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May 3, 2012 UN urged to organize referendum in Nigeria

Prepare for Oduduwa Republic, group urges Yoruba

The United Nation's Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon has been urged to impress on the world body to sponsor a referendum on the political future of Nigeria.

Worried by the spate of bombings and killings by Boko Haram, the Islamic militant gang, Apapo Oodua Koya, (AOKOYA) a Pan-Yoruba group said the UN should organize a plebiscite to decide the fate of a country in perpetual state of ethnic conflict.

“The UN should not wait to pick the carcass of warring factions in Nigeria. It should act now and sponsor a referendum on ethnic self determination to ensure the peaceful disintegration of Nigeria. At present, Nigeria is another genocide waiting to happen.”

AOKOYA also urged people of the South West to prepare for their own sovereignty since the battle ahead looks like a pathway to the inevitable break-up of Nigeria.

We are so sure that the bombing of worship places and social institutions will not stop until Nigeria rises up to the ghost of its forceful 1914 amalgamation, and allow the different ethnic groups to determine their own future including their own strategies for the protection of lives and properties.

“We are working to see a sovereign Oduduwa Republic from Lagos to Jebba, and Lokoja plus the Itsekiri part of Delta and as soon as possible. It is now certain that the practical solution to the unending crisis since Nigeria's forceful amalgamation in 1914 is the peaceful break-up of the country. We have the opportunity now to do it under the United Nations, (UN) supervision. We are a country bound with irreconcilable differences. This historical fault lines and cleavages continue to sharpen our differences and show an inherent, irreversible violent clash of values and civilization”, a statement signed by AOKOYA's Director of Media Affairs, Mr Saliu Akinkunmi said on Thursday.

The Nigerian system cannot bring out the best political and social elements from the Yoruba Nation. The time for Oduduwa Republic is now.

AOKOYA said that Nigeria is under a corrupt, inept, naïve and self-destructive, spineless political class. Poverty, pain and anguish have become our daily companions. These index will continue to fuel violence and aggression. Most politicians came to power through violence and brigandage. We are an enslaved nation and no visionary leader can emerge in this poor context. The solution is for every ethnic group go its own way. We as an organisation shall work to actualize this historical dream for the Yoruba Nation.

AOKOYA stated that while blame is being heaped on President Goodluck Jonathan, his critics have been offering half-measure solutions by dodging the real issue which is ethnic self-determination. “No President of Nigeria can make any difference given the moribund foundation of the Nigerian state. We observe that since 1914, the country has been a fierce battle ground for primordial ethnic powers, with one trying to outdo the other, resulting in violent clashes and unending loss of human lives. In this contest, the Hausa-Fulani is not prepared to relinquish power for a minute. This has been responsible for the group's preference for military coups having seized the structure of the military since the pre-independence era. The bombings we see today are orchestrated to cause a state of anarchy and scuttle democratic culture. ”