Leader of a so-called Young Yoruba for Freedom, Adeyinka Grandson, who currently resides abroad, in a viral video, he urged all Igbos to leave Lagos in 48 hours or face dire consequences.
“We are giving you (Igbo) 48 hour ultimatum from Friday till Sunday October 25, to leave Yoruba land.
“From Monday, we will close all roads and stop all vehicles across Yoruba land, and all Igbo nationals would be dealt with accordingly,” Grandson alleged in the video.
Nollywood actress, Rita Daniels and Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka among others who are preaching national unity, and cautioning ethnic and religious jingoists against ruining the harmony that has existed — have reacted to the video.
Regina Daniels’ mum kicks against Adeyinka Grandson’s threat to Igbo in Yorubaland
Rita who is the mother of actress Regina Daniels reposted the video on Instagram on Saturday and wrote a lengthy message addressing what Adeyinka said.
She wrote: “PLS BE WISER WHAT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT SHOULD MAKE US WISER. The president’s threat or speech broke us but thought us many hard lessons. Myself and so many others couldn’t sleep last night. We were broken.
“We protested for 12 days without vandalisation12 days of rejecting bribe,12 days of caring and looking out for each other.12 days of giving free medical care and legal services. There was a candlelight service held all over the nation for fallen heroes,Youths despite the hard economy spent their personal money cooking for each other.
“No one knew who was a Yoruba, Igbo or Hausa, or Edo… We ate together and danced together. For 12 days we built the Nigeria of our dreams… And built their nightmare… And they got scared.
“They know if we’re united we would have one voice, If we have one voice, we have power.And if we have that power… WE WOULD DEMAND A BETTER NIGERIA.”
The mother of four also advised Nigerians to remember the good times they shared on the protest grounds irrespective of tribe and religion.
Adeyinka Grandson’s threat to Igbo is work of sick, cowardly minds – Wole Soyinka
Wole Soyinka in a release on Saturday in response to the viral video of Grandson’s threat described the threat by the UK-based Nigerian Adeyinka Grandson on Igbo indigenes to leave Yorubaland within 48 hours as the “work of sick, cowardly minds”.
“From Monday 26th of October, we will close the roads, stop all the vehicles across Yorubaland and every Igbo national will be dealt with accordingly. What happened at Ore in Ondo state in August 1967 are just highlights of what we are going to do from Monday, 26th October, 2020,” Grandson had said.
In his statement, Soyinka said: “Undoubtedly in order to promote the video clip of an ethnic revanchist calling on Igbo to leave Yoruba land, this same lunatic fringe has exhumed, and embarked on circulating an ancient fabrication – several years mouldering in the grave – once attributed to me and vigorously denounced.
“That statement impudently expounds, as my utterance, what the Hausa want, what the Yoruba want, and what the Igbo want.
“Such an attribution – let me once again reiterate – is the work of sick, cowardly minds that are ashamed, or lack the courage, as the saying goes, ‘to answer their fathers’ names.’ At least the current ethnic rabble-rouser has the courage of his convictions, not so the sick brigade of identity thieves.
“Normally, one should totally ignore the social dregs. However, in the present atmosphere where FAKE NEWS is so easily swallowed and acted upon without reflection, I feel once again obliged to denounce this recurrent obscenity.
“As for our brother and sister Igbo, I hope they have learnt to ignore the toxic bilge under which some Nigerian imbeciles seek to drown the nation.
“It is time also, I believe, to also enter the following admonition: one cannot continue to monitor and respond to the concoctions of these addicts of falsehood, and their assiduous promoters who have yet to learn to wipe the filth off their tablets.
“The patrons of social platforms should develop the art of discrimination. Some attributions are simply so gross that, to grant them even a moment’s latitude of probability diminishes the civic intelligence of the recipient.”
Leaders of some Yoruba and Igbo socio-cultural groups, including Afenifere, Yoruba Ronu Forum, and Ohanaeze Ndigbo, yesterday, also unanimously decried the attempt to use the viral video and the carnage that trailed the #EndSARS protests as a basis to truncate the good relationship between the two ethnic nationalities.
In August 2019, Grandson was arrested in London for allegedly “stirring racial discrimination” against the Igbo and Fulani ethnic groups and also “encouraging terrorism”.
Anyone that tells the Igbo or members of any other tribe to leave Lagos or anywhere else in the SW & that threatens them with violence is talking rubbish & is on their own. I call on my Igbo brothers in Lagos & the SW to stand their ground, stand firm & stay where they are..1/2
..The sons of Oduduwa will stand by you. The SW is safe for all non-indegenees. We are a peaceful, loving, liberal, kind & accommodating people. We are not animals & thugs. We do not give our compatriots ultimatums, throw them out of our territory or threaten them with violence.