Ejes Gist can Authoritatively report that Yoruba groups have set a date for referendum to leave Nigeria.
Many Yoruba groups have scheduled June 12, 2021 as a referendum day for the South-West region, under the auspices of the Assembly of All Yoruba Groups Worldwide.
The groups made the announcement after a meeting in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Thursday, March 25.
The meeting’s theme was “The Paramountcy of Yoruba Unity in Tackling Yorubaland’s Insecurity Danger.”
They said the push for Yoruba self-determination is non-negotiable in a communique read on behalf of the groups by Otunba Deji Osibogun after the meeting.
The meeting noted numerous threats to Yoruba land’s security and urged Yoruba people, especially the elites, to return to protect their homeland.
The meeting also mandated that every House of Assembly in the South-West pass a resolution on Yorubaland’s state of insecurity.
Members of the Senate and House of Representatives representing Yoruba constituencies were urged to introduce a motion on insecurity in Yorubaland within the next 90 days, on June 25.
They urged Yoruba groups to mobilise relief materials for Fulani victims, as well as the establishment of a Yoruba Central Coordinating Council.
Yoruba Groups Fix Date For Referendum
Prof. Banji Akintoye, a popular historian who was portrayed by Tunde Hamzat, stressed that the demand for Yoruba self-determination should not be misconstrued as secession in his remarks.
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According to Akintoye, the Yoruba nation would be established peacefully by establishing a consensus and mobilising the people.
Ambassador Yemi Farounbi also spoke, stressing the importance of Yoruba people being prepared to protect themselves against threats to their lives.
He urged all Yoruba individuals and groups to use their intellect, resources, and experience to advance the Yoruba nation’s cause.
In a similar vein, renowned lawyer Femi Falana (Senior Advocate of Nigeria), who spoke on the phone during the case, emphasised the need for Yorubaland to be restructured.
He urged Yorubas to take care of their affairs and ensure the Yoruba nation’s growth.
He urged the Yoruba nation to accept ranching as it was during the time of the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the region’s first Premier, to eliminate herder-farmer conflicts.
Groups present at the event included YorubaKoya and Soludero.
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