Restructuring: ‘Yorubas Are The Most Ungrateful Backstabbers’ – Arewa Youth Coalition

Restructuring: ‘Yorubas Are The Most Ungrateful Backstabbers’ – Arewa Youth Coalition

By Kenneth Ebelemi | Sub Editor on June 28, 2017
Yemi Osinbajo, Muhammadu Buhari, Yomi Kasali
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo pictured during a ministration at the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Jesus House at the Silverbird Galleria in Abuja

A coalition of Arewa youth has said that “the Yoruba are the most ungrateful stock in Nigeria”, in a statement signed on behalf of the group by Muhammed Shehu and Tanko Abdullahi, after an emergency meeting called by the coalition in Daura, Katsina State, on Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

In what may be the most inflammatory statement of the times, the Northern youth group, which said that they speak for the youth of Northern Nigeria, said “having given power to the Yoruba on a platter of gold in 1999 as a way of compensating them for the June 12 saga, it is quite worrisome and unfortunate that they have lived up to their legendary reputation of backstabbing and betrayal by supporting the divisive calls for restructuring or dismemberment of the nation against the will and desire of the north”.

“We gave the late Chief MKO Abiola the mandate in 1993 but shortly after that, as it is with the Yoruba as a culture, they immediately started circling around Abiola plotting on how to emasculate the north and strip us of every access we had to the politics and economy of this nation,” the Arewa group said in the statement which was e-mailed to The Trent.

“They had also raised a secret army of their elites to carry out these sinister plans against the north if Abiola eventually became president. It was this army that was unleashed on the nation in the guise of NADECO during the June 12 impasse.

“May we remind the Yoruba that without the willingness and magnanimity of the north, there was no way Abiola could have purportedly won that election, and that all the Yoruba have now as assets in the South West, especially Lagos, were given to them by our leaders out of our own usual magnanimity.

“However, time and time again, the Yoruba have always turned their back on us whenever their support is needed. They have chosen to pitch tent with the Igbo this time around just to spite us, but we shall not succumb to their antics.

“We are very much aware that all the attacks against President Muhammadu Buhari were planted in the media by the Yoruba and spread by southerners generally just to discredit the north in order to pave way for their son, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to become president. But their plans will fail insha Allah.

“We shall resist every of such plans and ensure by all means possible, that the north completes its eight-year tenure and possibly even continue after then, and that the federal structure of Nigeria as it currently is, is not tampered with by secession mongers and their collaborators,” the statement concluded.


  1. We simple want our freedom and do not feel Nigerians as you do. It`s entrenched and enshrined on UN chapter that every man has the right to decide his or her own destiny. Nigeria is not our destiny and we do not feel Nigerians so we want to go. Whatever you have with the Yorubas just settle that with them but we Biafrans are going anyway. We see no sense in Nigeria. This is a fake marriage – christian and Muslim cannot live together and share things in common. And moreover, we have different language, religion, culture, lifestyles, custom and dressing, philosophy of life, tradition, etc. It is clear to everyone that cannot live together as one . Keep Nigeria one for the north and the west and /or if you like rule forever but we Biafrans are going.

  2. The yorubas are backstabbers and the Igbos are selfish. What of the Hausa/Fulani? As holy as BokoHaram and Fulani Herdsmen i guess. Their lamentation is only because everyone have woken up to see their parasitic attitude. Nigeria will not remain the same whether they like it or not

  3. Here we go again! Soon Yorubas Will gloss over it and excuse the rant as exuberant. Awolowo, like current leadership,
    hoped in vain to preside over a large entity creating today’s dilemma.

  4. “that the north completes its eight-year tenure and possibly even continue after then”
    Hear the talk of complete idiots. That doesn’t sound selfish to them, they already assumed southerners to be their god given slaves.
    The best solution is from the three regions should go separate ways, except superiority of the northerners.

  5. Nigeria will be a better state if we go back to regional arrangement where power will be given to the federating units to develop their region in education,roads , health ,industries and manage their resources

  6. Speaking as if they (Northern leaders-military) have the de facto right to distribute political and economic values. What an insult to insinuate “we”, who are u brainless Arewa groups?
    You don’t speak on behalf of the true Northerners, you are the selfish monafiquns (Hypocrites) that prop up divisions and mayhem but hide when blood spills on streets.

