Yoruba Ko’ya came into fruition in April 2018 as a wake-up call against the oppressive activities of herdsmen ravaging the nooks and crannies of Yoruba Land thereby eroding the right to security of lives and properties and peaceful co-existence of our people.
The organization has undergone the following advocacies in defence of Yoruba people.
This Is Yoruba Land
Erection of Billboards in all Boundary Towns in Yoruba Land with the inscription: Ile Yoruba Ni Yi/This Is Yoruba Land, Yoruba Demand for Restructuring Now. 46 bill boards erected across Yoruba Land with the above description. Some of the bill board in smaller size are erected in the following locations: EKITI: Otun, Omuo, Emure, Ikere and Efon Alaaye. ONDO: Owena, Oke Agbe-Akoko, Isua-Akoko, Ore, Iju-Itaogbolu and Oke-Igbo. OSUN: Ila Orangun, Ikire, Iwaraja-Ijesha, Ijebu-Ijesha, Ikirun and Iwo. LAGOS: Ikorodu, Ojodu-Berger, Ijaiye, Badagry and Epe. OYO: Kishi, Saki, Eyenkorin, Ogbomoso, Ibadan after toll-gate. OGUN: Ijebu-ode, Idiroko-Ota, Imefon, Ogere and Abeokuta. – April 2018
In a bid to sensitise people in South-West ‘Yoruba Koya’, recently held a peaceful protest aimed at telling the Yoruba race to demand for the restructuring of Nigeria’s political, economic and social structures for real development. The protest held simultaneously across all south-west states. – April 13th 2018
SIT OUT FOR RESTRCUTURING CRUSADE: It was held simultaneously for five days consecutively at the premises of the Houses of Assembly in the six south west states of Nigeria aimed at calling on the parliamentarians to unanimously speak in one voice in support of restructuring and a return of Nigeria to regionalism – April 2018.
No-holds-barred Conference on Food Security
The Yoruba KO’YA held a no-holds-barred conference on Food security in Atiba Hall, Oyo-Alaafin, Oyo state where various self determination groups such as hunters, vigilantes groups, farmers, market men and women, artisans, youth groups etc were invited to examine the causes of Herdsmen vs Farmers crisis in Yoruba Land;
Evaluate the capacity of local security forces like Vigilante, Hunters etc in Yoruba Land to checkmate the menace of Fulani Herdsmen in the area;
Plan for solutions to security challenges confronting the farmers in Yoruba Land;
Ascertain the level of awareness of Yoruba people on issues relating to food security in the zone and evaluate the effect of Fulani herdsmen and farmers crisis on food availability and security in south west regions.
The event was chaired by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III. – May 2nd 2018.
National Day of Protest
To protest the spate of insecurity across the South-West states, Yoruba Koya decalred Wednesday, June 12 2019 as National Day of Protest against the killings and kidnappings across Yoruba speaking states including Kogi and Kwara. The rally, tagged June 12 ‘Otoge’ rally, supported by a Yoruba Intelligentsia group, Voice of Reason (VOR) and 26 other socio-cultural and self-determination groups held simultaneously in all Yoruba speaking state capitals of Ondo, Oyo, Ekiti, Lagos, Osun, Ogun, Kogi, and Kwara States respectively. June 12 2019.
Substantial Funding of Amotekun Solidarity Walk held simultaneously across Yoruba Land on the platform of Yoruba World Congress (YWC) to protest against the declaration of the central government of Nigeria that the south west security network, “Operation Amotekun” is illegal – January 22nd 2020
Lecture Series: PATHWAY TO CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOM
....with SW Past Senators and members of YKLTF across the world as participants.
Lecture Series: PATHWAY TO CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOM
....with SW Fmr House of Assembly Speakers and members of the YKLTF across the world as participants.
A New Dawn
Started as a post-restructuring and militant group with the nomenclature – Yoruba Ko’ya Movement, the organization has been remodelled and rebranded to Yoruba Ko’ya Leadership and Training Foundation with chapters in the United States of America (USA) and United Kingdom (UK) duly registered. The organization also has branches in all the Yoruba speaking states of Lagos, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Kogi, Kwara, Ekiti and Ogun.
Lecture Series: EXCLUSIVE vs CONCURRENT LIST
....AS PANACEA FOR SW DEVELOPMENT GROWTH....with SW Fmr House of Assembly Speakers, and members of YKLTF across the globe as participants.
Retreat: RESTRUCTURING vs SELF DETERMINATION-WHICH WAY FORWARD?
May 6th & 7th 2021.
Retreat: RESTRUCTURING vs SELF DETERMINATION-WHICH WAY FORWARD? with members of YKLTF across the world while the following personalities gave speeches as Guests Speakers: (a) Prof Femi Otubanjo-Uni Don & Political Scientist. (b) Mr Femi Odedeyi-US based expert in Referendum. (c) Prof Banji Akintoye- International Yoruba Leader. (d) Dr Sunday Adelaja- Cleric and International Motivation Speaker. (e) Dr Sina Fagbenro Byron- Fmr Presidential Candidate. (f) Pa Ayo Adebanjo-Afenifere Leader.
