Yoruba World Congress changes name, says self-determination non-negotiable
The Yoruba socio-cultural Yoruba World Congress has renamed its organization to Ilana Omo Oodua.
The group which represents the Yoruba race in the aspect of self-determination also reiterated that self-determination of the Yoruba people is a priority that can never be negotiated.
President-General, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, said while speaking during the stakeholders’ virtual meeting where YWC changed its name to Ilana Omo Oodua, that as they struggle towards achieving that goal, they would operate in peaceful and law-abiding ways and means.
Akintoye also reaffirmed that the change of name was necessary to run the organization in line with the philosophy of the late Yoruba Sage, Obafemi Awolowo’s led Egbe Omo Oduduwa.
He said, “We shall encourage and energize the youths of our nation to protect and defend our homeland against herdsmen and militiamen who have been rampaging through our farmlands since 2015, and who have been destroying our people’s farms, villages and farmsteads, killing members of our rural population, raping vulnerable women, kidnapping people on our farmlands and highways, forcing many of our farmers to abandon farming altogether, and threatening our whole nation with devastating food shortages.
“In our towns and cities, we shall encourage and empower our youths to form themselves into vigilante groups for protecting our communities.
We shall also continue more vigorously our plans for the stoppage of the decline of our Yoruba language, and for reviving and revitalizing our language. Interest in the well-being of our Yoruba youths will form a central feature of our whole enterprise. We shall encourage them for leadership, enterprise, and creativity.
“It is a very good thing that we can now put away our ideological differences in the Yoruba World Congress, for example, differences such as attitude to youths, whereby some leaders insist upon actual respect to our youths, while others seem to despise our youths.
”The YWC also said the change of name was necessary because several Yoruba traditional rulers and leaders had kicked against adopting an English Name to lead the struggle for the liberation and freedom of Yoruba people.
“The motion for a change of name moved during a virtual congress of the group held on 24th October 2020 where delegates of 87 Yoruba Socio-Cultural and Self-Determination Groups within Nigeria and 126 countries unanimously adopted it.”
Nwada Ugochinyere Onyechere reporting, Obinwannem News