Chief Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, the leader of the Yoruba Nation movement, has restated his determination to achieve an autonomous Yoruba nation, regardless of the presence of a Yoruba president.
In an interview with The PUNCH, Igboho emphasized that his Ilana Omo Oodua group had been advocating for self-determination long before President Bola Tinubu’s tenure.
“We haven’t dropped the agitation for the Yoruba nation despite the emergence of President Bola Tinubu. We have been on this agitation long even before Tinubu clinched the presidential ticket of his political party, the All Progressives Congress.
“Our agitation is not predicated on the election of a Yoruba man as the President of the country. Tinubu is a Yoruba man and his becoming the President can’t stop us from the struggle for the realisation of the Yoruba nation,” he said.
Igboho emphasized that although their activities have become less prominent in recent times, his group continues to actively advance their cause.
He also mentioned that the United Nations regularly receives updates on the progress they are making.
“You may think that you haven’t heard from us or seen much of us recently, we are still on the project and the United Nations is aware of our activities. We have submitted correspondence and letters keeping the world body abreast of our progression in the struggle for Yoruba,” he noted.
He further disregarded critics who raised doubts about his leadership or influence within the new Tinubu administration.
Igboho addressed allegations that he lacked the credibility to lead the self-determination movement.
“Nobody is exclusively vested with the power in this struggle. We have leaders like Prof. Akintoye, but my critics cannot determine the requirements for leading this peaceful, legitimate campaign,” he declared.