Separatists in the southwestern region of Nigeria plan to rally in the first week of December 2020, outside the palaces of royal fathers, to demand that the region secede from Nigeria.
The Yoruba separatist movement for an independent state which they called “Republic of Oduduwa” was born in the midst of the widely known separatist movement of Biafra in the former eastern region of Nigeria.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Saturday, the group said the rally would be “peaceful”
“Next Yoruba nation peaceful rally 1st week of December 2020 infront of our royal fathers palace in Southwest —Kogi state, Ekiti state, Ondo state, Kwara state, Osun state, Oyo state, Ogun state, Lagos state,” said the separatist group.
In the 1960s, Nigeria responded to an attempted secession of the people of Biafra in the east, with force, the brutality left more than 3.5 people dead, with hundreds still being killed in the region following a new quest for the defunct state of Biafra.
Experts have repeatedly said separatist movements in Nigeria is caused by government’s “callousness” and mistreatment of citizens in the south and east of the country.
The country’s constitution is also cited as one of the problems, “it only favors Muslims and the North”, explains a lawyer, Enewa Emoche.