Yoruba group con­demns re­struc­tur­ing, wants ‘Oduduwa Repub­lic’

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Ab­dul­la­teef Aliyu, Lagos

A self-de­ter­mi­na­tion group, the Yoruba Lib­er­a­tion Com­mand (YOLICOM), yes­ter­day, said it re­jects the idea of re­struc­tur­ing be­ing pro­posed by some po­lit­i­cal elite.

The group, which de­scribed it­self as, “the core of the au­then­tic rep­re­sen­ta­tives and de­fend­ers of the val­ues, rights and de­mands of the Yoruba indige­nous peo­ple,” how­ever, de­manded for Oduduwa Repub­lic.

Spokesper­son of the group, Mr. Ge­orge Aki­nola, who ad­dressed a world press con­fer­ence in Lagos, said the new repub­lic would ad­dress what he called, “the long suf­fer­ing of the Yoruba in Nige­ria.”

He said the group ar­rived at the dec­la­ra­tion for Oduduwa Repub­lic fol­low­ing three months of con­sul­ta­tions with “all Yoruba self­de­ter­mi­na­tion groups and poor peo­ple in towns and vil­lages.”

Aki­nola de­cried what he called “panic mea­sures of the gov­ern­ment which has been to at­tack pro­po­nents of self-de­ter­mi­na­tion and even ex­ter­mi­nate them.”

He said the de­struc­tion of re­gional sys­tem of gov­ern­ment had, “turned Nige­ria into a uni­tary state, dot­ted with a sav­age vul­ture of cor­rup­tion, in­ep­ti­tude, oth­ers.”

He fur­ther said the group was in sup­port of the as­pi­ra­tions of some Igbo na­tion­als to va­cate Nige­ria, adding: “It is within their in­alien­able rights to so de­mand. We shall do all within our pow­ers to as­sist and en­cour­age the Igbo to achieve this.”

The group also de­clared that, “any ref­er­en­dum at this time would only swing on the side of the cor­rupt and ir­re­spon­si­ble po­lit­i­cal class, who con­tinue to use ill-got­ten pub­lic wealth to bribe, in­flu­ence and ma­nip­u­late elec­tions and all in­sti­tu­tions of pol­i­tics and econ­omy.” in­ef­fi­ciency, among

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