Yoruba coalition in the Diaspora, Yoruba One Voice (YOV) has expressed concerns over the “insensitive” response of President Muhammadu Buhari to calls for restructuring.
YOV announced that Yorubas may be pushed to secede from Nigeria.
The spokesman, Zacheus Somorin, in a statement on Tuesday, appealed to the members and organizations to commence the framework “for the review of the country’s structure”.
The reaction was a reply to comments by presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu, that Buhari will not succumb to threats and undue pressure regarding devolution of powers.
Prominent Nigerians and groups including Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere, Southern and Middle Belt Forum, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Prof. Wole Soyinka, Aare Gani Adams, among others, have reiterated their calls for Governors Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti and Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna on November 1 added their voice.
YOV said despite the fact the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Buhari rode on the wings of agitation in 2015 to earn votes, his body language shows that he is not in full support.
“We expected that this administration will collate, digest and present assurances to Nigerians that President Buhari will do the needful by rebuilding the country towards inclusivity on the altar of restructuring. But the government had other ideas wrapped in uncouth language. But Nigerians will not be shout down from making their points even in the face of threats.
“For a nation of over 200 million people, the incidents of the past weeks should have taught us that if any civil war happens in Nigeria, the casualties will be huge. That is why we are urging the UK, the US Congress, the Commonwealth, the British Parliament, and other international bodies, to superintend over the peaceful dissolution of the country.”