long memory, and we say the efforts of those who stand up to be counted at a critical time like this will be remembered,” the statement added,” the group further stated.