A Pan-yoruba socio-cultural group, Yoruba Koya Movement, has declared Wednesday, June 12, as a National Day of Protest against the ongoing killings and kidnappings across Yoruba-speaking States, including Kogi and Kwara.
The rally is supported by a Yoruba Intelligentsia group, Voice of Reason, VOR and 26 other socio-cultural and self-determination groups.
The rally, tagged: June 12 Otoge Rally will hold in the capital cities of Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti, Lagos, Osun, Ogun, Kogi and Kwara States, simultaneously.
The National Director of Publicity of the Yoruba Koya Movement, Mr Maxwell Adeleke, said the rally was aimed at presenting the Yoruba Charter of Demands to the government of Federal Republic of Nigeria.
It is also aimed at presenting a Public Petition to the UN, EU, AU and the Economic ECOWAS over the ongoing genocide in Southern and Middle Belt regions of Nigeria.
The statement says 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 domain to capture their land and enslave them while masquerading as visitors.”
It enjoins all Governors in Yoruba speaking States to integrate towards economic, social and political development of Yorubaland and to encourage them to make the security of lives and property of their people utmost priority.
“The rally is meant to encourage Yoruba legislators both at the State and National Assemblies to endorse, support and move motions that will expressly indicate where the Yoruba stands.”
The rally, billed to commence at 9am, will hold simultaneously at Gani Faweyinmi Park, Lagos State; Ibadan Military Cenotaph, Opposite Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, Oyo State and Pansheke Roundabout, Abeokuta, Ogun State.
Other locations are, Fajuyi Roundabout, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State; Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo, Osun State; Alagbaka Roundabout, opposite First Bank, Akure, Ondo State; Kabba Township Stadium, Kabba, Kogi State and Ibrahim Taiwo Road, Ilorin, Kwara State.