In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 02nd, September, 2020

Severe Protest In Ibadan Over Alleged Plan By Yoruba Nation To Secede From Nigeria

Serious Protest In Ibadan Over Alleged Plan By Yoruba Nation To Secede From Nigeria




Two main Yoruba socio-cultural teams are at the moment at loggerheads over the alleged secession agenda being championed by one of many teams for the South West of Nigeria to interrupt away from Nigeria and grow to be an impartial nation.


The 2 teams are Yoruba World Congress (YWC), which is an umbrella physique over greater than 150 pan-Yoruba self-determination organisations, underneath the management of its President-Basic, Prof Banji Akintoye, in addition to the Yoruba Appraisal Discussion board (YAF), underneath the management of Adeshina Animashaun.


The YWC addressed a press convention at its headquarters, Bodija, Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Tuesday and re-established a vote of absolute confidence within the management of Akintoye. Additionally, the YAF, staged a peaceable protest march to the Oyo State Governor’s Workplace, Agodi, Ibadan on the identical Tuesday towards alleged secession agenda of YWC.


The YAF additionally introduced a protest letter to the Governor Seyi Makinde, by his Government Assistant on Safety, Mr. Sunday Odukoya, who mentioned: “We have now obtained your letter. We will ship your message to the governor. Now that you’ve expressed your reservations, we guarantee you that we will handle the matter.”


The protesters carried placards with inscriptions, inluding: ‘What we want is improvement, not secession.’ Collectively we stand, divided we fall.’ ‘Collectively we stand and love each other.’ ‘Consider in a single Nigeria.’ ‘In a single Nigeria we stand.’ ‘We’re for unity, don’t beat the drum of struggle.’


However addressing journalists on behalf of YWC, Dr. Tunde Hamzat, dismissed the information making the spherical that Akintoye was now not the chief of the Yoruba nation, saying: “The Yoruba World Congress is one and indivisible underneath the management of Emeritus Prof Banji Akintoye. There isn’t a disaster inside the YWC. We’re not in competition with anybody or group. It is a household problem which is being resolved inside the clan.

“We stay unequivocally dedicated to the beliefs of the Yoruba World Congress (YWC) as eloquently expressed by Prof. Banji Akintoye, that are to liberate the Yoruba race from the oppression and persecution which Nigeria represents, to ascertain a greater, extra promising future for our teeming youths and to make sure the peaceable achievement of the self-determination targets of the Yoruba nation.

“It is a gathering of all of the teams which elected Prof. Banji Akintoye as Yoruba chief a 12 months in the past. They’re the varied teams which got here collectively to type the Yoruba World Congress. These teams are gathered right here in Ibadan, one 12 months after that momentous occasion, to re-establish a vote of absolute confidence within the management of Prof. Banji Akintoye.”

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Hamzat, who mentioned the brains behind YAF are 4 members of YWC that have been suspended based mostly on sure points, additionally famous that Akintoye emerged chief of Yoruba nation on August 22, 2019, and inside one 12 months, greater than 100 Yoruba, each in Nigeria and within the diaspora, have been admitted into the YWC, saying “our admission into the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) inside a 12 months of our existence, is novel and commendable. The Oodua Nation undertaking is heading in the right direction. We admire the efforts of Prof. Banji Akintoye and different leaders on this respect. The safety of lives and properties of the Yoruba and different ethnic nationalities domiciled within the Southt West geo political zone is of paramount significance to YWC management.

“We commend the braveness exhibited by our governors within the institution of Amotekun even within the midst of hostility and intimidation by the powers that be. The Water Invoice on the Nationwide Meeting represents a background manoeuvre to carry again RUGA and additional applicable extra of the assets of Yorubaland. It subsequently stands completely rejected by the YWC. In equal impact, the CAMA invoice can not stand as a result of it places the management of 1 non secular group underneath one other. It represents the ruthless deployment of energy by the Muslim North to additional proceed the Islamisation and Fulanisation of Nigeria.”


Nonetheless, the protest letter, entitled: ‘Please, Save Yorubaland from Imminent Doom!’ signed by Adeshina Animashaun, addressed to Governor Makinde, learn partly: “Your Excellency, a motley of crowd of discontents, zealots have currently elevated the tempo of their unpatriotic actions masquerading as championing the reason for the Yoruba folks of the South-West. Their actions, at finest, qualify for nothing good.

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“The Yoruba Appraisal Discussion board is by this assertion giving a discover that we, as accountable Yoruba, won’t fold our arms and watch just a few disgruntled and self-serving people to show our land right into a wartorn zone like Somalia and Sudan. If it ever turns into crucial for Yorubaland to interrupt away from the remainder of Nigeria, it must be a collective resolution of all Yoruba folks inside Nigeria and within the Diaspora. The current actions of the Yoruba World Congress and its cohots underscore the necessity for presidency and safety businesses to be extra knowledgeable in regards to the decisive tendencies of those teams.”


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