Some notable Yoruba leaders over the weekend converged in Ibadan, the Capital City of Oyo State to commission an edifice known as Yoruba National Headquarters.
The newly commissioned Yoruba National Headquarters, which can be described as Yoruba Embassy is situated inside the oldest Housing Estate in Nigeria, the Bodija Housing Estate Ibadan.
While speaking with journalists at the event, the leader of the Yoruba World Congress, Prof. Banji Akintoye said creation of the Yoruba Nation is achieveable without war, violence or crisis.
He said “Yes, it is achievable, it would be achieved. We have established a presence in the diplomatic world by joining the UNPO and that has created an access for us to be in lot of places in the international community as part of the process.
“We are able to speak to the highest level of human society in the United Nation and to many influential governments abroad.
“We are better informed about what is possible and allowed as behavior of people like us who want the country of our own. We have follow that process meticulously to ultimate success. We have no doubt that we are on the right path.
Speaking on the challenges facing the Yoruba as a Race, most especially the insecurity challenges and the recently created Amotekun Security Outfit.
Prof. Banji said “Youruba Insecurity is the first topic we must treat. The Yoruba World Congress contributed enormously to the creation of the Amotekun Security Network today. We are still the organization following and appealing to the government to move the thing forward.
“Gradually they are responding, they are patriotic people. It’s just that the situation in Nigeria does not allows so much freedom of action by any governor. But in spite of that, they are putting things together.
“Most of our states have stated recruiting the young men that would be trained, they’ve appointed the commandant.
While speaking on peaceful succession of the Yorubas, Prof. Banji stated that
“ I don’t use the word “succession”, we do what is needful in our situation. We do what could be done legitimately.
“We can negotiate the dissolution of Nigeria without anybody fighting or throwing anything at anybody and I think we as human beings should honor ourselves and dignify ourselves to do a thing like that.
Prof. Banji in his message to Nigerians said “I will repeat what my colleague Professor Ango Abdullah said about two to three years ago. he said rather than continue to live in pain and agony with one another, why don’t we accept division and let everybody go and manage their own affairs, it is more Honourable.
“That’s what human beings rather than living in the same house and fighting every time, claiming this is where i belong, you don’t belong to a place where you are unhappy perpetually. Prof. Banji stressed.
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