  7. Attention seekers and jobless mouthers. “We” is too insulting and arrogant. Your past military leaders never had legitimate mandate so who did they benefit without benefitting themselves and families million times over. They and you jobless Arewa are the stains on Islam and the goodness legacies of Aminu Kano et al. I wonder why the poor had no brains by siding with leeches called political elites of the North and the whole Nigeria in general. What impact did Northern political domination have on the social and economic sphere of Arewa except quadrupling poverties as urchins stroll streets unkempt and no viable industrial base but tertiary agro-biz. “Indeed, Allah will not change the condition of a people until they change what is in themselves.” If restructuring is the option let it be, Nigerians cannot be held hostage forever to clueless leadership in the name of a spurious Messiah and altruistic “born-to-rule’ demagogues.

  8. Now are we still one Nigeria?am not against any tribe and I love all tribes because every tribe has their own culture and believe,we should respect that.Now following the speech and statement by Arewa youth forum. It sounds as if you own Nigeria! And is only you that can determine what will happen to Nigeria.let me tell you guys the truth,Guns and Bombs don’t respect any one, you may be the first to die.That’just it.But before that will happen​ as we can not​ agree on one thing while not separate and let Biafrans go and make there own Country? Think about it oooooh, before it will be late.A word is enough for the wise.

  9. It seems the North believes that they are the landlord where Nigeria is the property. Then all other Nigerians are their tenants including the Igbos, Yorubas, Efiks, Ibibios, Edos, and all others. To end this their fake dream and bring down their castle in the air RESTRUCTURING OF NIGERIA is no longer a choice but a must.

  10. For you to say that the Yorubas are backstabbers means that you have no respect for reality. Whatever is the case the Yorubas like any other Nation in Nigeria has the right to determine its destiny. The Yorubas have propped you up politically since Nigeria was amalgamated. Now that they have woken from their political slumber you’re calling them names.
    The way things are unravelling now against you is not caused by the Yorubas but by you. But this is the Lord’s doing and it’s great to behold

  11. The three trouble-making cultural groups in ‘Nigeria’ need to learn that unity is linked to Divine anointing and blessing (Psalm133:1-3) and that ” where you have envy and strife/selfish ambition/contention, there you find chaos/confusion/disorder/insurrection and every evil practice.” (James 3:16).

    Galatians 5:14 For all of The Written Law is fulfilled in one saying, by this: “You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another.

  12. It is so unfortunate that these supposedly educated Northern youths could be talking like their predecessors used to. The North does not own political power and cannot give it. Political power comes from the people and no region should feel it belongs to them.

  13. I find the IBO’s replying to this as “busy bodies”.. Must you always drink panadol for other people’s headache??? This salvo was directed towards the Yoruba why not allow them to respond..must you speak for them?..wise up people!!! You cheapen your struggle by rabble rousing..An advice for you though.. ” Any dog that chooses to bark at every stone thrown at him will NEVER reach its destination”… A Word is enough for the wise!!

  14. Born to rule children of the Northern hegemons…products of a conservative and backward environment. Did Yoruba in Nigeria agreed with your military officers to dissolved regional structure we have at independence or asked them to singlehandedly write the constitution which allowed the North to dominate politics and economic of other regions? What does freedom and happiness of other over 200 tribes in Nigeria mean to you “children of Iblis”? You can bark as much as you like because we already know your hearts to be full of evils as freeborn and civilize Yorubas who are lovers of freedom will eternally reject any form of evil coming out of the caliphate.

  15. I,personally, would have liked being a citizen of a large county as Nigeria, but it’s not possible since we can’t garetee equity, fairness, equal opportunity and freedom of worship.Haven’t managed the above conditions for more than 53years ,I don’t see the need to continue .No thanks to the North and their Yoruba ally.(divide and rule policy).

  16. The arewa youth need to thiink twice.It is only yourself that you can not speak that all the whole north will remain one.By arewa youth attacking all other tribes
    does not portray wisdom and does not show
    sensible reasoning.instead of the youth be talking economic , technological and medical restructing which the whole world will value rather than dwelling on what can make their generation a laughing stock.The youth any where should be sensible enough to allow the elders that knew past losses and pain with fear nigeria went through between 1968 and 1970 to talk.Enough of these youthful unreasonable and unscientific thinking from all youths of nigeria.

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