NAWOJ enlists Makinde into advocacy for Yoruba radio

NAWOJ enlists Makinde into advocacy for Yoruba radio

The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has enlisted Oyo State governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde into the advocacy for the establishment of a Yoruba radio station. It assured that the initiative would enable farmers and hunters to share information about any strange movement in their forests. The request was contained in a letter submitted to


The Nigeria Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ) has enlisted Oyo State governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde into the advocacy for the establishment of a Yoruba radio station.

It assured that the initiative would enable farmers and hunters to share information about any strange movement in their forests.

The request was contained in a letter submitted to the State governor to address concerns about the security of the South-West zone, with a call on the governor to liaise with other State governors in the zone.

OYO STATE GOVERNOR, SEYI MAKINDE

The letter dated June 13, 2019,   entitled: “Security in the South-West: A call to our fathers,” and was signed by the chairperson, Committee on walk for a safer environment, Dr Tayo Lewis.

The group also asked for the empowerment of the Yoruba nation to bear arms to defend themselves against invaders in their land.

The NAWOJ members undertook a walk on Thursday in Ibadan, the Oyo State Capital, to call for an end to kidnap in the zone.

The exercise was tagged ‘#Stop the kidnapping walk.’

MEMBERS OF NIGERIA ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN JOURNALISTS (NAWOJ), OYO STATE CHAPTER AND MEMBERS OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS DURING THE WALKS FOR #STOP THE KIDNAPPING NOW, IN IBADAN, OYO STATE CAPITAL, ON THURSDAY. PHOTO: YEMI FUNSO-OKE

The same exercise was observed by all state chapters of the association in the South-West zone, on Thursday.

The association, in its letter, made a five-point demand, which includes the creation of a Yoruba radio to update farmers on the events within the farmlands in the zone.

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“We demand the setting up of a Yoruba radio where farmers and hunters could share information about any strange movement in our God-given forests, which have served as foilage and food to generations of the Yoruba nation,” the letter read.

They also demanded that the Yoruba nation be empowered “to bear arms to defend ourselves against  invaders”.

Other demands include “The joining of hands across parties and religions to battle the marauders,” with trees and bushes on highways in the zone cleared back by at least 50 kilometres.

They also demanded  that the governors “convene a meeting of elders of our lands to chart the way forward”.

“We have observed that for some time, prior to your coming into office, insecurity has pervaded the whole nation.

“We find it scary that the Yoruba nation is currently under siege by these foreigners who have no taint of humanity”.

“Our men can no longer go to their farms and the tarred roads had become death traps from where, like chickens in a cage, humans are ferried at gun points into the forest to be maltreated and traded for millions of Nigerian by these heartless beings,” the letter said.

There are concerns that as laudable as the initiative, but when the licence is approved, it may set a pace for ethnic champions in other regions of the Country to take a similar shot.

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