Akintoye distances Ilana Omo Oodua from attack on military base in Ado/Odo-Ota
Leader of the apex body of the Yoruba nation self-determination struggle, Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, Prof. Banji Akintoye, has condemned the attack on a military base at Ado/Odo-Ota in Ogun State by some people who claimed to be demanding for the creation of Yoruba nation.
In a statement by the General Secretary of the group, Dr. Olatunde Amusat, yesterday, Akintoye said those who attacked the military base were unknown to the leadership of the organisation.
The body also said that it was never consulted or involved in the planning and execution of the rally.
It said that the violent attack on military vehicles and personnel, which he said, was against the modicum of operation of Ilana Omo Oodua and Yoruba Nation self-determination agitators, was sponsored by some reactionary elements to tarnish the image of the movement.
The statement reads: “It has come to our notice the violent conduct of some people that claimed to be Yoruba nation agitators, who attacked the vehicle and personnel of the Nigerian military during their protest on Friday at Ado/Odo Ota, Ogun-State.
“We want to condemn the action of the attackers and dissociate ourselves from their action. Ilana Omo Oodua stands for peaceful agitation and violence has never been part of our history.
“We also want to state that those who perpetrated the attack are neither our members nor affiliates and Ilana Omo Oodua was never consulted before the rally. We were also not part of the planning and execution.
“Lastly, we call on the security agencies to be unbiased in their investigation. We are of the opinion that the attackers must have been sponsored by some reactionary elements to tarnish the image of the Yoruba movement for self-determination. Those attackers we saw on the trending video are unknown to us.”