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Pan Yoruba Coalition Calls for Oduduwa Republic

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A Pan Yoruba group O’odua Nationalist Coalition, (ONAC), made up of 18 Yoruba groups has called for the creation of Oduduwa republic, Vanguard reports.

Following the call for the sovereign nation of Biafra by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and the ordering of Igbos out of the north by a Northern youth coalition, the pan Yoruba group has said it is time for Yorubas to create their own Oduduwa Republic.

In the statement issued over the weekend and signed by Oluwole Suleiman, Michael Popoola, and Mrs Aduke Fadahunsi, the group stated that this is not the first time they have called for Oodua Republic, “But today, this demand has become even more crucial than any other thing.”

The coalition includes the Oodua Peoples Congress, (OPC), Oodua Liberation Movement, (OLM), Oodua Republic Coalition, (ORC), Yoruba Revolutionary Congress, (YORC), Oodua Muslim-Christian Dialogue Group , (OMDG), Yoruba Students Nationalist Front, (YOSNF), Oodua Hunters Union, (OHUN) and 11 other groups.

The statement released by the group says:

“We advise them to begin to make alternative plans for the inevitable upheaval being promoted by the Fulani oligarchy. The North has always been the aggressor because of the region’s loss of power and the unhidden desire to make Nigeria the irreversible extension of the Fulani emirate.

What we see is violent conflict of civilisations which can only be resolved when each region go her own way. In the bid to keep Nigeria as one country, millions of people have been killed and the lives of children wasted, the future pauperized and the potentials of Yoruba young men and women bottled or chained with fetters of iron. Today, we make the historic declaration that Yoruba people are ready for our own Oduduwa Republic.

We have watched events these past days. The cloud is getting thicker. The poisonous rain appear ready to fall. It is time for the Yoruba people to be ready to defend our homeland from being seized by local imperial elements and their collaborators. We assert Yoruba self-determination and sovereignty. We shall work for it. We will actualize it. It is time for the Yoruba people to stand for Oodua Republic without any further delay.

Yoruba people this time will not support any attack on Self determination. We shall mobilise the masses and prevent Yoruba people from being used for any attack on the long suffering indigenous peoples of the South East and the South- South. This is not the first time we have called for Oodua Republic. In April 2015, we organized a massive rally demanding for Oodua Republic. But today, this demand has become even more crucial than any other thing.

Our leaders beginning from Chief Obafemi Awolowo were jailed on trumped up charges. 28 leaders of Yoruba were imprisoned unjustly. Chief M.K.O Abiola was murdered. The industrial bases built by Awolowo were destroyed by the military rookies appointed to control the South West region, our culture destroyed and the future of our young people put asunder.

Today, many Yoruba people have become scavengers across the world fleeing from a hostile, bloodletting and malicious country that hold no promise of good and abundant life for the long suffering and exhausted population.

We call on Yoruba people all over the world to prepare for a sovereign nation for the people of the South West. We are over 50 million and far more than the population of 140 countries in the world. Yoruba will be the third biggest nation in Africa and about the 28th biggest nation in the world. We are big and knowledgeable enough to be a sovereign nation. We assert the Yoruba self-determination without any further delay.

35 Comments

  1. Bennie

    June 13, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Hmmmmm,!!!! I hope all those calling for division here and there will not take flight when they see it coming. Lets tread with caution please, Rwanda and other countries started like this before it quickly escalated into what they couldn’t contain anymore and it is always the poor masses that suffer.
    Most Social Media Politicians and activists go under, please thread with caution.

    • Think Well

      June 14, 2017 at 1:53 am

      Nigeria turning into some version of Sudan is inevitable! Unless Hausa is forced to go back to Nigér!

  2. Jules

    June 13, 2017 at 11:01 am

    NONSENSE!

    • Mike Smith

      June 14, 2017 at 1:45 am

      ALL 4 A SOUTHERN NIGERIA

    • Think Well

      June 14, 2017 at 1:50 am

      ALL 4 SOUTH NIGERIA

  3. Jules

    June 13, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Nobody is running to anywhere, we will live as ONE NIGERIA and amend that which we spoilt, with our own hands TOGETHER.
    Anybody planning to scatter this great nation because of what he/she will benefit will never know peace!

    • Mike Smith

      June 14, 2017 at 1:44 am

      HAUSA MUST GO SHE IS NIGÉRIEN NOT NIGERIAN!

      END OF STORY!

  4. Gb

    June 13, 2017 at 11:21 am

    Im yoruba from Okitipupa,Ondo State. These Idiots might be meeting me in court if they continue to irritate me with these useless oduduwa republic. nonsense.
    One Nigeria,Please!!!

  5. Nakoms

    June 13, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Igbos wan leave Yoruba wan leave Hausa wan leave. Isorait make everybody leave.

    I can assure you that Nigeria will keep existing even if na only me alone remain!

    • Mama

      June 13, 2017 at 2:14 pm

      lol…you and me both, we will run things together.

