Supporters of the Yoruba nation, a movement advocating for the self-determination of the ethnic group, stormed Akure, the Ondo State capital, on Saturday to demand secession away from Nigeria.
The agitators stormed the Ondo capital in hundreds, displaying banners and placards with various inscriptions stating their demands.
Masquerades also joined the agitators during the protest.
A spokesman for Ilana Omo Oodua, the group coordinating the rally, Maxwell Adeleye, said: “We are in Akure to demand Yoruba Nation. We want a Yoruba nation and we are ready to gain that peacefully.
“We are tired of the oppression. we are saying that there is nothing to restructure again in Nigeria.”
When asked why the rally is holding in Akure despite Governor Rotimi Akeredolu’s opposition to Yoruba nation, Adeleye said: “Akeredolu is not against us. This is a Yorbua matter. He is an omoluabi per excellence. He is the first governor to summon the courage that Oduduwa anthem should be adopted in all schools in Ondo State.”
The Ilana Omo Oodua spokesperson assured that the rally would not lead to violence.
“We stand for the peaceful dissolution of Nigeria. Norway, Denmark, Finland separated peacefully. Iceland separated peacefully. Any violent person during our rallies is a mole planted among us.
“We shall peacefully, logically, and intellectually achieve our independence without violence, bloodshed,” he said.