Yoruba residents in Kano under a group called Concerned Yoruba Community in Kano have called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other Yoruba leaders in the country to intervene in the issue of sacking of Abba Kabir Yusuf by the Appeal Court.
They made the call at a special press conference in Kano yesterday saying there is a negative notion going round that people are denied what they have elected because the president is Yoruba, a situation that is endangering their lives as Yorubas living in Kano.
The group headed by Taofeek Olalekan Olaosebikan warned that removing Yusuf as governor is very worrisome as the unfolding political situation will have adverse effects on the Yorubas in the state.
„Kano is a very volatile state politically and this is the reason why all men and women of goodwill should be concerned about the situation in Kano and rally round towards a collective initiative to save the state from any calamity which will affect us and our livelihood.
„In this regard, we are using this platform to call on all Yoruba Obas and leaders of thought to wade into the Kano situation without further delay by engaging President Bola Ahmad Tinubu for a possible political settlement of the Kano logjam.
„Kano must not be allowed to erupt into such preventable chaos as it happened in the past.
„Of course, many enlightened minds believe very strongly that what we are witnessing in Kano today has a strong relationship with political elite interference in the political result and mandate so obviously given to Abba Kabir Yusuf by the citizens of the state,“ the group stated.
The group claimed that „in spite of the pronouncement by the courts, we must never forget that Governor Abba Kabir Yusuf‘s party won in 2019 but were denied the victory. Now in 2023, the same scenario is unfolding, which is already being met with resistance.“
While also claiming that the judiciary has been interfered with, the group called on former president Obasanjo and Ooni of Ife to intervene.
The group also called on the Oba of Lagos, Alake of Egba, Awujale of Ijebuland, Olubadan of Ibadan and other Yoruba leading lights to come to their aid claiming that it would not be easy for them if the situation deteriorates.