The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has taken a swipe at the Chairman of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Council of Elders, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, over the purported anti-Yoruba comment he made a few days ago.
While calling on the Ohanaeze Ndigbo to warn Iwuanyanwu to desist from making provocative statements against the Yorubas, the mainstream Yoruba group appealed to the people across the South-West to remain calm.
In a viral video trending on social media, the Igbo leader was seen calling Yorubas “political rascals” at a town hall meeting over the outcome of the just concluded general elections.
Afenifere, in a statement issued by its National Organising Secretary, Abagun Kole Omololu, said the foremost Yoruba had reach out the Ohanaeze Ndigbo if the comment by Iwuanyanwu reflects the position of the apex Igbo group on the issue.
“We have since reviewed the video recording of the event and our leadership will be reaching out to the leadership of Ohanaeze Ndigbo to seek clarification on why Chief Iwuanyanwu made the comment and whether his view is a reflection of what Ohanaeze Ndigbo indeed think of the Yorubas.
“We hereby call on Ohaneze to warn the Chief not to insult the Yoruba. We are a proud nation. We are a hospitable race. All these should not be interpreted to mean weakness. In fact, it is a sign of being civilized. Enough of the provocation,” he said.