Activists calling for the Yoruba nation’s independence have promised to continue their protests.
They just announced their intention to make their case to the United Nations General Assembly’s 76th session, which will take place in September.
The Yoruba self-determination umbrella group Ilana Omo Oodua endorsed the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS) petition demanding the Nigerian government to hold a referendum.
According to TheNation, one of the founders of Ilana Omo Odua, Wale Adeniran, remarked in a zoom conversation arranged by UK-based Heritage Multimedia TV on Tuesday that the UN General Assembly will be an opportunity to convey the rationale behind the Yoruba nation movement to international leaders.
Adeniran, a former Director of the Institute of African Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, and a pioneer Commissioner of Education in Osun State, said he would speak with Yoruba historian Banji Akintoye about participating in the session as part of efforts to drum up support for the struggle.
The 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 76) will take place in New York, United States, from September 14 to September 30, 2021, with the high-level general debate beginning on Tuesday, September 21, 2021.
“That’s a fantastic opportunity for us to convey our position aggressively before the entire world,” Adeniran was reported as adding.
“Tell Yoruba people all across the world to come to New York and the UN General Assembly during that one week.
“I’m going to inform Prof. Akintoye that we’ll have to attend the event in the United States.”
He also updated the audience on the Yoruba nation’s plea to the International Criminal Court (ICC).
“The ball is in our court to start pushing our argument and continue to proclaim it,” he added.
“We’ve sent our letter, and it’s been acknowledged; now it’s up to us to launch an aggressive publicity campaign to persuade the ICC to investigate the matter. They are also people.
“Just because we’ve filed a petition isn’t enough. We must continue to raise awareness about it.”
Meanwhile, Akintoye, who spoke at the virtual session as well, urged his supporters to keep fighting.
While praising the media’s efforts, he chastised individuals circulating rumors and false information on Sunday Igboho.