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We Can’t be in a Country Whereby we Will be a Second or third-Class Citizen,” – Gani Adams.



Aare Gani Adams, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to choose between self-determination and regional government for the people of the South West, stating that the liberation of the Yoruba people is essential.

The Yoruba chieftain said that Nigeria was primarily meant for northerners, particularly Fulani.

The Aare Onakakanfo, who spoke on Thursday in Osogbo, Osun State, at a leadership training for the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) leadership in the state, said he supported self-determination and would not desist in seeking it.

Meanwhile, Adams backed a proposal for regional autonomy by the governors of the Southwest.

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He called on the Yoruba to wake up and fight for their freedom, adding that the tribe was being deprived of its right.

“We will not use guns or disrupt the peace of the society. Nigeria is made for Fulanis, Yorubas should wake up to the call and fight for their rights which they are being deprived of,” he said.

He rejected the call by some Southern states asking for state autonomy, claiming that it will separate Yoruba land from having a unilateral relationship, which according to him is a homogeneous region.

“Yoruba one voice in the diaspora will join ‘One Million March’ in the UN. Any reasonable person that sees the way Nigeria is going will choose regional autonomy or self-determination. We can’t continue to languish in poverty, in fear because our life is not safe.

“We can’t continue to be in a country where our future is not guaranteed, we can’t be in a country whereby we will be a second or third-class citizen,” he added.