The leader of the Yoruba non-governmental organization, Ilana Omo Oodua (IOOW), called Sunday’s attack on Owo Church a declaration of war against the Yoruba people.
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On Sunday, June 5, gunmen attacked St. Francis Catholic Church in the Owaluwa area of Owo, the headquarters of the Owo Local Government Area in Ondo State, killed more than 50 church members during a service, leaving many more injured.
Armed men stormed a church in the home of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on the Volkswagen Golf 4, raided around 11:15 a.m. during the service, and shot at the church while others stopped at the church door to block it. people fleeing the church.
Professor Banji Akintoye, leader of Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, now condemned the attack, saying it would never happen again.
Akintoye said, “The attacks on the Fulani robbers need to be dealt with openly and courageously to show their supporters that the Yoruba people will never be intimidated or defeated.”
The leader of the Ilana party, in a statement to the Secretary of Communications, Mr. Maxwell Adeleye, entitled, “Attack on the Owo Catholic Church is a declaration of war against the Yoruba people – Akintoye”, called on Ondo Regional Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to declare the situation emergency against them. the duties of Fulani herdsmen in the province immediately.
The statement reads,
“We have made it clear that the Yoruba people need to negotiate their immediate departure from Nigeria, but our political allies in Yorubaland have not taken us seriously.
“Today, we are all surrounded, especially in Lagos. The cleverness of the clergy to the bombing of the Yorubaland church to kill certain people, indicates that we are now in real danger.
“My urgent advice to Governor Akeredolu is to take the gauntlet and declare a state of emergency against the activities of all Fulani herdsmen in the province immediately. Now it has been taken lightly. We no longer have to pretend.
“We, the Yoruba people, cannot live in the same country as the characters whose ideology is to become a normal Nigerian citizen to torture, conquer and even annihilate us. It’s time to dump her and move on. All stakeholders – esteemed, traditional rulers, our women must take action now.
“All the South West provinces, including the Yoruba leaders in the Kogi and Kwara provinces should declare a state of emergency against the activities of Fulani cattle herders. Now we must take our decisions into our own hands, ”he said.