*says Nigeria is declining
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The new Yoruba leader, Professor Banji Akintoye on Tuesday hinted that his mission is to ensure that the Yoruba race regain its pride of place in Nigeria
Professor Akintoye dropped this hint while speaking during a courtesy visit to the Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Saliu Adetunji at his Popoyemoja palace in Ibadan .
According to the Yoruba leader, it is glaring that Nigeria as a country is declining because of the way its been governed over the year and that there is the need time for the Yoruba speaking people across the country to without wasting time stand up for their rights and uphold what rightly belongs to them.
“Nigeria is declining because of the way Nigeria is structured and because of the way Nigeria is governed. Even if we cannot change that, we can change our own destiny in Nigeria, that’s my agenda”, he said.
The Yoruba leader added, “I want to cry to the Yoruba people, first do not be scared by the people who says they are coming to conquer, kill and destroy among you. Stand up, you are great people, stand up and defend your land. There is nothing more than that.”
“My agenda for the Yoruba race is simple, we are a strong nation and we have accumulated a great deal of strength in human power and in a whole lot of other things. It is not right that we should be declining with Nigeria.”
Speaking further, Professor Akintoye emphasized that the Yoruba people should always give due respect to their traditional rulers, saying, “continue to honour our tradition of hospitality and inclusion of foreigners among us, continue to do that. But if any foreigner comes and want to come and distrupt our land, or to come and kill, maim and destroy among us, tell them they cannot succeed. That is the first thing.”
“The second thing is that, there are many things we can change if we would pay attention to them. I want to call on the Yoruba people now and point out the things that we can do, so that we can change and change our destiny. A nation like Yoruba should not be producing millions of children from universities and other high institutions of learning who have no jobs, who have no prospects, who have no hope, we can change that and we must change that, there is hope.”
He stressed further , “there are examples of countries where it had been done, we can do it too in Yoruba land in very many ways. Yoruba nation, you’re a great nation, defend your land. Yoruba nation you are a great nation, you are a pacesetter at an important time in the history of Nigeria, Africa, return to your position as pacesetter.”
“I want to be able to enter every Yoruba man’s house, enter every office of a Yoruba governor. We’re not politicians, no partisanship whatever. We’re ready to change our lives and have a new order. Kabiyesi, I want to tell you that I am concerned about Yoruba, I still love Nigeria but I am of the opinion that we can change our Yoruba nation in Nigeria within the armpit of law. There are examples of countries where it had been done, we can do it too in Yoruba land in very many ways.”
Receiving the new Yoruba leader, Professor Banji Akintoye, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji commended him for his resolve and acceptance to work for the progress of the Yoruba race.assuring that his doors are open to him for consultation at any point on short notice”