To commemorate The End of the Kiriji War, Group Appeals for Unity in Yorùbáland in Ibadan

Yorùbá sons and daughters in their thousands assembled in Ibadan at the weekend to commemorate this year Yorùbá National Day which marked the end of Kiriji War in 1886.

The Yorùbá National Day 2023, Themed: “Peace and Unity in Yorùbáland,” was held at the Ile-Ibadan, Oke Aremo, Ibadan.

Addressing newsmen at the event, the convener and leader of Idande Yorùbá socio-cultura group, Architect Opeoluwa Akinola, said that the vision and objectives of every Pan-Yorùbá Groups, though in different dimension and approaches, is to bring unity, not disaffection among the race.

Architect Akinola, urged people not to be concerned about skirmishes among some Yorùbá but rather concentrate on unity of the Yorùbá and how to actualise the dream of the Yorùbá Nation.

Also speaking, commandant, Idande Èkìtì branch, Emmanuel Apata, was optimistic that coming together of Yorùbá will bring progress that could be extended to Nigeria at large.

However, a Yorùbá Elder, Moshod Tomori, who graced the event, emphasised that Yorùbá people needed to remove the prejudice created by early educationists and missionaries to actualize deserved unity.

Contributing, an Artist, Tunde Adelade, urged Yoruba people to learn to work together in resonance with other ethnic groups for the progress and co-existence of the country.

September 23 of every year has been regarded as Yorùbá National Day which marked the end of Kiriji War in 1886, a 16-year-long civil war between the subethnic kingdoms of the Yorùbá people.