      It is like all these people have forgotten that there are over 200 other ethnic groups that exist in this country. It is like Nigeria revolves around only those three groups. They should continue, we are watching keenly.

  6. The Real Oma

    June 13, 2017 at 11:50 am

    Okay, so i let out a hearty laugh when i saw this, you know the kind that rumbles in your chest and then spills out of your throat? that one.
    Yeah, i know it is not funny that after so many years we are still here instead of working to move the country forward.
    But i laugh because now Yorubas will understand how it feels when some group you do not know and do not endorse openly declare they are representing you, and then everyone and their momma starts calling you out on SM like you were in the meeting when the group was formed.
    I am both Igbo and Yoruba and i love both tribes, just as i love my Hausa brethren (my closest pal right now is from Katsina). I love my country Nigeria and wish we can live together as one but i am also painfully aware the country needs restructuring, we cannot move forward with the system we have now but dividing up is NOT the solution.
    Thank you.

    • Nakoms

      June 13, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      A MILLION LIKES!!!!!

  7. BlueEyed

    June 13, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Yoruba people that are naturally spineless wan leave go where? I laugh in mandarin

    • nene+

      June 13, 2017 at 12:33 pm

      Stop calling a people spineless. I don’t agree with you.

    • Nakoms

      June 13, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      You are a BIG FOOL!!
      And if you knew your history you will appreciate how truly cultured they are as a people. All the peoples of Nigeria have positive qualities and attributes that are unique to them. Only a right structuring of the country will bring out those attributes.

    • Anonymous

      June 13, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      No other tribe in Nigeria has been the frontier for social justice like the Yorubas. Insulting, shouting and protesting without a plan is not the Yoruba way. The day we declare we are leaving Nigeria, it shall be with an already defined, laid down structure on governance, economy and every other component of a just society. We do not shout without putting the cogent plans in place.

    • Iya ibeji

      June 13, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      Its good to see you for who truly who you are Oh you BlueEyed with the spine!!!

    • Division is a distraction

      June 13, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      The same naturally spineless group are the most progressive and developed region. The same spineless group are the most welcoming group in Nigeria whether na pretense or real it doesn’t matter. The same group that has the most people who fought for justice, unity and development. The same spineless group who opened their arms to Igbos to settle in the west peacefully after Biafra. Igbos have developed themselves in the West without any obstruction. The east is very hard to settle in, Yorubas don’t have the same luxury to live in the East that Igbos have in the west. Even south south can’t freely live in the East. We get our own problem with Igbo people. Live in the East for a month then you will see how divided Igbos are among themselves and they are not welcoming to other groups. Yorubas are known to shout and bark with nothing but how long have Igbos/biafrans been barking with no actions to back it up.

      Yorubas, this whole oduduwa thing is stupid. If you can’t develop your little village why in the world do you think division is the answer.

  8. Baba Awon Boys

    June 13, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    We don’t want, e se!!! I am Yoruba, my wife is from Delta, my yam supplier is Igbo-Hausa, i have in-laws from Akwa-Ibom and Kogi. My Hausa language tutor is from Kano.

    Which Oduduwa Republic? The one that an Ijebu cannot marry an Ondo indigene.

    Shior!!!

  9. Californiabawlar

    June 13, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Even the hunters want out? Lmaooo All I know is that the country sounds very razz ?? I weak! Biko what will be our official religion? Cos this their logo be like jazz something ? Who will be statesmen? Tinubu or Fayose? Msschew!
    On a serious note though, I see where they are coming from, if Igbos waka, na who wan stay dey form Nigeria with Hausa/fulani? Hian!
    Someone once said Nigerians talk about each other like they are aliens, and it quite sad that this madness has passed on to our generation. Southerners have more alike than they choose to see. Even if we split up, it should be based on logistics, not because some have watery soup, or are ‘spineless’. Biko what you call spineless we call being diplomatic. And there’s always a place for that in the world. Anyway sha, whatever you choose to believe, if this same divisive mentality is carried over to any new country it’ll will be just another sh*tshow like other failed states… check out South Sudan.

    • Iya ibeji

      June 13, 2017 at 2:11 pm

      I would rather live in that “razz” country with the hunters because I can’t exactly see what is “posh” about the current Nigeria. I don’t have any problem staying Nigerian, I just know that a lot has to change in this present Nigeria before razzness of hunters can be a problem for me.
      Northerners are holding oil blocks- is it held by the masses or the few oppressing them and exploiting them for violence
      Yorubas are enjoying from the oil block – I as an average yoruba person, is my life better because Nigeria has oil or because Tinubu and Obasanjo are rich. The oil has not made my life better in any way.
      The Igbos are causing trouble – isn’t it a genuine concern that the international airports and ports are situated far from them and are in the north and west. Is it too much for them to ask that it should be built in their region. We need to talk about issues and resolve them amicably, examine genuine concerns and try to change them, if we all see that the few people who have don’t want Nigeria to be better for the masses, then we can channel our energy towards the right direction.
      If however we choose to continue to hurl insults at each other and not face our leaders, Oodua Nation here I come, another chance to work at a country I and my children will be proud of.

