Any person from the South West part of Nigeria who adopts the name Yoruba as an identity is a fool, former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode, said on Monday, a comment that is sure to raise a lot of dust.
In several posts he made in his Twitter handle, Fani-Kayode, whose last public assignment was the spokesman of the Goodluck Jonathan presidential campaign in 2015, alleged that the word ‘Yoruba’ was coined by people from the northern region of the country, adding that it was in fact fashioned to mock the people as “shady” and “unreliable.”
He wrote: “Two names that the Fulani gave to southerners: ‘Yamiri’, in reference to SE and ‘Yariba’ in reference to SW. The SE rejected that name but the SW accepted it. The name ‘Yoruba’ derives from ‘Yariba’ and it means ‘shady and unreliable’. I reject that strange name and label.”
He added: “I am not a ‘Yariba’ or ‘Yoruba’ but an ‘Omo Karo Jire’ or an ‘Oduduwan’ and my language is not ‘Yoruba’ but ‘Anago’. We are what we call ourselves. We are not ‘shady and unreliable (Yariba) and we must not accept names that are given to us by our historical adversaries.
This is SERIOUS!