The first time Aketi spoke about Yoruba self-determination, he asked where the Yoruba people decided they want to go out of Nigeria (the same thing Afe Babalola and Falana asked) and we told Prof then that he should tell Aketi that a Bill for a referendum is before him and before all the SW States’ Houses of Assembly….and they should pass it to law, so that the Yoruba people will be allowed to make that decision but Prof refused because he wants to do his own thing.
Now, it’s been found out that contrary to what they said about UN involvement and some countries backing them, there is no such thing. So, all the Yoruba Nation Now movement is built on sand
I wished it’s done better because we have the crowd but they were misled. My last message to Prof Akintoye was on 22nd August this year asking him why he’s refusing to engage with the lawmakers. You can’t fight for self-determination without your political reps.
I’ve also mentioned this about Biafra…Ipob etc should have raised a bill for referendum to their States’ Houses of Assembly and put pressure on those lawmakers who lives in their States to pass it to law and the governors to sign it. This is better achievable than fighting Buhari and those in Abuja
We had a meeting of recent with some elders in Yorubaland and two of the people in Prof Akintoye’s group. They are looking at our option but I just think it might be too late because it is something that should be achieved before the next election
Recall 2 months ago
A South-West group, Yoruba Referendum Committee, yesterday, said that the only way to remedy the current socio-political and economic challenges confronting Nigeria was through a referendum.
The Coordinator of the group, Femi Odedeyi, said the various Nigerian constitutions, since 1979, were not people-oriented.
The statement read: “For the Yoruba, this will be the Yoruba Referendum, as proposed by the Yoruba Referendum Committee. The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is currently the dominant political party in Yorubaland, with legislative and executive powers in its hands. The party is, therefore, presently well-suited to endorse the Yoruba Referendum, as the route towards re-federalising Nigeria.”
The group called on the State Houses of Assembly in Lagos, Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and Oyo to pass the Bill on Referendum into law.
We even had a meeting with Pandef, Afenifere and A group in FCT to encourage them to use the template and put it also before their States’ House of Assembly
ST: My problem is the acid spraying yoruba nacion people who equate independence with threats to Ndigbo
Response: We’ve told them things are not done this way. Both the people who supported it and those against it have to be given the chance to present their reasons. They can’t be insulting and threatening people
Oludare Yerokun started this petition to State Governors and Members of State House of Assembly (Lagos Ogun Oyo Osun Ekiti and Ondo)
YORUBA REFERENDUM NOW! BE A PART OF HISTORY!!
SIGN THIS PETITION!!!
Governors: (Ondo) Gov Rotimi Akeredolu <email@example.com>, (Ekiti) Gov Kayode Fayemi <firstname.lastname@example.org>, (Osun) Gov Adegboyega Oyetola <email@example.com>, (Lagos) Gov Babajide Sanwo-Olu <firstname.lastname@example.org>, (Oyo) Gov Seyi Makinde <email@example.com>, (Ogun) Gov Dapo Abiodun firstname.lastname@example.org
SPEAKERS: (Lagos) email@example.com; (Oyo) Adebo.firstname.lastname@example.org (Ogun) email@example.com; (Ekiti) firstname.lastname@example.org; OSUN:
SOVEREIGNTY RESIDES IN THE PEOPLE!!!
WHY A YORUBA REFERENDUM?
1. Whereas the question may be asked as to why a Yoruba Referendum when the 1999 Constitution is being amended, expected to result in “devolution”, “fiscal federalism”, reduction of “exclusive legislative lists” being touted as the solution to Yoruba (and Nigeria’s) Underdevelopment.
2. Whereas a Yoruba truism says that one’s head cannot be shaved in his or her absence.
3. Whereas all post-colonial Nigeria’s attempts at cultural, economic, and political development shaved our heads in our absence, leading to the societal dysfunction being experienced in Nigeria today.
4. Whereas this reinforces the fact that the National Assembly does not represent the Peoples of Nigeria, more so when the 1999 Constitution it seeks to amend does not recognize the Peoples as the Federating or Constituent Units, substituting them with the administrations of the States and Local Governments.
5. Whereas the process of amending the 1999 Constitution abridges the Right of Self-Determination or Autonomy in that the required concurrence of 24 states already denies the People, where, for example, the Yoruba Nation’s time-honored values which drives her civilization cannot simply be made dependent on other Peoples’ choices.
