Yoruba Nation activist, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho has called on the Nigerian military to stop misleading Nigerians.
According to him, the agitation for the Yoruba Nation is not a security threat.
He was reacting to a remark credited to the Director of Defence Media Operations, Maj Gen Edward Buba, who listed the Yoruba self-determination movement as a threat to the peace in the South-West zone.
Buba, while addressing defence correspondents in Abuja on Friday on the activities of the Armed Forces of Nigeria, claimed that security threats in various geopolitical zones differ, pointing out that the major threat in the South-West remained the Yoruba Nation agitators.
But Igboho, in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Ibadan, Oyo State, said the Federal Government under the leadership of President Bola Tinubu should disregard such security report, which he described as blackmail.
“ we take exception to the wrong and baseless position of the Director of Defence Media Operations, Buba, for identifying the Yoruba Nation agitators as a major threat to the peace in the South-West.
“This is not only far from the truth but also a flimsy excuse, which showcased the failure of the military to tackle the menace of insecurity, which threatened the peace in Nigeria, most especially during the immediate past regime of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Apart from the ignoble and vicious attacks on some states in the North, most especially in the North-East, by the Boko Haram terrorists, fulani bandits were controlling some local governments in some parts of the North during Buhari’s administration, collecting levies and other forms of revenues unhindered. The military could not do anything tangible to stop this act of threat against the territorial integrity of the nation.”
He alleged that rather than eliminate terrorists, the military “is chasing shadows and wrongfully accusing Yoruba Nation movement of threat to peace in the South-West.”
“This is just a figment of their own imagination, which should be ignored by discerning Nigerians and other relevant stakeholders,” he said.