Concerning the Yoruba Consensus.
Amotekun engendered the current Yoruba Consensus. The problem is therefore not about its legality or constitutionality, but in the 1999 Constitution and the “law” it purports to promote; for the recognition of the existence of the Peoples, as Nations, created by God, is the first requirement of Law and Constitutionality.
The 1999 Constitution, flowing from all the efforts of the Nigerian Military to impose a uniformity on the Nations of Nigeria, otherwise known as Unitarism, denies our humanity and is a violation of this fundamental principle.
Thus, we see persons alleged to have committed crimes paraded as if they are not human beings; the security agencies, rather than secure the communities, become their overlords and justice is absent from the judicial system; the Peoples are separated from their humanity.
By which we know that our humanity, recognizing ourselves as human beings, including the alleged and substantive criminals, is already denied by the architecture of State that seeks to homogenize all the Peoples of the geo-political territory of Nigeria into “one”.
This Yoruba Consensus supersedes any of the previous “national conferences”; establishes the basis for the Yoruba Referendum; provides the platform for the demonstration of our self-existence; is the expression and reaffirmation of our Nationality as self-secured and the re-establishment of our humanity. It cannot therefore be legislated into or out of existence by the 1999 Constitution.
Only the Yoruba Nation and People can determine their own state of existence; while relations with other Nationalities will be negotiated with those Nationalities, hence the necessity for the Yoruba Referendum.
The Yoruba Consensus is our Ziklag.
The Amalekites attacked Ziklag and took away all they could while burning the remainder and David, having been anointed to replace Saul as king, became the subject of opprobrium. He was to be stoned by the People for what they considered the loss of their humanity—for even their wives, sons and daughters were taken away.
And before Ziklag, David had fought his battles with or without alliances and without letting down his guard as to the raison d’etre for these, to wit: the self-preservation and self-security of his Nation.
When thus confronted by the situation in Ziklag, he did not allow himself to be defined by the adversary. He did not allow himself to be alienated from his God-given identity. He strengthened himself in the Lord, from whom he asked what is to be done, saying, “Shall I pursue this troop? Shall I overtake them?” 1 Samuel 30:8(a).
So, shall we pursue?
That is, pursue our Self-Determination and Autonomy in the light of the experiences we have had, and are having, in Nigeria, with what had been and is being taken away from us.
In contemporary times, the Yoruba Nation had fought all sorts of battles to sustain herself: the opposition to the NCNC/NPC Alliance’s attempt at decimating our land; “wet e”, in opposition to the blatant and shameless rigging of the 1965 Western Region elections; the coalescing of all Yoruba forces at the onset of the Nigeria-Biafra war, leading to the Yoruba Consensus to make Chief Obafemi Awolowo the Yoruba leader to prosecute the war on our behalf; to the various anti-military struggles where the most intense efforts took place in Yorubaland; the alliance that spearheaded the “June 12” protests.
The Yoruba also entered into all sorts of alliances; the solidification of the so-called paradigm shift in the land that saw the Yoruba hankering after the center; all the way to the present, where, once again, another alliance enabled the emergence of the present Regime.
At every point in all these alliances, something was always taken away from us. We were always expected to jettison our Nationality.
Thus, Balarabe Musa, Ralph Obiora et al, supposed progressives in the North and East, summarily withdrew from NADECO, claiming it had become a “Yoruba affair”. Yoruba advocates of paradigm shift ended up with the murder of Chief Bola Ige thrown in their faces. And now, the Buhari Regime is hiding behind the wall of “national security” to perpetuate Northern Hegemony and homogenization.
The Yoruba are not supposed to exist as Yoruba; but the Fulani North are fully living their Nationality.
Hence, pastoralism, a Hausa-Fulani cultural and economic paradigm, is turned into a pan-Nigerian economic imperative, via RUGA or “livestock transformation plan”; the Almajiri system, a largely Fulani/Northern socio-cultural practice, is turned into a countrywide educational problematic. And this, after ensuring the collapse of the educational system in other parts of Nigeria, resulting in the expansion of out of school children as a consequence; some major markets in our cities, in reality ghettos parading as markets, are monopolized by so-called “nation builders” from the East. And the list can go on.
A North East Development Commission was established, ostensibly as a counter to Boko Haram destruction even when there had not been any discernible development recorded by the Niger Delta Development Commission since it was created in 2000. Despite these, some Yoruba Senators are demanding for a South West Development Commission.
Yet, part of what had been taken away from us is the entrepreneurial spirit behind Oodua Investments, established as the holding company of the Western Nigeria Development Corporation which drove the economic development of the Region; meaning, there is no need for a centrally sanctioned “development agency”.
So, we know what had been, and is being taken away from us, even if we are still physically occupying the land; despite this being compounded by the additional push to take over what is left through a demographic shift.
The military is a weapon in this quest; the National Assembly its footstool.
By decrying Nigeria’s state of insecurity, it sought refuge in amending the 1999 Constitution in order to accommodate restructuring of the security architecture.
But Glory be to God in the Highest! Amen
For thus has the Lord said to me: “Go, set a watchman, Let him declare what he sees.” Isaiah 21:6
Then he cried, “A lion, my Lord! I stand continually on the watchtower in the daytime; I have sat at my post every night. And look, here comes a chariot of men with a pair of horsemen!” Then he answered and said, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen! And all the carved images of her gods He has broken to the ground” Isaiah 21:8-9
“Carved images” come in various forms; some, carved in the open for entertainment; some, carved in the secret as substitutes for God.
The 1999 Constitution is the carved image of the god of Unitarism, underwritten by the various military interventions, planned in secret, decreeing us out of existence and attempting to create a new Identity for us.
Amending this carved image to provide for “community policing” or “state police” and sprucing these up with the reports of or setting up of any “National Conference” will only alter the contours of its carving; it will not replace it.
The Community must first exist for its policing to exist. The State must exist on its own before it can have its own police system.
States were arbitrarily created and declared as “Federating Units”. The 1999 Constitution decreed our communities into existence by way of naming the 774 Local Governments in the Constitution. That our governments had to devise ways and means of circumventing it by creating LCDAs makes the case for abrogating this carved image of Unitarism.
And so, God answered David: “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake them and without fail recover all.” 1 Samuel 30: 8(b)
David pursued and recovered all with his army made up of “everyone who was in distress, everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented…. he became captain over them. And there were about four hundred men with him.”
The Yoruba Nation is in distress, in economic degeneration and discontented—and so, as David and his men pursued and recovered all, so shall the Yoruba Nation without fail, recover all.
The Yoruba Referendum is the route to recovery; the template for any type of Constitutional Re-Formation of Nigeria; the response to any form of military intervention; the alternative to any and all sorts of “national confabs”, and the answer to any promises of “Restructuring”.
As Saul rejected David and sought to kill him to prevent him from achieving God’s purpose; so, the Central government can declare the Yoruba Referendum illegal and unconstitutional.
As David established another pathway towards achieving his objective, so, the Yoruba Referendum provides the platform to set up our own institution(s) for the manifestation of our right to exist as Yoruba.
That which I have heard from the Lord of hosts, The God of Israel, I have declared to you.