There is growing tension in Lagos State over Sunday Adeyemo, known as Sunday Igboho, a secessionist championing the planned July 3 Yoruba nation rally.
In Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti, Osun and Ondo States, Igboho had held a similar rally.
Having experienced last year’s #EndSARS protest that led to the destruction of public facilities in Lagos, authorities are wary of any mega rally that could cause a breakdown in law and order.
On the Yoruba Nation rally, Muyiwa Adejobi, spokesman for the state police command, told Daily Trust, “The command will respond when necessary.”
Our correspondent contacted some leaders of thought in the state yesterday, but they declined to comment, expressing concern that such a rally might plunge the state into another crisis.
Nevertheless, we should pray for our country to overcome this temporary challenge. “I believe we will overcome this temporary challenge,” one of the leaders said.
The Ilana Omo Oodua coalition, led by Emeritus Professor of History and Second Republic senator Banji Akintoye, backed the planned rally, asking Yorubas to participate in it en masse.
The group’s General Secretary, George Akinola, said yesterday that the international community had been invited to observe the rally.
Among the international organizations he listed were the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union, the Economic Community of West Africa, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
The statement noted that the event “would finally sink the ill-fated amalgamation in the Atlantic Ocean.”
“Wear your Yoruba Nation regalia: vests, t-shirts, and omoluabi whites.”. Raise your flags and sing the Ogo Adulawo Yoruba National Anthem with gusto.
“We are on the verge of liberation. There will be order at the rally. Ibadan was peaceful, Abeokuta was well-run, Osogbo was orderly, Akure was coordinated, and Ado-Ekiti was epochal.
“The Nigeria Police cooperated well with us in all of these places. In Lagos, we don’t expect it to be any different. “Be a witness to history,” the statement continued.