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Yoruba’s generalissimo, Gani Adams, asked to defend South-West against kidnappers, bandits

The Oodua Youth Coalition (OYC) has called on Gani Adams to intervene in the worsening insecurity in the South-West.

• February 4, 2024

The Oodua Youth Coalition (OYC) has called on Gani Adams to intervene in the worsening insecurity in the South-West. 

In a letter addressed to Mr Adams on Sunday, the president of the group, Tayo Oluyi, lamented the sudden rise in violent killings and other crimes. 

Mr Oluyi said, “The untimely demise of two Yoruba monarchs, Oba Olatunde Olusola of Imojo and Oba Babatunde Ogunsakin, the Elesun of Esun Ekiti, at the hands of gunmen within Ekiti borders, the abduction of pupils from Apostolic Faith Nursery and Primary School in Emure-Ekiti, and the alarming explosion in Ibadan linked to foreign miners are distressing occurrences that demand urgent attention and decisive action.

He added, “Throughout history, the Yoruba people have upheld the tradition of securing their territory, with warriors rising to confront transgressors threatening the peace. 

“Recognising that security is a collective responsibility, I implore you, as the generalissimo of Yoruba land, to rise to the occasion and find ways to complement the government’s efforts in securing our homeland.”

The group stressed that “the time has come” for Mr Adams as Yorubas’ aare ona kakanfo “to emulate the legacy of Kurumi, Ojo Iberu, Aare Latoosa, and MKO Abiola, who made significant contributions to fortifying the unity and security of our people.” 

It explained that “it is crucial to lead from the front, coordinating security-interest groups across the zones to quell the activities of marauders endangering our peace.”

Mr Oluyi stated, “I sincerely hope you heed this call and fulfil the responsibilities of your esteemed office as the generalissimo of the Yoruba race.”

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