Prof. Banji Akintoye, the leader of Yoruba Nation Self-Determination Struggle has stated that the presidential candidate of All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, threatened to destroy the Ilana Omo Oodua movement.
As reported by PUNCH, Akintoye said this on Monday, 31 October, while also disclaiming a false statement of him authorizing a meeting of the apex body of the Yoruba Nation Self-Determination Struggle that will be held on Tuesday, 1 November.
It was gathered that the statement was issued by one Funmi Soyemi, the outgoing chairman of Ilana Interim Management Committee.
Reacting to the false statement, Akintoye said;
“I am sending out this short message to all Yoruba People worldwide that I did not authorize any meeting of Ilana Omo Oodua to be held tomorrow at Ibadan, Oyo-State. Those behind the gathering are few people working for Nigerian politicians who are determined to discredit our noble struggle.”
“I hereby dissociate myself from such a gathering and I want the whole world to know the meeting is illegal, unauthorized and unknown to Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide thus whatever resolutions reached at the meeting are null and void.”
“The characters behind the rumored meeting are individuals who are more interested in holding offices and positions within the self-determination struggle than fighting to restore the stolen sovereignty of our people.”
“More also, Bola Tinubu has threatened to destroy Ilana Omo Oodua and other serious self-determination organizations in Yoruba Land because we told him that he is merely after his personal interest and not the interest of the Yoruba people.”
“Therefore, I urge you all to ignore all his agents within our system and be more focused on our struggle for freedom and liberation.”