Former lawmaker and statesman, Junaid Mohammed, has berated leaders of Afenifere, a pan-Yoruba socio-political group, for inciting war with their provocative statements.
Speaking to Independent, Junaid said the Yoruba leaders learnt no lesson from the Biafran war.
Recall that Gani Adams, Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, warned that the killing Funke Olakunrin, the daughter of Reuben Fasoranti, leader of Afenifere, could prompt Yorubas to retaliate.
But Junaid described some of the Yoruba leaders as “noisemakers” who will be the first to flee if war breaks out.
“We have to be very careful and mind our utterances. It is easy to start a war but it is not easy to stop it,” he said.
“We all saw what happened during the Biafran war even though a lot of people who went through that experience have not learnt anything like some of the leaders of Afenifere. They have been making provocative statements in recent times.
“People’s lives are determined partly by their culture. These people are noisemakers and if there is war today, they will run away because most of them have houses outside the country. They make big, big noise but some of the real fighters who will fight until death don’t even talk about it.
“We shouldn’t allow these lousy people to lead us to war. War is not good. I want Nigerians to be careful because if the chips are down, these people will not be available to fight. They are calling for war, let the war starts and we will see who will run first.”