UNPO admits O’odua, Biafra nations Friday
By Abeek Salami
The General Assembly of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation UNPO) will on Friday admit Yoruba and Biafra nations as new members.
The Yoruba will be admitted as the 45th member of the UNPO.
A statement issued by the Yoruba World Congress, (YWC) stated that event earlier scheduled to hold at Washington, District of Colombia, USA, early in the year, could not take place because of then COVID 19 pandemic.
The statement noted that the event will now hold virtually.
“The event will be streamed live via the UNPO Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/UNPOintl/” said the YWC.
Leader of the Yoruba World Congress, (YWC) Prof Banji Akintoye is expected to address the UNPO on that day for about 15 minutes.
On that Friday, four other nations scheduled for admission are Catalonia, Guam, Zambesi River Races and Biafra.
UNPO is an international membership organization established to facilitate the voices of unrepresented and marginalised nations and peoples worldwide. It was formed on 11 February 199 in The Hague, Netherlands. Its members consist of indigenous peoples, minorities, and unrecognised or occupied territories. UNPO works to develop the understanding of and respect for the right to self-determination, provides advice and support related to questions of international recognition and political autonomy, trains groups on how to advocate for their causes effectively, and directly advocates for an international response to human rights violations perpetrated against UNPO member groups. Some former members, such as Armenia, East Timor, Estonia, Latvia, Georgia and Palau, have gained full independence and joined the United Nations (UN).