    • californiabawlar

      June 13, 2017 at 2:55 pm

      It’s amazing that my web browser allowed me to like your comment like 3 times! It appears even the gods of the internet are with you on this one! I know I was taking light jabs at the post, but you echo my sentiments in almost every way… especially your line… a do-over never hurt nobody.

  10. Iya ibeji

    June 13, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Although division is not the ideal, the current Nigeria is not appealing. We are not moving forward as a people. It is tiring being from any of the major tribes because we keep hurling insults at each other – I believe everyone feels their own tribe is better than the other but that you shouldn’t cause you to treat others with disrespect. If the masses from all the tribes work together to stop this oppression from our leaders, there may be a way forward. If however we continue on this part of dosunity, please can anyone tell me why exactly we should be together?
    The choice is all ours, talk about issues, face our leaders and demand for better because whether they are from the east, south, west or north – they are our true oppressors or leave to give our respective groups a fighting chance at better lives.

    • Seriously

      June 13, 2017 at 6:11 pm

      Nigerian leaders are the ones that need to change. The people at the top(all tribes) are enjoying while average Nigerians are suffering. The lack of electricity is not a tribal problem, embezzlement is not a tribal problem but an individual and collective problem.

  11. Nakoms

    June 13, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    @iya beji. Lady, you got your head screwed on right!!!

  12. Oyinade

    June 13, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    People, people, people!!! Why some much anger in the comments section. I honestly just laughed, when I saw this article. Don’t take everything seriously.

  13. Nahum

    June 13, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Yorubas are not going anywhere jor. Nobody is leaving, all of unaware just time wasters. Instead of you to put your heads together to move the country forward, you are all busy forming groups calling for cessation and hoping the government will settle you. Jokers!!

    • Nahum

      June 13, 2017 at 2:53 pm

      I meant una

  14. Adedoyin Akanbi

    June 13, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    The Hausa north believe they own Nigeria, whatever they mean by that is best told to the marines. They are crafty, manupulative, greedy grabers, and always with a hidden agenda. They cling to Nigeria, their pot of soup and would stop at nothing to make sure any one from other tribes in Nigeria who raises a dust is silenced. The two worst presidents Nigeria ever had Babangida and Sanni Abacha (may he rot in hell) are northerners. They killed and maimed, bombed, assasinated and executed any one from other tribes who challenged them in their bid to further the northern agenda. There are mineral resources kept untaped in the north, yet they hang on oil and commercial revenues from the east and west, demanding the lion share, through cooks and nooks. Fellow Nigeians, this entity is shaking, we need to evaquate. We do not need to go to war to go our seperate ways, we need to sit at a conferece table to re-map Nigeria. The north has held the other components of Nigeria behind for too long. Once the divorce is settled, like Emir Sanusi rightly said, the northwould realise how naked and poor they are.

  15. Stanley Jejelowo Ogbere

    June 13, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    ‘If you want peace prepare for war’ so goes the saying. In the light of this, it is good to be proactive. As Yoruba will say, before you start a fight, you have to first look at the pros and cons. The approach to our liberation must be done in a professional and modern way not based on imitation or because Biafra is agitating we must agitate. We have to examine the possibility and without bloodshed, how to achieve our own autonomy if the time is ripe. First and foremost, we must put our house in order and respect one another like we are not currently doing. Oduduwa can be in our logo but we must realise that people have been living in Ile Ife before Oduduwa came we can just wish that away or get carried away. Simple Yoruba Republic or Yorland Republic will do to cater for diverse interest in Yorubaland.

  16. Simplymeana

    June 13, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    ori yin ti daru sir

    • The Real Oma

      June 13, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      Your comment had me in stitches!

  17. nnenne

    June 14, 2017 at 1:46 am

    There is strength in unity.
    The population and diversity in Nigeria should be a huge advantage but a situation where be a fellow Nigerian citizen is killed , property destroked just for living in one area of his/ her mother land is not encouraging.
    Staying together should be our best option.
    But the status quo is definitely not working. We need an honest conversation!!!
    What happened to the national conference? We could start from there.

  18. Think Well

    June 14, 2017 at 1:55 am

    Nigeria turning into some version of Sudan is inevitable! Unless Hausa is forced to go back to Nigér! They aren’t Subsaharans! Everything else is clock-work!

  19. Debbie

    June 14, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    I am Yoruba and rolling my eyes right now. Oduduwa Republic ko, Sango Republic ni. Meanwhile all those campaigning for Biafra day in day out should clap for themselves. Even if you move to Biafra Ville, you will still be faced with the same problems facing Nigeria. Old wine in new bottle. Shior!!! Everyone saying their own. Carry go!!!

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