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Yoruba group harps on self-determination, blames recession on politicians

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A diaspora Yoruba coalition, Yoruba One Voice (YOV), has restated its commitment to self-determination.

In a statement, yesterday, Secretary-General of the group, Dr. Sina Okanlomo, said it had become clear that Nigeria could not work under the present constitutional arrangement and that it was committed to liberating the Yoruba nation from the shackles of bondage the current political class has plunged it into.

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Okanlomo, who said YOV is currently in 176 countries across the world, added that the group’s reason for seeking self-determination was to save the country from impending implosion.

While blaming the political elite for the sorry state of the country, the group said: “Now that the country is in recession, politicians in Abuja who have been paying lip service to true federalism and restructuring must have come to their senses that the union cannot make headway with the current unitary structure.

“Nigeria has failed. The country is falling by the day. Many prominent Nigerians have raised the alarm that the country can break up even before 2023 if we continue to be irresponsible and reckless.”

The group also kicked against the planned regulation of social media by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), saying: “It’s worrisome why a government that admitted it came into power through social media will want to clamp down on it now.”

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