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“It’s laughable” – Military reacts to agitation for Yoruba Nation

The Defence Headquarters (DHQ) has described recent agitation for Yoruba Nation in the South-West region as laughable.

Recall that on Saturday, some Yoruba Nation agitators dressed in military camouflage and black masks invaded the Oyo State Secretariat, attempted to hoist their flag and also take over the State House of Assembly.

The agitators engaged the security operatives but were subdued, leading to the arrest of 29 suspects.

Speaking at a briefing, in Abuja on Thursday, the Director of Defence Media Operations, Maj. Gen. Edward Buba said the agitation has further pointed out how the insecurity ravaging many parts of the country is self-inflicted.

“The agitation of IPOB in the South East has proven to be for self-aggrandizement. Then, the call for a Yoruba Nation is laughable. All these buttress how our security situation is self-inflicted in the country,” he said.

“These acts are against the constitution and therefore, unacceptable for persons or groups to take up arms against a constituted government. Anyone or group that contravenes this provision of the constitution is inviting severe military action and would be dealt with decisively.”

The DHQ also raised alarm that terrorists and their sympathisers were planning to blackmail the military, following its onslaught on insurgents.

“It, therefore, should not be surprising, that these terrorists and their sympathisers plot to blackmail the military as a result of these airstrikes,” Buba said.

“The plot is to depict some casualties as innocent citizens rather than cohorts of this terrorist. It is therefore important for the media to be wary of the antics of these terrorist groups and their sympathisers.

“Our operations have prevented these evil elements from accomplishing their strategic objectives,” he added.

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