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Self-Determination: Yoruba Groups Set June 12 As Referendum Date



Several Yoruba groups under the aegis of Assembly of all Yoruba Groups Worldwide, on Thursday after meeting in Ibadan, Oyo State, set June 12, 2021, as a day of referendum for the South-West region.

The meeting was tagged “The Paramountcy of Yoruba Unity in Tackling The Insecurity Menace in Yorubaland.”

Otunba Deji Osibogun who read the statement on behalf of the groups said, the called for Yoruba self-determination is non-negotiable.

The groups during the meeting called on Yoruba people, especially the elites, to return to protect their land.

The meeting also tasked every House of Assembly in the South-West to pass a resolution on the state of insecurity in Yorubaland.

The groups called on members representing Yoruba constituencies in the Senate and House of Representatives to move a motion on insecurity in Yorubaland within the next 90 days, precisely June 25.

They urged Yoruba groups to organise relief materials for Fulani ravaged victims while a Yoruba Central Coordinating Council was also proposed.

Popular historian, Prof. Banji Akintoye, who was represented by Tunde Hamzat, noted that the call for Yoruba self-determination should not be misconstrued as secession.

Akintoye said the Yoruba nation will be achieved peacefully through the building of a consensus and mobilisation of the people.

Also speaking, Ambassador Yemi Farounbi stressed that Yoruba people should be ready to defend themselves against threats to their lives.

He charged all Yoruba individuals and groups to bring to bear their intellect, assets, and knowledge for the cause of the Yoruba nation.

In the same vein, renowned lawyer, Femi Falana (Senior Advocate of Nigeria), who made a phone call during the event, spoke on the need for restructuring of Yorubaland.

He called on the Yoruba people to take charge of their affairs and ensure the development of the Yoruba nation.

To curb herders/farmers’ clashes, he urged the Yoruba nation to embrace ranching as it was in the times of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the first Premier of the region.

Groups present at the event included YorubaKoya and Soludero.