There is no need for a re – hash of Nigeria’s history —everyone is aware of the slow descent of the country since it’s inception. Those not aware of it’s history are living witnesses to it’s current decadent state, making it a hopeless and despairing environment for the generality of the citizens. We are now at a crossroad, either to continue in this present situation, voting every four years and possibly become extinct in a few years time OR Take our Destiny in our hands and go another direction, the Direction of YORUBA AUTONOMY.
Whilst saluting the courage of our brethren in YOLICOM, we wish to point out that a nation that secedes unilaterally will find it difficult to be recognised by the comity of nations. Under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples of September 13th, 2007, the Yoruba Nation exclusively reserves the right to decide the basis and terms of federating with any other nationality and if these fail, the right to stand alone. This is the whole essence of self–determination, irrespective of previous constitutional arrangements.
The legal process to determine the above is called REFERENDUM. Once we go through this process and the United Nations see the result, the Yoruba Nation will be accorded worldwide recognition and thus become a member of the United Nations. Scotland used it and decided to stay within the United Kingdom. The United Kingdom itself used it and they chose to exit the European Union (BREXIT) REFERENDUM ROAD MAP.
We are hereby proposing a ROAD MAP aimed at achieving YORUBA AUTONOMY. This Referendum will be internal to Yorubaland and it is for the Yorubas to decide whether they want to stay within Nigeria or exit it. In the unlikely event that the decision is to stay within Nigeria, then REGIONAL AUTONOMY comes in –in which case we now renegotiate the basis and terms of federating within Nigeria, as the mandate of the National Assembly does not include constitution making. That mandate belongs exclusively to the Sovereign Constituent Components, for which reason Constitutions, all over the democratic world, including the United States of America, usually begin with “we the people ” including approving any amendments to any Constitution we make.
a. We must educate and enlighten the populace through trained volunteers at Ward levels, whose preliminary task is to first sound out peoples opinions for our focus, mission and vision. Citizens empowerment and re–orientation will be an end result of this stage of the process.
b. If the general consensus is to opt for a Yoruba Nation, a political vacuum must be avoided. .To this end, all willing political office holders will remain as Transitional Government.
c.Transitional Government will operate initially under the 1963 Western Region Constitution
d. A Constituent Assembly of the Yoruba Nation will be convened, to fashion a legal way forward –that is, a United Yoruba Document.
e. Security of life,property and businesses situated in Yorubaland is guaranteed in line with the Universal laws guiding trade,commerce and industry, whether owned by Yorubas, our geographical neighbours or foreigners.
This will be arranged for our brethren in the present Kwara, Kogi, Edo and Delta States. Finally, a journey of a thousand miles starts with one step. The only solution to the Yoruba Question is REFERENDUM –it’s legal, it’s our right and it’s universally acceptable.
Otunba Shade Olukoya
Chief Adekunle Olaiya -Akinsemoyin
Mr Kayode Ogundoro Comrade Adegboyega Adelu
Mr Leye Akinmodiro
Mr Adeola Adegoke