- Senator Sani has spoken against the agitation for the Yoruba nation by some southwesterners
- The former federal lawmaker said the rainfall that disrupted the agitators' protest in Osogbo is a divine message for them to change their cause
- Sani added that the secession agitators should work for the unity of the country instead
Senator Shehu Sani says the rainfall that “dispersed” Yoruba Nation agitators on Saturday, May 15, in Osogbo, the Osun state capital, is a “divine message” for them to change their minds and embrace a united Nigeria.
The Yoruba nation agitators including the popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho had convened at the Nelson Mandela Freedom Park in Osogbo for a protest.
Igboho, according to The Punch, addressed the rally which witnessed heavy presence of operatives of the Nigeria Police Force as well as men of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps.
The newspaper stated that rain began to fall as soon as Igboho stepped down from the podium, thus, “dispersing” the agitators.
“The heavy rainfall that dispersed the separatist agitators in Osogbo is a divine message for them to change cause and work for the unity of our country.
"The idea of an ethnic or religious purist state stems from a xenophobic mind intolerant to co-existence.”
Meanwhile, a Yoruba organisation, Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF), has strongly rejected the secessionist agitation being championed by Igboho.
Sunday Igboho has been in the news recently following his call for the secession of the Yoruba nation from Nigeria.
However, the pan-Yoruba group, YAF, staged a protest on Thursday, May 6, in Ado Ekiti to condemn Igboho's secession agenda, describing such a move as treasonable and unpatriotic, Vanguard reported.
The former president described calls for Nigeria's break up as unmindful and insensitive to the plight of the minority groups in the country, a statement sent on Wednesday, May 5, to Legit.ng by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, indicates.
He expressed worry over what would become of the minority groups if the major tribes such as Hausa, Yoruba and Igbo decided to secede and begin to operate as separate countries.