Yoruba group protests in Ibadan over alleged secession agenda from Nigeria

Yoruba group protests in Ibadan over alleged secession agenda from Nigeria

- Two Yoruba groups have tackled each other over alleged secession agenda of Yoruba nation

- One of the groups, YAF staged a protest in Ibadan on Tuesday, September 1, against the alleged secession agenda

- But the leadership of the other group, YWC, lambasted YAF for misleading the public

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A report by the Nigerian Tribune indicates that two leading Yoruba socio-cultural groups are at loggerheads over the alleged secession agenda being championed by one of the groups for the southwest of Nigeria to break away and become an independent nation.

Legit.ng gathered that one of the groups, Yoruba World Congress (YWC), is led by its president-general, Prof Banji Akintoye, while the second group, the Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF), is under the leadership of Adeshina Animashaun.

In a press conference organised on Tuesday, September 1, in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital, the YWC re-established a vote of absolute confidence in the leadership of Akintoye.

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It was learnt that the YAF staged a peaceful protest march to the Oyo state governor’s office on Tuesday, September 1, against alleged secession agenda of YWC.

Protests in Ibadan over alleged secession agenda of Yoruba nation

The president-general of Yoruba World Congress (YWC), Prof Banji Akintoye.
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The YAF also presented a protest letter to Governor Seyi Makinde through his executive assistant on security, Sunday Odukoya, who promised to relay the message to the governor and also address the matter.

The protesters carried placards with inscriptions, including: ‘What we need is development, not secession.’ Together we stand, divided we fall.’ Together we stand and love one another.’ ‘Believe in one Nigeria.’ ‘In one Nigeria we stand.’ ‘We are for unity, don’t beat the drum of war.’

Speaking on behalf of YWC, Tunde Hamzat, dismissed the news making the round that Akintoye was no longer the leader of the Yoruba nation, saying: “The Yoruba World Congress is one and indivisible under the leadership of Emeritus Prof Banji Akintoye."

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Hamzat, who said the brains behind YAF were four members of YWC that were suspended based on certain issues, also noted that Akintoye emerged the leader of Yoruba nation on August 22, 2019, and within one year, more than 100 Yoruba, both in Nigeria and in the diaspora, have been admitted into the YWC.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a socio-political group from the southwest region known as the Yoruba Summit Group (YSG) expressed its position on the call for a constitutional review in Nigeria.

It was reported that the YSG's public secretary, Mogaji Gboyega Adejumo, said the group stated that the nation is in desperate need of total change constitutionally.

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