Senior Advocate of Nigeria and Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has explained the emotion for Oduduwa Republic as a joke taken too far by some set of people.

Human rights lawyer, disclosed this in his contribution to a discussion on a WhatsApp group on Sunday.
Falana was responds to the intended protest on 1st October, 2020 by a group led by a Professor of History, Banji Akintoye.

According to senior lawyer, he was not aware that any referendum had been conducted where it was agreed that the Yoruba region should be separated from Nigeria.

His statement read in part: “Which Oduduwa Republic? Are these ethnic champions not carrying this funny joke too far? Where did the Yoruba people conduct a referendum to opt out of Nigeria?

“Mid West was carved out of Western Region. Western State was split into Oyo, Ogun, Osun, and Ekiti States because of alleged domination of certain Yoruba leaders.

“Have the Ekiti people mandated Professor Banji Akintoye to send them to Ibadan?
“Members of the ruling class in the South West zone are either campaigning for restructuring or balkanisation of the country.

“It is a campaign for power devolution without responsibility.

“It is a dubious struggle that does not address the security and welfare of the Yoruba people.

“The beneficiaries of free education policy are today the promoters of commercialisation of education.

“So, they have turned the children of the poor to area boys and thugs while their children are going to private schools at home and abroad.
“The ranches built in Oke Ako (Ekiti State) and Akunu (Ondo State) in the 1950s by the Western region under the premiership of Chief Obafemi Awolowo have collapsed.

“Hence, the regular clashes between herders and farmers.

“Lagos State which is part of the South West Zone is the 6th largest economy in the whole of Africa.

“The South West Zone is richest in the country.

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