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Ilana Omo Oodua slams FG over ‘ill-fated attempt’ to discredit Prof. Akintoye

By Guardian Nigeria
19 November 2021   |   5:03 pm
The apex leadership of the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, has passed an vote of confidence on its Leader, Professor Banji Akintoye. In a statement signed by its expanded executive members, Ilana Omo Oodua said the group was formed in August 2020 mainly by Professor Banji Akintoye and some of…

The apex leadership of the umbrella body of Yoruba self-determination groups, Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, has passed an vote of confidence on its Leader, Professor Banji Akintoye.

In a statement signed by its expanded executive members, Ilana Omo Oodua said the group was formed in August 2020 mainly by Professor Banji Akintoye and some of “his ideological children” to promote the peaceful agitation for the actualisation of Yoruba Nation.

The vice chairman of the group Shade Olukoya Thursday accused Prof Akintoye of financial impropriety and politicisation of the group’s activities.

But the group insisted that “those who are currently rocking the boat  came to join the movement after its take off and were accepted in order to have a large support base for the Yoruba Self-Determination struggle.”

Mocking the Nigerian Government on the failed attempt to kill the agitation for Yoruba Nation, Ilana Omo Oodua said “the ill-fated attempt to dismantle the Akintoye led leadership yesterday Thursday 18th November, 2021 by the agents of the Nigerian Government” is the beginning of another era for the Yoruba redemption agenda.

“We, the apex leadership of Ilana Omo Oodua (IOO), wish to inform the Yoruba people within and beyond the horizon of Yoruba Land that our leader, Professor Banji Akintoye, is leading us well, thus, we pass a Vote of Confidence his leadership,” the group said in the statement.

“We also want to use this opportunity to inform the Nigerian Government that her agents within our rank have failed on the errands they were sent. The Yoruba people have resolved to stand by their leader and the struggle. It is no retreat, no surrender.

“To God be the glory, we are pleased to say that light has triumphed over darkness in our struggle. The beginning of a new era has started. We are now reinventing, retooling and re-invigorating our movement for the emancipation of the Yoruba people.

“Once again, we the expanded executive members of Ilana Omo Oodua all over the world declare our unflinching support for our leader and father, Professor Banji Akintoye. We want to assure the Yoruba people that we are solidly behind Akintoye at all time.”

“For the sake of history and posterity, we unanimously reject and condemn the actions of our elsewhere Deputy Chairman, Otunba Folasade Olukoya and three others who staged a failed coup within our struggle yesterday on behalf of the Nigerian Government. Otunba Folasade Olukoya merely entertained her Pay Masters. Therefore, her opinion does NOT represent the opinion of members of ILANA OMO OODUA WORLDWIDE.

“Lastly, we recognize the importance of Oloye Sunday Adeyemo Igboho and his roles in the Yoruba SELF-DETERMINATION MOVEMENT, and we restate our solidarity with him.”