The Apapo Oodua Koya, (AOKOYA) has warned the deposed former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Mohammed Sanusi not to contemplate living permanently in Lagos.
AOKOYA, the Pan Yoruba group in a statement issued on Saturday, said the Sanusi’s plan of relocating to Lagos, one of Yoruba chief cities is unhealthy for the culture and heritage of Yoruba people.
“We caution you not to relocate and live permanently in Lagos. As a former Emir of Kano, you have over 50 cities and villages you can live in the North. You do not need to come and live in Lagos. When the Alaafin of Oyo 1 was deposed, he didn’t choose Sokoto or Kano to live.”
AOKOYA said Sanusi’ s plot of relocating to Lagos is a conscious attempt to challenge the dominion of Yoruba Obas, traditional institutions and possibly use the opportunity to build a counter Fulani Emirate in Yorubaland.
The group said “We are aware that Sanusi coming to Lagos will draw many of his supporters to Lagos. They will be going to pay homage to him in Lagos. It will be an opportunity for him to coordinate Fulani activities in the South West. The millions of Fulani people in Lagos will seek to pay homage to him and differ to him as he becomes a major stakeholder in South West traditional and cultural affairs. This will have short and long term implication for cultural and social equilibrium in Lagos and the entire Yorubaland. All over history, Fulani settlement anywhere have led to pains and anguish not to talk of someone with penchant for Fulani supremacy.”
The statement was signed by AOKOYA official Col Abimbola Sowumi (rtd)
AOKOYA said the former Emir is anxious to use Yorubaland as a launch pad to regain his lost throne adding that Sanusi who is reputed for desperation and power mongering will use his relocation to Lagos to create another Emirate in Lagos in the passage of time. “If in Lagos he will be receiving local and international visitors. Given his enormous wealth, It is a matter of time before he turns himself into a parallel traditional institution in Yorubaland. What Sanusi wants to achieve is to make Lagos another outpost of the Fulani hegemony.”
The group said Sanusi has made statements in the past showing his bizzare hatred for Yoruba people saying that his choice of Lagos is borne out of mischieve.
“Sanusi is a very opportunistic man who grandstands. He is cunny, tribalistic and vain. He claims to be fighting for the masses but has done nothing for them except owning fleet of cars including Rolls Royce. He is a descendant of Uthman Dan Fodio whose long term ambition is to conquer and subjugate other nationalities in Nigeria. His great grandfather killed millions of people in the North in order to take over their land and resources. Mr Sanusi has not at any time condemned this crime except nursing the ambition to be the custodian of the blood stained crown. His preference for Lagos can only spell doom for the political economy and the culture of Yoruba people.”