Why do we want to separate from Nigeria

One group, the Yoruba Self-Determination Movement (YSDM), has written to President Muhammadu Buhari calling for a “peaceful separation” of the Yoruba from Nigeria. Banji Akintoye, the group’s chairman, said in the letter that an overwhelming number of Yorubas want to leave the country because of their “dire and painful situation.” Mr. Akintoye, professor of history, said that Yoruba leaders petitioned in the 1950s for a secession clause to be included in the Nigerian Constitution, but the then colonial master rejected it. “Mr. President, the Yoruba Self-Determination Movement now makes you aware of the decision of the Yoruba people to assert their right to self-determination, which is an inalienable and unquestionable right of all the indigenous nations of the world,” the letter said. “By asserting this right of self-determination, we, the Yoruba nation, will be free to determine our political status, pursue our economic, social and cultural development in accordance with the policies independently chosen by us, and live under the independently elected and ordered government. for us. .” A recent call for an independent Yoruba nation had been championed by a self-proclaimed activist, Sunday Adeyemo (popularly known as Sunday Igboho). Mr. Adeyemo’s call for Yoruba self-determination gained momentum following the continuing slaughter of Yorubas in the south-west region by suspected herdsmen. ALSO READ: 2023: Femi Adebayo, Jide Kosoko, other Yoruba actors endorse Bola Tinubu for president Mr. Adeyemo’s agitation subsided after his arrest and detention in the Republic of Benin on his way to Germany. He was released on bail in March of the year. In his letter to the president, Akintoye, who was instrumental in Adeyemo’s release, said that “more than five million members of the Yoruba adult population, in a short time, signed the petition to unequivocally affirm their support for the creation of an independent Yoruba nation. -condition. “Consequently, Mr. President, this letter, on behalf of all our Yoruba people, formally notifies you of the decision of the overwhelming majority of our Yoruba nation and people to exercise our right to self-determination so that our independent and sovereign country separates from the country of Nigeria.” Akintoye said his group is committed to seeking Yoruba self-determination in negotiating with the Nigerian government. President, you may be aware, given your history of military service, that in a memorandum from early February 1969, just nine years after Nigerian independence, the IC (Intelligence Community advising the US government) in the Biafra War) stated that ‘further disintegration of Nigeria was likely’ and that the Western world might have to live with a ‘loose confederation’ or ‘formation of several completely independent countries’. “What we Yoruba have chosen now is the formation of our own independent Yoruba country separate from Nigeria. Mr President, it is essential to remind you as President of Nigeria that during the discussions that led to Nigeria’s independence from Britain in the late 1950s, the Yoruba leaders of that time strongly advocated the inclusion of a secession clause in the constitution, but were annulled by the colonial administration. “Thus, from the beginning, the doubt about the coexistence of different nationalities in the same country was very clearly expressed. Today’s Nigeria essentially amounts to something like forcing the nations of the UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Belgium to come together as one country and expect that country to function optimally.” Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Why do we want to separate from Nigeria