*By Kazeem Awojoodu, Ibadan.
Prof. Banji Akintoye, Sunday Igboho have been confirmed to participate at the Yoruba Nation Rally in Lagos.
The development conveyed through a statement signed on Monday by the General Secretary of IOO, Arc. George Akinola.
According to a copy of the statement made available to SWIndependentnews.com.ng by the Media Communications Secretary of the Group, Mr. Maxwell Adeleye, stated that the International Community such as the United Nations (UN), European Union (EUP), African Union (AU), Economic Community for West Africa (ECOWAS), and the Governments of United States and United Kingdom have been invited to observe the rally.
The statement further maintained that the umbrella body of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, Ilana Omo Oodua (IOO), has endorsed the July 3rd Mega Rally scheduled to hold in the Commerical City of Lagos, Nigeria in support of the actualisation of Yoruba Nation.
The Lagos Self Determination Rally according to the statement promised to be peaceful and orderly, the group also maintained that if actualized, the Yoruba Nation shall be the shinning glory of the Black Race.
The statement also states that well-meaning Yoruba people, including Professor Akintoye, Activist, Mr. Sunday Adeyemo, fondly called Sunday Igboho, are expected to grace the rally.
“Ilana Omo Oodua and its associates have concluded arrangements to hold the Lagos State version of the Yoruba Nation mega rallies on Saturday, July 03, 2021.
“It promises to be a blast as we finally sink the ill fated amalgamation in the Atlantic ocean, welcome to the shinning glory of the black race!
“The Lagos rally will be one of the super rallies storm that have been blowing galefully and peacefully all over Yorubaland and all Yoruba sons and daughters are encouraged to come out and stamp their unequivocal authority on the land. We own this space!
“Please come out in your brilliant Yoruba Nation regalia: vests, t-shirts and omoluabi whites. Hoist your flags and sing the *Ogo Adulawo Yoruba National anthem* with gutso.
“We are on the last leg to liberation. And as usual, this rally will be peaceful, well coordinated and orderly. It was peaceful at Ibadan, well conducted at Abeokuta, super orderly at Osogbo, fantastically coordinated at Akure and epochal at Ado-Ekiti.
“The Nigerian police cooperated well with us in all these places. We do not expect it to be different in Lagos. Be a witness to history”, the statement, said.
Ilana Omo Oodua through the statement stated that under the leadership of Renowned Historian, Professor Banji Akintoye, has held peaceful rallies in five Yoruba Speaking States of Ekiti, Oyo, Osun, Ogun and Ondo, clamouring for the emergence of Yoruba Nation from the Republic of Nigeria.