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There was a stormy session at the August meeting of the pan Yoruba Socio-cultural group over the resolution of the group on whether to boycott the 2023 election or not .
The meeting was also charged during the deliberation on the alleged influx of some northerners especially Fulani extraction in South West region .
Some representatives of the group in various states across the country including Kogi, Kwara raised the alarm that some forest reserves with thousands hectres in the South West and it’s neighbouring states have been occupied by Fulani Herdsmen .
The meeting held on Tuesday at the residence of the acting leader of Afenifere ,Chief Ayo Adebanjo in Sanya-Ogbo,Ijebu-Ode ,Ogun state .
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that none of the governors in the southwest states was at the meeting nor their representatives .
Also , except the former deputy governor of Lagos State Senator Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele, the likes of former governor of Ondo state ,Segun Mimiko and former deputy governor of Ogun state , Senator Gbenga Kaka who were at the last month meeting among others were conspicoulsy absent .
Other stakeholders who attended the August meeting included ; Deputy Leader, Oba Oladipo Olaitan, the Secretary General, Chief Sola Ebiseni, Chief Supo Sonibare, Abagun Kole Omololu, Honourable Leke Mabinuori, Dr Gbola Adetunji, Dr Alonge, Honourable Babatunde Tijani, Dr. Amos Akingba, Comrade Jare Ajayi, Prof Akin Onigbinde and Hon Dauda Adam, to mention a few..
The meeting was sharply divided into two when Chief Adebanjo brought the isuses of Yoruba boycotting the 2023 election if the constitution was not reviewed .
Some agreed with the nonagenarian leader with a slight adjustment that serious mobilisation should be done while others cautioned the group to tread softly on the issue .
Reading the resolution the Secretary of the group ,Sola Ebiseni said “There is increasing state of kidnapping in all Yoruba state which are associated with the Fulani Herdsmen .
“These have led to the relocation of some of our people particularly in Yewa in Ogun State – and Ibarapa area of Oyo state South West of Nigeria
“We note the illegal deployment of youth from northern parts of the country into Yoruba lands under the guise of okada riders an in some cases illegal miners .
“We commend our governors for their resolutions against open grazing anywhere in Yorubaland particularly and southern states in general .
“We enjoin our governors to further intensify security efforts particularly in deployment of the Amotekun security outfit and other vigiante and Hunters .
“We read it in the press that the head of MIYETI ALLAH that said they will not recognise the law passed by our states and that our governors will never be able to enforce those laws Afenifere says we will join the governor’s to ensure that the laws are enforced . If they have the capacity to tell us that the laws passed by our own parliaments in our own various states will not be enforced we will say Yoruba people will support the governor’s to ensure the laws are enforced and we assure them that the Yoruba people will suport the governors to enforce the laws.
“Finally , we note that in Oro Ago in Kwara state and the large expanse of land between Kwara and Kogi, designated to Fulani herders in Yorubaland is being occupied .
“The Yoruba people condemn it and we call on the governors of both Kwara and Kogi states to protect the Yoruba who are the indigineous owners of the land ..out of 16 local governments ,12 are of Yoruba origins so we are the owners of the state .”