Elders, leaders deny crisis in YWC
• Pass vote of confidence on Akintoye, reject Water, CAMA Bills
Elders and leaders of the various groups under the aegis of Yoruba World Congress (YWC), yesterday, re-affirmed their unalloyed confidence in the leadership of Prof. Banji Akintoye amid suspected leadership issues rocking the Yoruba group.
This is as the YWC also said it rejected, in its entirety, the Water Resources Bill, as well as the Companies and Allied Matters Act (CAMA) 2020 Bill, both at the National Assembly.
Addressing a press conference on the state of affairs of the YWC and commemoration of the first anniversary since the election of Akintoye as the leader of the congress, the leaders pointed out that while the Water Resources Bill represents a background manoeuvre to bring back RUGA and further appropriate more of the resources of Yorubaland, it said the CAMA would not stand because it puts the control of one religious group under another.
The leaders, led by Dr. Tunde Amusat, while justifying the reason for the open declaration of support to the Akintoye-led leadership of YWC, said that since taking over the leadership of the Yoruba nation, more than a hundred organisations both in Nigeria and in Diaspora have been admitted.
According to Amusat, who was flanked by other leaders, there is no crisis within the YWC as the group is not in contention with anyone or group but that it only had a family issue, which is being resolved within the clan.
“While celebrating the one year anniversary of YWC, we also want to re-affirm our unalloyed confidence in the leadership of Prof. Banji Akintoye,” he said.
We wish to salute his uncommon courage and uncompromising doggedness in translating the Yoruba Redemption agenda and vision into action within the context of the finest Omoluabi ethos and traditions.
“We appreciate the efforts of Prof. Banji Akintoye and other leaders in this respect. The protection of lives and property of the Yoruba and other ethnic nationalities domiciled in the South-West geopolitical zone is of paramount importance to YWC leadership.
“We commend the courage exhibited by our governors in the establishment of Amotekun even in the midst of hostility and intimidation by the powers that be.
“The Water Bill at the National Assembly represents a background manoeuvre to bring back RUGA and further appropriate more of the resources of Yorubaland. It, therefore, stands totally rejected by the YWC. In equal effect, the CAMA Bill cannot stand because it puts the control of one religious group under another. It represents the ruthless deployment of power by the Muslim North to further continue the Islamisation and Fulanisation of Nigeria.
“There is no crisis within the YWC. We are not in contention with anyone or group. This is a family issue, which is being resolved within the clan.
“We remain unequivocally committed to the ideals of the Yoruba World Congress (YWC) as eloquently expressed by Prof. Banji Akintoye, which are to liberate the Yoruba race from the oppression and persecution,” he said.