Yoruba youths have marked the 20th Yoruba National Day anniversary with a focus on ensuring credible elections in the country.

They charged stakeholders to ensure the Anambra 2021, Osun and Ekiti 2022 polls become models for the 2023 general election.

The group, under the Agbarijo Egbe Odo Yoruba (Grand Council of Yoruba Youths), celebrated the event, as well as the 135th anniversary of the end of the Kiriji War, last Thursday in Lagos.

The Kiriji War, also known as the Ekiti-Parapo War, was a 16-year-long civil war between the Yoruba people, specifically divided between the Western Yoruba, which was mainly Ibadan and Ijebu people and the Eastern Yoruba, who were the Ekiti people and the Ijesha.

It occurred between July 30, 1877- March 14, 1893.

The Grand Council of Yoruba Youths comprising the credible members of the Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Non – Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Community Based Organisations (CBOs), National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), and National Association of Nigeria Students (NANS), attended the event.

The organisers bestowed awards on participants including the father of the day and Chairman, Governor’s Advisory Council, Lagos State, Tajudeen Olusi; and a former NANS President, Mr Segun Mayegun.

Other ‘Odu’a awards’ will be presented to other awardees who could not make the event.

Mayegun represented Minister of Interior and the immediate past Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.

The event also featured the cutting of the Asiwaju @ 69 cake, designed in the form of Eyo Masquerade Hat, to mark the birthday of All Progressives Congress (APC) National Leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu.