Planned Coup | Yoruba group vows to protect Femi Fani-Kayode, others. A Yoruba group, the Igbimo Odo Yoruba, has vowed to resist any attack on Fani-Kayode or any Yoruba Leaders from what it described as some elements from a section of the northern region of Nigeria. The group, in a statement signed by Ologun Ayodeji, its national publicity secretary on Sunday, May 21, cautioned the Arewa Youth Forum for threatening Fani-Kayode for his verbal attack on President Muhammadu Buhari and the northern elders.
The Igbimo Odo Yoruba described Femi Fani-Kayode as a true born Yoruba son, a patriot and a committed citizen of Nigeria. The group said no amount of gang-up to harass and intimidate Femi Fani Kayode or any of our leaders, will be tolerated.
It said: “The Igbimo Odo Yoruba, have watched with utmost dismay, the growing threat and assault to free speech, by some elements, from a section of the northern region of Nigeria. Most recent of these threats, is a statement, credited to a paid gang, which prides itself as the Arewa Youth Forum, which in a statement signed by one Gambo Gunjuju, warned a former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, against what he described as Chief Fani Kayode’s “verbal attack” on President Muhammadu Buhari and the Northern Elders.
“The self-styled Arewa group in the said statement, also posted, that Chief Femi Fani-Kayode should be ready to face the consequences of his verbal attacks if he continues. Hence, necessitating our reaction.” The group called on those opposing Fani-Kayode to tap from the eye opening patriotic criticisms of political commentator to liberate themselves from what it described as the mental slavery that today’s generation of Northern youth have become victims of. “They have chosen the path of perdition, by declaring their willingness, to become a willing tool in the hands of the northern oligarchy, which has held their region and the entire nation on hostage, particularly since the imposition of the ineffective leadership of President Buhari on Nigeria, since 2015. “While we are not moved an inch, by these empty threat by the cowardly group, we wish to remind them, that Chief Femi Fani Kayode is a true born Yoruba Son, a patriot and committed citizen of Nigeria. May we also inform these gang and their sponsors, that the Yoruba Race, particularly the youth, are more than prepared to resist, any form of assault or attack by whatever means, on Chief Fani Kayode or any of our leaders.
“For the sake of the Nigerian people, particularly those, who have increasingly appreciated the patriotic criticism of the incumbent ineffectual regime, by Chief Femi Fani Kayode, who today remains the most visible patriotic opposition voice in the country, we want to assure them that no amount of gang-up to harass and intimidate Chief Femi Fani Kayode or any of our leaders, will be tolerated at any given time. We are resolved, to use every legitimate means within our reach to resist and respond decisively to any form of aggression on our land and its people,” it said. The group noted that the Yoruba nation are no strangers to what it said was the antics of the North. It said: “Its agents like the paid gang of Arewa Youth Forum, in their perpetual attempt at making others feel inferior in a nation that we all own and much more in our own land, going by their latest threats and actions “In lieu of the above, we are calling on all patriotic Nigerians, to resist this cowardly attempt to internally colonise Nigerians again, by these self serving elements from a section of the northern Nigeria, who are devilishly determined to sustain a nearly totally collapsed Presidency of Muhammadu Buhari on Nigerians.
It called urged Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and other patriots, who it noted were currently giving their best, to salvage this Nation from the unprecedented failure of leadership, not to be distracted by the antics of these agent provocateurs. Meanwhile, the Southern and Middle Belt Allied Youths (SAMBAY) have replied their northern counterparts over the threat the Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) issued against a former minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode. In a statement signed by Fidelis Ujah (Middle Belt), Onyema Ukachukwu (South East) and Mustapha Olasubomi (South West) and received by our correspondent, the coalition warned that nothing must happen to Fani-Kayode. The group, which spoke after an emergency meeting it called to discuss the threats “that have not only been issued by northern elements against Femi Fani-Kayode but also against the other parts of the country in recent times as regards permutations for 2019,” said it knows that it is the AYF that is pursuing purely selfish interests. According to it, the AYF is doing this by insisting that power must remain in the north when their definition of ‘north’ has clearly over the years excluded the middle belt region.