The recent concerns raised by the Yoruba community in Kano State have garnered attention and sparked reactions.
The Yoruba residents in certain parts of Kano State expressed apprehension about potential attacks following the recent ruling of the Appeal Court, which nullified the election of Governor Abba Yusuf.
The Appeal Court’s unanimous decision by a three-member panel of justices stated that Governor Yusuf was not a valid candidate in the gubernatorial election. The court cited evidence indicating that he was not a member of the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) at the time of the election, making him ineligible to contest according to the constitution.
Consequently, Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna of the All Progressives Congress (APC) was declared the winner of the election. This verdict triggered anger nationwide, with some individuals accusing the ruling APC of influencing the court’s decision.
Amidst this tension, there have been reports of threats and allegations that certain indigenes in Kano are planning to attack Yoruba residents. The Yoruba community has called for intervention from Yoruba leaders and concerned citizens across the country.
Afenifere, a socio-cultural group representing the Yoruba people, has responded by urging caution in the situation. They emphasize the need for peaceful resolution and dialogue, calling on Yoruba leaders and other well-meaning individuals to address the matter and prevent any potential violence.
During a special press conference, a group led by Taofeek Olalekan Olaosebikan expressed alarm over the situation, claiming that their lives in Kano were at risk.
The group called on Yoruba leaders and Obas (traditional rulers) to promptly intervene in the Kano situation. They urged them to engage President Bola Ahmad Tinubu to explore a potential political settlement to resolve the ongoing political crisis in Kano.
They emphasized the importance of preventing Kano from descending into avoidable chaos, similar to incidents in the past. They also suggested a connection between the current situation in Kano and political interference by the elite in the electoral process, which resulted in the overturning of Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf’s mandate.
Meanwhile, Mr. Matthew Adebayo, a Yoruba trader in Kano, shared his experience, stating that some indigenes had allegedly threatened Yoruba residents, claiming that Yoruba people had interfered with their elected candidate. He expressed concern over the hostility directed towards Yoruba individuals, who are primarily focused on making a living and not involved in politics.
On the other hand, Seyi Oluronsola, Chairman of the Yoruba Cultural Group (believed to be formed by Yoruba members of the All Progressives Congress), dismissed the allegations as plots by the New Nigerian People’s Party (NNPP) and its supporters to blackmail the president. He maintained that people from various political affiliations, including APC, PDP, NNPP, and Labour Party, coexist peacefully in Kano.
The National Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Comrade Jare Ajayi, acknowledged the Yoruba community’s right to seek help when they sense danger or feel threatened. However, he cautioned against encouraging executive interference in the judicial process and emphasized the importance of security agencies ensuring the safety of all residents in Kano, regardless of their tribe.
Ajayi also urged politicians to consider the potential consequences of harm inflicted on residents in one area leading to reprisals in another part of the country. He emphasized the need to seek peaceful avenues for redress and live harmoniously with one another, promoting adherence to the rule of law.
Afenifere called on the Kano State Governor and security agencies to prioritize the protection of lives and properties, affirming that every Nigerian is entitled to safety and security.