The Yoruba at home and in diaspora have been urged to come out en masse on Tuesday January 21, for a protest rally in support of ‘Operation Amotekun’, a joint security network recently established by the South-West governors to wage war against the rising spate of insecurity in the zone.
The planned mass protest, code named ‘Amotekun Solidarity Walk’, being organised by Yoruba World Congress (YWC), an umbrella body of all Yoruba socio-cultural and self-determination groups within and beyond Nigeria, will take place in the capital cities of all South-West states.
The YWC is led by foremost Yoruba leader, Emeritus Professor of History and Second Republic Senator, Banji Akintoye.
Mr. Victor Taiwo, YWC Director of Contacts and Mobilization, in a statement on Saturday, said the protest would hold simultaneously in Lagos, Abeokuta, Ibadan, Osogbo, Akure and Ado-Ekiti, respectively from 9 a.m.
It read: “All Yoruba people are urged to come out in their millions anywhere they are in Oduduwa land on Tuesday to show to the world that Amotekun has come to stay.
“We must show to the external forces and their internal collaborators, who want to stampede our resolve to protect ourselves, safeguard our land from kidnappers, armed-robbery and put an end to consistent destruction of our farm lands that enough is enough.
“Well-meaning Yoruba people and Leaders of Thought would be at designated venues to address the protest. We want to assure our governors that Yoruba people are behind them on Amotekun. We urge them not to shiver and they must never shiver. It is ‘No retreat, no surrender’. We will not surrender Amotekun.”
According to the statement, those in Lagos would converge at Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park, Ojota; Oyo, Opposite Agodi Cenotaph, Ibadan; Ogun, Pansheke Junction, Abeokuta; Osun, Nelson Mandela Freedom Park, Osogbo; Ondo, Alagbaka Roundabout, opposite First Bank, Akure, while those in Ekiti would converge at Fajuyi Round About, Ado-Ekiti.