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Yoruba Nation agitators to petition United Nations at 76th UNGA

Pro-independent Yoruba nation agitators have revealed plans to further their cause by petitioning the United Nations at the upcoming 76th United Nations General Assembly in September.

One of the leaders of Ilana Omo Odua, Wale Adeniran, made the disclosure during a zoom conversation organized by UK-based Heritage Multimedia TV on Tuesday.

Adeniran stated that the UN General Assembly would be an opportunity to explain the rationale behind the Yoruba nation agitation to world leaders.

He said: “That’s a golden opportunity for us to present our case forcefully, before the entire world.

“During that one week, tell Yoruba people all over the world to come to New York and the UN general assembly.”

The 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 76) will hold from 14th to 30th September 2021 in New York with the first day of the high-level general debate slated for Tuesday, 21 September 2021.

Adeniran, a former Commissioner of Education in Osun State and former Director of Institute of African Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, said he would speak to Yoruba historian, Banji Akintoye, respecting the decision.

“I am going to tell Prof. Akintoye that we would have to be part of the event in the US,” he said, adding that participating in the session will form part of efforts to drum support for the struggle.

On the Yoruba nation petition submitted to the International Criminal Court (ICC), he noted:

“The ball is in our court to begin to push our case and continue to shout it.

“We’ve submitted our letter and it has been acknowledged; it is now left for us to embark on aggressive propaganda for the ICC to look into the case. They are humans too.

“That we have filed a petition is not sufficient. We have to keep making noise about it.”

Recently, Ilana Omo Oodua, the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, endorsed the petition by the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS), urged the Nigerian Government to conduct a referendum.

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