A Diaspora coalition, Yoruba One Voice (YOV), has said its proposed rally for sensitisation slated for October 1 is sacrosanct, assuring participants of a peaceful event.

The YOV presently in 176 countries across all the six continents, is the umbrella group of over 300 groups of Yoruba descendants in the world.

The group explained that the self determination rally, tagged: ‘Oodua Republic’ sensitisation campaign was designed to draw the attention of the global world to situation and happenings in Nigeria, stressing that the rally would be conducted in line with the global template for the fulfillment of its desire as well the liberation of the Yoruba people in Nigeria.

In a statement issued on Wednesday by YOV’s Director of Communications, Zacheaus Somorin, he said all arrangements had been concluded to ensure a peaceful rally.

Somorin said, “The rally is to sensitize the world on the need to liberate Yoruba race from the shackles of bondage. We have made our position known to our people in Nigeria. The reason for seeking self determination as the best means and alternative is to save the nation from impending implosion.

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“Nigeria has failed. The country is failing by the day. Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, said it recently, Prof.Wole Soyinka also said it, even the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Iba Gani Adams, has raised the alarm severally that the country is drifting.

“Similarly, the revered former Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Diocese, John Onaiyekan, now Archbishop Emeritus, didn’t mince words recently in an interview where he said Nigeria can break up even before 2023, if we continue to be irresponsible and reckless.

“In Nigeria today, life is of no value. There is raging insecurity, electoral rigging, corruption, nepotism and cruel misgovernance.Nigerians at home are mostly affected. There is need for us to rise against political enslavement by a section of the country.”

The YOV spokesman noted further that, “It is all about our image, it is all about our identity as member of a nation. This ‘forced marriage’ has not been working”

“Nigeria will be 60 by October and the truth is that there is nothing to show for it. Nothing except senseless killings, kidnapping, corruption, election rigging occasioned by bad leadership. So, we need to change the narratives. We need to fight against these lawlessness and huge misappropriation of national fortune,” he said.


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