- The Yoruba people are agitating for regional autonomy
- The call was made by the Yoruba World Congress (YWC) during an event in Ekiti on Tuesday, September 22
- Banji Akintoye, the president-general of YWC noted that it was time for the region to break free from the shackles of under-development
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The Yoruba World Congress (YWC) on Tuesday, September 22, vowed to achieve freedom at all cost from the menace of under-development and insecurity.
To actualise this, the leadership of the YWC urged all indigenes of the region to unite and return the Yorubaland to its prestigious place, claiming that it is the cradle of democracy.
This call was specifically made by Banji Akintoye, the president-general of YWC, during the commemoration of the 134th-anniversary end of Kiriji War and 2020 Yoruba National Day celebration organised by the congress held at Okemesi in Ekiti Southwest local council of Ekiti.
Akintoye explained that the event was organised to foster unity, a sense of fulfilment and liberation among the Yoruba people from henceforth.
Corroborating this stance, traditional monarchs at the event advocated the unity and co-operation of residents and also called on the federal government to begin moves for the restructuring of the country.
Traditional rulers at the occasion included the Owa Ooye of Okemesi, Oba Gbadebo Adedeji; the Olojudo of Ido-Faboro, Oba Ayorinde Ilori-Faboro and the Ajero of Ijero-Ekiti, Oba Joseph Adewole.
Moreover, a socio-political group, Oodua Action Movement (OAM), agitated for the right to self-determination of the facilitate fast development and growth.
The OAM's co-ordinator, Demola Edward, said that the best way to bring this desire to fruition is by securing regional autonomy.
Meanwhile, two leading Yoruba socio-cultural groups were 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, YWC, was led by its president-general, Akintoye, while the second group, the Yoruba Appraisal Forum (YAF), was under the leadership of Adeshina Animashaun.
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