‘ It’s Laughable’ — Nigerian Military Dismisses Call For Yoruba Nation

Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has rejected the recent agitation for Yoruba Nation in the South-West region as ridiculous.

Over the weekend, some Yoruba Nation supporters, dressed in military gear and masks, tried to take over the Oyo State Secretariat and Assembly.

They clashed with security forces but were eventually arrested, with 29 suspects taken into custody.

During a briefing in Abuja on Thursday, Major General Edward Buba, the Director of Defence Media Operations, stated that the agitation highlights how the country’s insecurity issues are often caused by its own actions.

“The agitation of Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in the South East has proven to be for self-aggrandizement. Then, the call for a Yoruba Nation is laughable. All these buttress how our security situation is self-inflicted in the country,” he said.

“These acts are against the constitution and, therefore, unacceptable for persons or groups to take up arms against a constituted government. Anyone or group that contravenes this provision of the constitution is inviting severe military action and would be dealt with decisively.”

The DHQ has also warned that terrorists and their supporters are planning to blackmail the military in response to their attacks on insurgents.

“It, therefore, should not be surprising, that these terrorists and their sympathisers plot to blackmail the military as a result of these airstrikes,” Buba said.

“The plot is to depict some casualties as innocent citizens rather than cohorts of this terrorist. It is therefore important for the media to be wary of the antics of these terrorist groups and their sympathisers.

“Our operations have prevented these evil elements from accomplishing their strategic objectives,” he added.

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By Adoga Stephen Editor-In-Chief
Stephen studied Mass Communication at the Lagos State Polytechnic, Ikorodu (now Lagos State University of Science and Technology), where he acquired requisite training for the practice of journalism. He loves the media, and his interest mostly lies in print medium, where his creative writing skill makes him a perfect fit.