Lawyers petition ECOWAS President over Yoruba self-determination, seeks intervention.

The Oodua Action Movement (OAM), a body in association with other Yoruba self-determination groups,representing the Yoruba People of the South West of Nigeria, has petitioned the President of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo over failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to take action on the demand for self a determination and autonomy for Yoruba race.Through one of its Solicitors, Oranmiyo Biobakun,the group noted that on September 23,2020, OAM sent a letter to President Muhammadu Buhari demanding for self-determination and autonomy for the Yoruba people from the federal government of Nigeria in accordance with the resolution and provisions of the United Nations Charter.However, the group lamented that President Buhari has not responded to the letter.It stressed that the General Assembly Resolution 1514 (1960) states that “all peoples have the right to self-determination; by virtue of that right they may freely determine their political status and freely pursue their economic, social and cultural development.Besides, Article 1(2) of the Charter stressed the need to develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples, and to take other appropriate measures to strengthen universal peaceIn addition, Article 20 of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights pointedly states that” All peoples shall have the right to existence and also have the unquestionable and inalienable right to self-determination.” They shall freely determine their political status and shall pursue their economic and social development according to the policy they have freely chosen.”Colonized or oppressed peoples shall have the right to free themselves from the bonds of domination by resorting to any means recognized by the international community.”All peoples shall have the right to the assistance of the State Parties to the present Charter in their liberation struggle against foreign domination, be it political, economic, or cultural”.OAM said the letter was a formal request to the government of Nigeria sequel to the popular clamour for self-determination and autonomy of the constituent nationalities which comprised the Yoruba people of the south-west, the people of the Middle-belt, and the Biafra people of the eastern region. It pointed out that the Yorubas which comprised of over 60 million population have expressed their desire to peacefully leave the purported amalgamation midwifed by the British in 1914. The purported amalgamation the group emphasised did not involve any of the constituent regions of the nationalities making up Nigeria.The petition further reads” suffices to state that the Constitution of Nigeria 1999 does not provide for any procedure to opt out of the British amalgamated units called Nigeria. “Usually, most modern constitutions contain provisions for referenda or plebiscite which often forms the platform to gauging the interest of the people as recognised under international law. This was so because the constitution was written by one person and bequeathed to the nation by the military junta.” Accordingly, the federal government headed by President Muhammadu Buhari has refused or neglected to respond to OAM’s September 23,2020 letter.The group noted that presently, the youths have taken over major cities in the southwest and the east regions suggestive of a long-drawn face-off with the government on variety of obvious socio-political issues, wanton killings, killing of farmers by herdsmen, raping of women and girls by Boko Haram who are from the ethnic origin of President Muhammadu Buhari, increasing and deadly brutality by the police controlled by the goons of the president .The body therefore sought a peaceful and roundtable solution in the circumstances,noting that the body language of the presidency and its officers suggests an uncompromising stance.In addition to this,was the recent massacre of the youthful peaceful protesters by the combined team of the police and the army.The group called on the African Union and the ECOWAS to rise to the festering civil strife that seems to be looming in Nigeria. It noted that” an upsurge of refugees from Nigeria to any African nation at this period of deleterious global economic meltdown will be catastrophic. “Thus, the economic implication of a civil strife in Nigeria is better imagined than experienced. We are not oblivious to the disdain some Nigerians are being treated even by neighbouring African countries. It will therefore be good for African leaders to eschew sentiments and intervene in this matter now. Your noninterference may result to unimaginable huge number of refugees that the ECOWAS countries would have to deal with if active interventions are ignored.” It is in view of the above that we are appealing to you to use your good offices to encourage a roundtable meeting between the federal government and the representatives of OAM at probably the secretariat of the ECOWAS in Accra, Ghana. OAM expressed the belief that the intervention of ECOWAS’s President would bring succour not only to the good people of the Southwest but also to other regions clamouring for self-determination and autonomy.


10 Replies to “Lawyers petition ECOWAS President over Yoruba self-determination, seeks intervention.”

  1. Well submitted. The expedient thing in the circumstances is for theECOWAS leaders to meet on it. As Nigeria is the most populous Africa country, they will not want wait for the issue to escalate before they bear their minds on it. They should shun Sentiment, that thief of Good Reason cum Logic. For, only the latter is here required.

  2. There are so many atrositis committed by the nigerian government, snake swallow N35million naira, billions of naira was missing, fuel price moving from N85 to N170, hausa and fulanis are killing, raped the Yorubas and at the end the Yorubas arrested.
    So we need Orile’Oduduwa Republic now.

  3. It is an anachy government. The northerners occupy all the high positions in Nigeria parastalties offices. The southern boarder had been closed down more than a year now while the northern border has been left opened.
    Piority to export and import was given only to a southern businessman – Dangote, despite the closure of the southern border.
    Refinery Nigeria government find it difficult to build, one person is building it now.
    All the roads are lions den, no regular electricity supply, no good water supply, no good health care, education is deteorating due to strikes by the teachers/lecturers because the government failed to finance the schools and pay salaries.
    No security.
    High level of corruption on daily basis.

  4. In one Nigerian all Yoruba, ipob and some life are in danger. Our lives are not save, Hausa Fulani are killing,distroy our farms and rapid our wife’s and our ladies. And nothing will happen.

  5. Yes sir very good job we need Oduduwa republic may Ahlla make it easy for us my prayers for you all long life and prosperity Amin sunmon Amin

  6. We have tired of Nigeria government they are killing us and we can’t move forward with this anymore

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