6. Whereas the YORUBA REFERENDUM provides Yoruba elected and other political leaders the opportunity and means to ensure the resolution of the question of whether our elected officials can, with all conscience, turn round and overturn what they have sworn to uphold and govern with, when it is known that it is a negation of the aspirations and expectations of the people.
7. Whereas the YORUBA REFERENDUM allows the Yoruba to ensure a fundamental intervention in the Re-Formation of the Nigerian Post-Colonial State, now entering a new phase, at this time, when “RESTRUCTURING” has become the political mantra from every forum such as the National Assembly’s Constitutional Review Committee and calls during the recent stakeholders’ meetings across the country as well as by prominent personalities.
8. Whereas the Yoruba Nation (and other Nations inside Nigeria) experience constant and relentless negation of their preferred mode of existence thereby depriving them of their capacity to address their existential paradigms within the global order.
9. Whereas there are different currents of opinion within the Yoruba Nation at home and the Diaspora on what should be the Yoruba Response to her social, cultural, and philosophical alienation by the Nigerian Post-Colonial State.
10. Whereas these differences of opinion exhibit the overall Yoruba preference for multiplicity of views and opinions, reflected in several Yoruba aphorisms, all combined, giving a specificity to Yoruba Existentialism.
11. Whereas this Cultural Existentialism, embedded in the resolution of social contradictions and translated onto the economic and political spheres through the establishment of a Social Democratic, Welfarist Region experienced during our “Golden Era”.
12. Whereas the Yoruba Nation has the capability to resolve the current differences through the combination of her Cultural experience and the internationally recognized Referendum mechanism, already utilized in many instances all over the world, including Scotland, which played a major role in the colonization of Nigeria by the United Kingdom.
13. Whereas the Referendum is the most peaceful way to establish the maxim that Sovereignty resides in the People, the source of all political power.
14. Whereas the Yoruba in Kogi and Kwara States have expressed their desire for a Referendum to determine the acceptability or otherwise of their desire to become part of the Yoruba National Geo-Political space.
15. Be it noted, and it is hereby noted, that the YORUBA REFERENDUM COMMITTEE says that the Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, and Ekiti State Houses of Assembly owe it a duty to the Yoruba Nation to re-establish the Sovereignty of the People by passing the Bill for a Referendum into Law.
WHAT WE WANT:
(a) A Federal Nigeria, through a valid Federal Constitution, to be known as The Union of Nigerian Constituent Nationalities, with a Federal Presidential Council, whose members will be selected or elected from each of the Nationalities as Federating Units and from whom a Head of State will be selected or elected as the primus-inter-pares with an agreed term.
(b) YORUBALAND, geo-politically known as the ODUDUWA REGION and consisting of the present states of Ekiti, Eko, Ogun, Ondo, Osun, Oyo and all Oodua lands in Kwara, Kogi, Edo and Delta States to become an AUTONOMOUS Nation in a UNION OF NIGERIAN CONSTITUENT NATIONALITIES and recognizing all persons in the Diaspora, of African descent who claim Oduduwa/Yoruba ancestry, either through cultural affiliation or genealogical connection.
(c) The Central Government of the Union shall have no power to interfere nor intervene in the affairs of the ODUDUWA REGION, save as shall be agreed to by three quarters of the members of the Region’s Parliament.
(d) There shall be a Division of the Federal Armed Forces in the Region, 90% of which personnel shall be indigenes of the Region. The Divisional commander shall be an indigene of Oduduwa Region.
(e) ODUDUWA Region shall adopt a Parliamentary System of government. This Parliament shall have the power to make laws governing taxes, duties, excise, payment of debt, etc It shall have the power to make laws governing the sourcing of funds on behalf of the Region and to regulate commerce with the co-prosperity spheres within the Union of Nigeria. This Parliament shall have the power to establish Regional Police Service with responsibility to investigate Regional crimes. This Police Service shall have no superintending control over the Provincial and Council Police service, but shall coordinate activities at the Regional, Provincial and Local council levels.
(f) The Judicial power of the Region shall be vested in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, High Court, Customary Court and Other lower courts as the Parliament may establish. There shall be a Court of Appeal in each of the provinces. There shall be, in each province, a High Court from which appeals shall lie to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
(g) Oodua Customary forms of land ownership shall be respected. Exploitation of mineral resources shall be the prerogative of the host community without prejudice to the right of the Local, Provincial and Regional Governments to levy appropriate taxes for the welfare of the people of Oodua land and without prejudice to the right of the Federal Government to levy taxes.
YORUBA REFERENDUM COMMITTEE.
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