A Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Yoruba Koya Movement said it has declared Wednesday, June 12 as a National Day of Protest against insecurity challenges especially in South West region as well as Kogi and Kwara states.
In a statement made available to journalists in Lagos by the National Director of Organization and Publicity of the group, Maxwell Adeleye, the rally is said to have secured the cooperation of the group, Voice of Reason (VOR) and 26 other socio-cultural groups expected to stage the rallies in Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti, Lagos, Osun, Ogun, Kogi and Kwara states under the banner: “JUNE 12 OTOGE RALLY”.
According to Adeleye, the OTOGE rally also aims at presenting the Yoruba Charter of Demands to the government of Federal Republic of Nigeria (FRN) and to also present a Public Petition to the United Nations (UN), European Union (EU), African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) over the ongoing genocide in Southern and Middle Belt nations of Nigeria.
”The rally is being organized to reawaken the people of Yoruba-speaking states to be conscious of the agenda of some ethnic warlords and reactionaries outside their domains to capture their land and enslave them while masquerading as visitors.
”The rally is also to enjoin all governors in Yoruba-speaking states to integrate towards economic, social and political development of Yoruba Land and to encourage them to make the security of lives and properties of their people utmost priority.
“We are also to encourage Yoruba legislators both at State and National Assemblies to endorse, support and move motions that will expressly indicate where the Yoruba stands,” the statement read.
According to the organisers, the rally is billed to commence at 9am and will hold simultaneously at Gani Fawehinmi Park, Lagos; Ibadan Military Cenotaph, Opposite Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, Oyo State; Pansheke Roundabout, Abeokuta, Ogun State; Fajuyi Roundabout, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State; Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo, Osun State; Alagbaka Roundabout, in Akure, Ondo State; Kabba Township Stadium, Kabba, Kogi state and Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Ilorin, Kwara state respectively.