Yoruba Council of Elders says it is “battle-ready” against those who might want to cause violence in the South-West.
The socio-cultural group said after its executive council meeting in Ibadan on Thursday that “dissidents” who might want to bring the violence that had charaterised the North to Yoruba land would meet a stiff resistance.
In a communiqué at the end of the meeting, the YCE said, “The security situation in the country calls for urgent attention from the Federal Government. The Yoruba race will not stay idle and watch the country destroyed.
“We appreciate the effort of President Goodluck Jonathan in tackling the problems brought about by some misguided elements, who are bent on destroying the unity of Nigeria.” The group warned unnamed “elements”, saying its concern was the progress of the country.
Member of the executive committee of YCE, and former Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Dr. Dejo Raimi, told journalists after the meeting that the group had “taken steps to ensure the violence did not come to the South West. We are elders, we will not say more than that.”
The meeting was chaired by YCE’s Secretary-General, Maj.-General Adeyinka Adebayo (retd).