…Demands supervised referendum
The agitation for a Yoruba nation has intensified, as the eminent leaders of thought from the South and Middle Belt of Nigeria have announced a ‘One Million March’, to be held in front of the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York, the United States, from 14th to 21st September 2021.
According to the agitators, the march is meant to demand a referendum on self-determination and abolition of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution.
The leaders are members of the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination, (NINAS), who signed the Constitutional Force Majure, declared on December 16, 2020, rejecting the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria and calling for a UN-supervised referendum.
NINAS is the umbrella body of leading regional self-determination groups in the South and Middle-Belt regions, with Ilana Omo Oodua, representing the Yoruba blocs; Lower Niger Congress, representing the South-South and South-East and Middle-Belt Forum, representing the Middle-Belt blocs.
The 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) holds from 14th to 21st September, 2021.
The One Million March, according to a statement, signed by the Communications Manager to NINAS, Maxwell Adeleye, yesterday, is expected to be led by a renowned historian, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, respected Varsity Don, Prof. Yusuf Turaki, Secretary-General of NINAS, Barr. Tony Nnadi, Pioneer Commissioner for Education in Osun State and National Chairman of Ilana Omo Oodua, Prof. Wale Adeniran, amongst others.
“All the sons and daughters of the Lower Niger (South-East, South-South), South-West and Middle-Belt’s clans living in the United States of America are being mobilised to stand up for their indigenous nationalities by participating in the one week One Million March for the liberation of their people.
“The planned march shall be historic and epoch-making. We want the whole world to see the level of injustice, oppression and intimidation currently going on in Nigeria. The time is now!”, the statement, said.