The non-partisan pan-yoruba socio-cultural group, Yorùbá Ko’Ya, recently held her second retreat at Erunwon, Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State as well as virtual connection with those overseas. The retreat, held at the behest of yorùbá leaders because of the pressing issues challenging the existence of the yorùbá race and people in Nigeria. The meeting had in attendance, the bigwigs and sagacious dignitaries of Yorùbá land.
AFENIFERE, the pan yorùbá, socio-cultural group remains the umbrella body for all other Yoruba advocacy groups. Pa Ayo Adebanjo and Professor Banji Akintoye, the grand patrons amongst others, attended to cogent questions that demanded public attention.
In a press release by the foundation's acting Director of Media and Publicity, Demola Sanyaolu, the foundation made her intentions clear during the retreat. A copy of the press release is attached below.
PRESS RELEASE AT THE END OF THE 2nd RETREAT OF YORUBA KO’YA LEADERSHIP & TRAINING FOUNDATION, ON RESTRUCTURING Vs SELF-DETERMINATION – WHICH WAY FOR THE REFERENDUM?
The Board & Management of Yoruba Ko’ya Leadership and Training Foundation (YKLTF) held a 2-Day special retreat (physical & virtual) in Erunwon near Ijebu Ode, Ogun State on the 6th & 7th May, 2021, to deliberate on the pathway to Constitutional Freedom-via *Restructuring of Nigeria or Self-Determination.*
First day of the retreat, held at Chris Ogunbanjo Center Erunwon, had several dignitaries as guest speakers amongst whom are Senator Olu Adetunmbi (was unable to join via zoom but his earlier contribution on State of the Nation at the floor of the Senate Chambers was replayed for participants-to reinforce his position.), Professor Femi Otubanjo (Political Governance perspective from the academia & professional-in-politics.), Mr. Femi Odedeyi ( a US based Media Practitioner and Referendum expert.), Prof Banji Akintoye (Expert in Nigerian & International History and Leader of Ilana Odua and respected Professional-in-Politics.)
Speakers on the second day of the retreat include;
Pastor (Dr) Sunday Adelaja (Ukraine-based International motivational speaker & Cleric), Dr Sina Fagbenro-Byron (a Legal expert, International Development analyst, social & public critic and former Presidential Candidate in Nigeria.), Pa Ayo Adebanjo (Highly revered, experienced Lawyer, Professional-in-Politics and Afenifere Leader). Pa Ayo Adebanjo did justice to comments on grey areas from participants for about two hours on Q & A.
The conclusions at the retreat are as follows: 1. Restructuring could be the least traumatic and non-violent way to bring peace and progress to Nigeria but it must be preceded by drafting a new constitution agreed to by the various indigenous nationalities of the country.
2. Self-Determination would be a most satisfactory outcome for the progress and development of the 'Yoruba nation', but it is certain to be resisted, perhaps even violently, by the government in power, presently holding Nigeria hostage without any idea of how to bring it out of its multifaceted crises.
3. To achieve either Restructuring or Self-Determination, the Yoruba nation and its citizen need to make haste slowly, reconstruct, recalibrate, recreate and institutionalize its time-tested Omoluabi virtues, values and principles which undergirded the philosophy, politics and successful governance of the avatar, Oduduwa and subsequently, Chief Obafemi Awolowo.
4. All Yoruba groups should collaborate to maintain, expand and increase all ongoing peaceful, non-violent advocacy and public enlightenment engagements such as rallies, seminars, conferences, workshop/training and retreats to enlighten and mobilize the masses of Yoruba people in both urban and rural locations so that at the appropriate time they can make a free and informed choice of either 'Restructuring or Self-Determination'.
5. All Yoruba groups should resolutely avoid violence and security breaches in their engagements with the Police and other Security agencies knowing full well that peaceful protest is what repressive regimes fear most and that they would seek to provoke violence so that they can clamp down on voices of change.
6. A 'Referendum' is deemed necessary to determine which of *Restructuring or Self-Determination* is the choice of the Yoruba people, however this can only be undertaken when sufficient enlightenment and advocacy has taken place and a critical mass of the Yoruba population are better informed about the issues and enfranchised to participate in a plebiscite. For such a Referendum to be valid, legitimate and acceptable both within Nigeria and internationally, it is best to be jointly organized by or with the support of a legitimate authority such as the elected State governments and representatives of Yoruba people at the State & National Assembly or as the situation might determine, by an international entity such as the United Nations
Towards this end, Yoruba citizens are to lobby and put pressure on their governments and representatives to prioritize actions towards the termination of the 1999 Constitution and empower the Yoruba people with the right of Plebiscite by reinstating our right to a Referendum which is the universally accepted indicator for a free people to choose their destiny and organizing same as soon as the time is appropriate.
7. In the meantime, Yoruba groups are to avoid go-it-alone polls and surveys which may prove inconclusive, none inclusive or unacceptable to the generality of the Yoruba nation.
8. That Yoruba' groups must do all in their power to maintain peace and cohesion amongst within and between each other as a first step to addressing the immediate security threats that we currently face and for all leaders and groups to develop and/or strengthen all crisis management and early warning systems, and put our people on alert and to be our brothers and sisters keeper.
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