The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams has warned the autopilot faction of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) as led by Simon Ekpa to stop its plans to stage a sit-at-home in Lagos or South-West.

A sit-at-home protest is currently being enforced in the South-East region of the country to press the Nigerian government to release the IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kanu, from detention, although the Biafran group had since dissociated itself from the sit-at-home and its attendant violence.

Adams in a telephone interview with our correspondent cautioned Ekpa or any accomplice against contemplating such a move or attempt to impose Biafran agenda on Lagos or any other part of the South-West because the region was not Biafra Republic.

Reports had quoted Ekpa as hinting in a tweet on Wednesday of plans by his militants to replicate the sit-at-home in Lagos. Ekpa was quoted as saying in a tweet that “Biafrans in Lagos should get ready to be part of the demand to release Mazi Nnamdi Kanu. We are coming to Lagos after the two-week-long sit at home.

“It is time to show your solidarity to this call for justice. Biafrans in Lagos will lock down. The consultation will start soon”.

Ekpa had on Tuesday announced that there would be a two-week sit-at-home in the South-East region.
Adams cautioned the Finnish-based ethnic propagandist to desist from “repeating the mistake of the 1970s,” and to drop the move which he described as uncalled for and counterproductive.

The Aare Ona Kakanfo emphasised that the South-West is not part of “their Biafra” Republic and as such, it was preposterous for “outsiders to dictate or impose their agenda on people of other regions whom they cohabit with as residents.”

He said: “I can’t go to the South East now and say I want to decide for the people of that region. So, it is not possible to import South-East agenda into Yorubaland. It would be counterproductive. We advise him (Ekpa) to drop that idea.

“He should not try that. The South West is not Biafra Republic. Any attempt to impose Biafra Republic agenda will be resisted. He should desist from repeating the mistake of the 1970s. He should be very, very careful.

“They are entitled to their opinion, but South West is not their Biafran region. He should be very, very careful.

“He should not come and impose his own agenda on the South West. It is uncalled-for, it is unwarranted. Although I don’t know him and I have not spoken to him, he should not bring unnecessary tension to Yorubaland. We will not accept that.”

The Aare Ona Kakanfo reiterated the position of the South West that Nigeria should be re- structured into true federalism whereby each of the federating units would be allowed to develop at their own pace.

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