A Pan-Yoruba Group, the Yoruba United Front, YUF, has called on the people of the South West to be wary of the deposed Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II, saying his antecedents show him as an ethnic bigot and an arch hater of the Yoruba people.
In a release issued on Sunday and signed by its National President, Alhaji Raimi Ali and National Secretary, Deacon Samuel Aderanti, YUF said it was surprised that Sanusi who had earlier declared the Yoruba as the problem of Nigeria would seek asylum in Lagos.
While warning Yoruba leaders and politicians to be wary of the antics of Sanusi,the group said that he has a mission to achieve, otherwise why choose Lagos and not choose Kaduna or any other Northern city?
It said, “What does Sanusi really want? That is the question every right thinking Yoruba person should be asking and why is he taking Yoruba land as a place of refuge now that he has problem with his kinsmen?
“The Yoruba people will never forget the diatribes of Sanusi who excoriated the icons of Oduduwa land in a 1999 speech where he described the entire Yoruba leadership as an ‘Area Boy‘ institution.
“He lambasted late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo and other revered Yoruba leaders in petty, bitter, and tribalistic usages. He even claimed that Alhaji Shehu Shagari was overthrown in 1983 because Chief Awolowo lost the presidency!
“It is rather ironic, sickening and absolutely unacceptable that this same Sanusi will choose the Yoruba heartland, which he once condemned in the most violent language as a place of succor when his own people have disowned. him. We urge our people to be wary of this man, whose agenda and purpose are puzzling and dubious.“
While warning Yoruba leaders not to allow Sanusi, who it described as an ethnic bigot, to systematically build a Fulani camp in Lagos, YUF said, “We should be wary and ask him what exactly he wants in Yoruba land.
“Those Yoruba lackeys rushing to visit him either in form of old school students’ association or whatever should remember Sansui’s past, his hatred for anything Yoruba and should realize that Sanusi is a rabid, radical Islamist and should not be treated as a pan-Nigerian patriot.“