A Yoruba socio-cultural group, Oduduwa United People Association (ODUPA) has opted out of a rally tagged: “O to ge” organised by Yoruba Koya Movement and scheduled to hold today across the South West geo-political zone of the country.
In a statement signed by its founder, Olawale Taofeek Jimoh and made available to newsmen on Tuesday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, ODUFA said the rally is ill-timed.
The group, which lamented that the organisers of the rally failed to furnish it with adequate information and objective of the protest, wondered the choice of June 12, a to celebrate democracy day in the country as the date for the rally.
“June 12 is not the best day to protest or agitate for any issue that affects Yoruba race due to holistic nature of the June 12, which is a epochal event. Besides, ODUPA cannot partner with any individual or group without adequate information of thr main objectives of any protest rally.
“Notably well, June 12 is a reality of Nigerians but to make it only Yoruba affairs will not just downgrade the democratic value attached to it, but it will also relegate its national significance.
“As far as ODUFA is concerned, Yoruba nation is bigger than any individual or group and we are of the opinion that such project cannot be effectively carried out without wider consultation across board, most importantly our Obas who are main custodians of culture among other major stakeholders whereby suggestions and unanimous accord will be jointly reached, but unfortunately reverse is the case”.
”The proposed rally scheduled for June 12, will downgrade the democratic value attached to the date and also relegate its national significance value” ODUFA stated.