Nigeria Is No Longer Safe For Yoruba People

Nigeria is now unsafe for Yoruba people - Prof Banji Akintoye laments

Prof Banji Akintoye, leader of the Yoruba World Congress, the umbrella body of over 300 Yoruba groups worldwide,has declared that Nigeria is now unsafe for Yoruba people.
He said the Nigerian environment has been consistently harsh to the Yoruba people who dominate the South-West part of the country.
The elder statesman lamented that though his association is committed to peaceful activities, and peaceful purposes, the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), has already begun to take action against it by removing the Yoruba World Congress from the list of state-registered organisations.
He also hinted that security forces are preparing to clamp down on members of his organisation whose aims are to promote and achieve the growth, prosperity, and sustenance of the Yoruba people and culture.
Akintoye spoke on Saturday on the occasion of this year’s General Assembly of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation which was held virtually due to travel restrictions imposed to curtail the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Founded in 1991, the UNPO is an international membership-based organisation established to empower the voices of unrepresented and marginalised peoples worldwide and to protect their fundamental human rights.
At the General Assembly on Saturday, the Yoruba World Congress was inducted as a member of the UNPO alongside four others including the Movement for the Actualisation of Sovereign State of Biafra represented by Chief Ralph Uwazuruike.
“From 1962 to 1972, under a limited self-government arrangement and federal constitution which the British granted to Nigeria, the Yoruba Nation proceeded to make mostly the Western region of Nigeria, the pacesetter in Nigeria, and even in Africa, in virtually all aspects of development and modernisation.

“But the Nigerian environment has consistently been hazardous to the Yoruba Nation. From the beginning, the British colonial rulers feared the considerably educated and professionally sophisticated Yoruba and proceeded to do everything to limit their influence in Nigeria…”


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