- Members of the Coalition of Oduduwa Descendants have condemned the call for the secession of the Yoruba nation from Nigeria
- The COD said sustaining Nigeria's unity is what is needed to develop the country across all sectors
- According to the coalition, the true sons and daughters of Oduduwa have contributed greatly to the peace and growth of Nigeria and this is not a time to call for a breakaway
The Coalition of Oduduwa Descendants (COD) has disagreed with activists' call for the secession of the Yoruba race from Nigeria.
The coalition said it believes that what Nigeria needs is an attitudinal change, truthful and purposeful leadership and not secession.
Speaking on behalf of the coalition, its president-general, Arokoyo Olumide, said from time immemorial, the descendant of Oduduwa have remained critical stakeholders of one Nigeria and cannot back out now.
Olumide while commending President Muhammadu Buhari for keeping Nigeria as one indivisible country said the president has given hope to citizens.
He also called on Nigerians and the international community to support the Buhari-led administration in pushing the country forward.
Further warning that some individuals and groups are being sponsored and used as elements for the destabilization of Nigeria, Olumide said the true sons and daughters of Oduduwa have been instrumental to the formation and independence of Nigeria from time immemorial.
"Therefore it makes no sense when there are perceived agitations from a segment of who claim to be descendants of Oduduwa, calling for the secession of Oduduwa from Nigeria."
He said the call by the group under the nomenclature Oduduwa Secessionist Agenda is a misplaced one laced with ulterior motives buoyed by pecuniary gains rather than a genuine intent.
Reechoing remarks made by top Yoruba leader, Bisi Akande, wherein he stated that the Yoruba race would be at war for 100 years if they leave Nigeria, the coalition urged those agitating for a Yoruba nation to have a rethink.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that some protesters took to the streets of Lagos to call for the secession of Yoruba race from Nigeria.
The protesters who moved from Ojota to Maryland decried the terrible situations in the country.
However, in other news, Chief Akande, a former chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had warned against agitation for a Yoruba nation.
Akande said allowing secession of Yoruba populace from the Nigeria nation would amount to an avoidable civil war and likely decimation of the people.
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