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Oodua Youth Parliament disowns Sunday Igboho’s call for secession

Secretary to the Gombe State Government, Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi (right) after being conferred on him the title of ‘Mayegun’ by OYP Speaker, Abdulmojeed Oladimeji, in Government House Gombe.
William Attah, Gombe

Members of the Oodua Youth Parliament (OYP), have distanced themselves from the clamour for secession of the South Western States from Nigeria as spearheaded by Sunday Igboho.

Speaker of OYP, Mr. Abdulmojeed Olademeji, stated this after the youth pressure group conferred on the Secretary to Gombe State Government (SSG), Professor Ibrahim Abubakar Njodi, the title of “Mayegun” Ambassador of Peace.

He said every country needs peace and as a youth pressure group, they condemn anything that will not bring peace to Nigeria.

According to him, “you can check our statements, we are not in support of Sunday in demanding for Oodua nation out of Nigeria. We’re not in support, let’s sit down and discuss issues affecting insecurity in our country, that is our position.”

He said, before any agitation, there should be plans on ground, stressing that, “if you are demanding for a country, what are your demands? We must manage ourselves to move our country forward”.

Earlier, during the presentation, Mr. Olademeji described Professor Njodi as an icon of peace in this generation adding that the unity of this country is not negotiable. He called on the youths to emulate the professor’s peaceful disposition.

He said professor Njodi had always stood for peace and unity of this country wherever he is bestowed with public trust.

Responding, Professor Njodi said he was elated by the conferment of the title of peace, more so that it is coming from the youths who he described as the hope and future of the country.

He admitted the failure of the older generation and commended the youths for discussing the bitterness of the past with their clamour for peace and unity of the country.

He challenged the youths to stand firm for the future greatness of the country noting, “as leaders of tomorrow, it is up to you to build or destroy this country’.

He stressed, however, that “with this crop of youth, Nigeria’s future looks brighter”.

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