Court Finally Gives Verdict on Self-Realization of Yoruba Nation

Court Finally Gives Verdict on Self-Realization of Yoruba Nation

  • An ECOWAS court has dismissed the suit seeking the self-realisation of the Yoruba nation filed by four individuals
  • According to Justice Dupe Atoki-led 3-member panel of judges, the individuals did not prove they were representatives of the Yoruba people
  • Justice Atoki said the individuals did not qualify to hold or bear the rights, nor were they eligible to challenge the respondent state themselves

FCT, Abuja - The ECOWAS Court of Justice has dismissed the case filed by four individuals seeking the realisation of the Yoruba nation.

According to The Nation, the litigants are members of the Coalition of Yoruba Interest Group (CYIG), Ademola Faleti, Risqat Badmus, and Yemisi Fadahunsi-Ogunlana.

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ECOWAS court dismisses suit seeking the actualisation of Yoruba nation. Photo Credit: Yoruba nation
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Why ECOWAS court didn't approve the realisation of the Yoruba nation

In the ruling delivered by a 3-member panel of judges at the ECOWAS court, the judge said that the individuals did not have the capacity to take the case to court in the name of the Yoruba nation.

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Justice Dupe Atoki said as individuals the applicants could not prove their ability to act as bearers of the right to self-determination that could be referred to as Yoruba people.

According to the judge, the definition by the African Commission of the concept of the people was referred to as a group of persons “bound together by their historical, traditional, racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, religious, ideological, geographical, economic identities and affinities”.

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Justice Atoki maintained that the applicants lacked the qualifications to bear or hold the rights, adding that they equally could not challenge the Respondent State for themselves.

She also maintained that they failed to prove their capacity to represent the people of the Yoruba extraction, for whom they instituted the suit.

The judge then explained that in seeking the right to self-determination, “a representative action is the appropriate and indeed the most practicable option in seeking relief for violation of this right”.

Deputy, spokesperson of apex Yoruba nation group resign, dump Akintoye earlier reported that Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, the apex Yoruba nation group agitator, has suffered a great setback as two of its prominent leaders resigned.

Professor Wale Adeniran, the deputy Alana of the group, tendered his resignation letter, taking effect on Sunday.

Adeniran's resignation came barely 48 hours after the group's spokesperson, Maxwell Adeleye, also resigned from the group.


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