The Yoruba Koya Leadership and Training Foundation , a pan-Yoruba social-cultural group , has urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the South-West governors to redouble efforts at ending insecurity in the region.
The group , 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 on Wednesday , demanded security of lives and property.
Speaking at the rally , Otunba Deji Osibogun , the National Convener of the group , noted the Federal Government as well as the South-West governors must rise up to security challenges facing the region.
Osibogun , who noted 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.
The Yoruba activist noted that hoodlums parading themselves as herdsmen had allegedly overran Yorubaland and tormenting farmers.
Osibogun decried a situation where government was not talking to the people and the people not talking to government on security.
The convener further frowned at alleged clampdown on some Yoruba activists in Ogun , Oyo , Ondo , Osun and Ekiti States , who planned same rallies in their respective states and called for their immediate release.
He added that Yoruba should be given what was due to them in the scheme of things.
“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.
“Security is an issue we need to address but it is quite unfortunate that our men in some western states are being clamped down.”
NAN reports that various Yoruba elders took turns to address the people on the need to unite and address various challenges facing the region.