By Sulaiman Salawudeen, Ado-Ekiti
States in the Southwest, comprising Oyo, Ogun, Ondo, Osun Ekiti and Lagos states, have been urged to honour late Hannah Idowu Dideolu (HID) Awolowo with a state burial.
The Oodua Liberation Movement, (OLM) said the South West states should not wait for the Federal Government before taking this decision.
The group in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Mr. Gbenga Awosode, also described the death of Chief (Mrs) Dideolu Awolowo as a victorious omen for the Awolowo family and the entire Yoruba nation.
A statement issued by the Pan-Yoruba group on Tuesday said HID Awolowo lived almost up to 100 years, surviving all the political adversaries of herself and her late husband.
The statement read: “To be almost 100 years is no joke. HID kept faith with her husband, who died in 1987 at the ripe age of 78. That HID could survive this long is a sign of the fact that her husband stood and fought for the greatest good of the highest number with old age and a prosperous life as a reward.”
In a related development, the OLM describe the kidnap of former presidential candidate and Afenifere chieftain, Chief Olu Falae, as a huge embarrassment to the Yoruba Nation.
Awosode urged the Fulani national leaders to prevail on the herdsmen to release the politician unconditionally and without further delay.
“The kidnap of Chief Olu Falae is an embarrassment to the Yoruba Nation. It shows clearly how unsafe and dangerous the South West has suddenly become. Our homeland used to be the example that other regions cite in terms of security and peace.
“People come here from the East and North. Now the region is no longer safe. You cannot talk of sustainable development when the state governments cannot guarantee the security of lives and properties.
“Nobody will take you serious when you are talking of democracy and the basic condition of protection of human lives cannot be guaranteed,” it said.
The OLM, which was established in 1995, said the kidnap of Chief Falae has the potential of stirring up violent ethnic clashes between the Yoruba and the Hausa-Fulani people.
“We warn that democracy may be derailed by the single action of some vagabonds. The attack on innocent Yoruba people by the armed herdsmen and women is a continuous onslaught on the peace of Yorubaland. The implication is that if the attacks continue, without any concrete action from the state and local governments, the self-determination groups might be compelled to take laws into their hands,” the group said.