[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he National Association of Yoruba Descendants, “Egbe Omo Yoruba, has declared that the Yoruba’s will not rest until restructuring is achieved.
“The just concluded Yoruba summit in Ibadan is a clear evident that Yoruba will not rest until restructuring is achieved and, all necessary legislations are put in place to grant constitutional autonomy to each of the six geopolitical zones, as well as for the government of Nigeria to practice a true Federalism.”
“Since the creation of the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria, it has become clearer that the successive government have failed to fulfil its promise for the regional governance by the people of each region. Groups and individuals have relentlessly agitated for the recognition of each zones by the Federal Government. They are demanding for constitutional recognition of each six zones as independent region.”
“Yoruba people have always been in the forefront of this agitation both at home and in diaspora. We have been championing the voice for the devolution of powers that would guarantee the autonomy for each geopolitical zone in Nigeria, especially for the Yoruba to govern itself within the present geographical location in the country.”
In a statement obtained by Per Second News Monday and signed by the trio of Hon. Samuel Aderemi National General Secretary EOYNA, Hon. Bishop Adjure, National Secretary of Publicity, and Dr. Durojaye Odimayo Akindutire National President EOYNA, USA.
“Because of the unsustainability of the current unitary structure in Nigeria, the recently concluded convention of Egbe Omo Yoruba North America has released eight-point resolution under the theme – Egbe Omo Yoruba North America Demands Restructuring as a Way Forward for the Development and Progress of the Yoruba People. The second-point resolution stated our position more clearly as thus, “That restructuring of Nigeria is the only way for the Yoruba to be identified as a Nation”. This resolution remained a potent symbol of our conviction that if Yoruba should attain self-rule status among the six geopolitical zones, we are capable of utilizing the potentials and greatness embedded in our DNA by Olodumare for the improvement of our community.”
“Because of the relationship between the organizers of the summit, Egbe, through its National President, actively participated in the conversation leading to the success of the summit. The position of Egbe was formally presented.”
“We will continue to advocate for the restructuring of Nigeria and coalesce all the Yoruba citizen in diaspora behind the efforts to bring it to a reality in our time if we are accorded the right to fully participate by taking our unique position and past efforts into consideration.”
“When it is a fact that Yoruba have been leading the aspiration to restructure Nigeria for a long time, it is not out of place to have other regions in solidarity with us. Ibadan declaration should be purely Yoruba affairs in the first instance, this is the time to have our house in order before stretching our hands of solidarity across to other regions. “Once bitten twice shy”. E je ka rona.”
“We have always been talking with no visible action. We should not just “talk the walk” we should ‘walk the talk’, This is the best time to prepare for the storm ahead; put a structure (representative from major Yoruba groups) in place to refine the tenets of the Ibadan Declaration, continue to educate and mobilize our people on the imperativeness and the possible ‘contours’ to prepare for on this course of Restructuring and others, identify and mobilize for essential resources- time, finance, and international understanding.”