- Some Yoruba socio-cultural groups have vowed to stage a rally to protest insecurity in the southwestern region of Nigeria
- The rally would be held simultaneously in all Yoruba speaking state capitals of Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti, Lagos, Osun, Ogun, Kogi, and Kwara respectively
- The national director of the group said the rally is being organised to awaken the people of Yoruba speaking states to the agenda of some ethnic warlords to capture their land
A pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Yoruba Koya Movement, has declared Wednesday, June 12, as a national day of protest against the ongoing killings and kidnappings across Yoruba speaking states including Kogi and Kwara states.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the rally, tagged June 12 ‘Otoge’ rally which is supported by a Yoruba Intelligentsia group, Voice of Reason (VOR) and 26 other socio-cultural and self-determination groups would hold simultaneously in all Yoruba speaking state capitals of Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti, Lagos, Osun, Ogun, Kogi, and Kwara states respectively.
Legit.ng gathered that the rally, according to the national director of the organisation and publicity for the group, Maxwell Adeyemi Adeleye, is aimed at presenting the Yoruba charter of demands to the government of the federal republic of Nigeria.
He also noted that the groups would present a public petition to the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) over the ongoing genocide in southern and middle belt region of Nigeria.
The group explained that the rally is being organised to reawaken the people of Yoruba speaking states to be conscious of the agenda of some ethnic warlords and reactionaries outside their domain to capture their land and enslave them while masquerading as visitors and to enjoin all governors in Yoruba speaking states to integrate towards economic, social and political development of Yoruba land and to encourage them to make the security of lives and properties of their people utmost priority.
The group explained further that the rally is meant to encourage Yoruba legislators both at the state and national Assemblies to endorse, support and move motions that would expressly indicate where the Yoruba stands.
The rally, billed to commence at 9am, will hold simultaneously in Gani Fawehinmi park, Lagos, Ibadan military cenotaph, opposite government House, Agodi, Ibadan, Pansheke roundabout, Abeokuta, Fajuyi roundabout, Ado-Ekiti, Nelson Mandela freedom park, Osogbo, Alagbaka roundabout, opposite First Bank, Akure, Kabba township stadium, Kabba and Ibrahim Taiwo road, Ilorin respectively.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, on Sunday, June 9, disclosed that his security personnel were targeted when his convoy encountered a gang of kidnappers, boasting that he cannot be whisked away by the criminals.
According to him, security issue is not limited to the masses alone.
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