By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Yoruba leader, Professor Banji Akintoye on Thursday said the Yorubarace will force out from its land any foreigner with the intent to “kill, to maim and to destroy “
Professor Akintoye handed down the warning in Ibadan while speaking at a meeting with no fewer than 36 self determination groups from within the Southwest states to harmonise their thoughts on the way forward for the region, particularly on the security and economic challenges facing the region.
Speaking at the meeting tagged Yoruba World Congress (introductory conference) facilitated by him, the new Yoruba leader to introduce his forum to the groups in attendance ,Professor Akintoye emphasized that Yoruba people will “continue to honour our tradition of hospitality to foreigners in our land, “
“We are gathered to send a clear message to the Yoruba people and to the other peoples of Nigeria that we Yoruba people are a great ancient civilization, the most educated people in Africa, and a people with widespread and enormous influence in the world. We are sending notice to those who harbor dangerous and destructive ideas of conquering and subduing other peoples of Nigeria that our Yoruba nation is far beyond their capabilities to subdue” he said
Professor Akintoye added, ” while we will continue to honour our tradition of hospitality to foreigners in our land, we will not hold back any effort to force out from our land any foreigners who come with the intent to hurt, to kill, to maim and to destroy.”
“We do not harbour any ambition to subdue any people or to seize any part of their land, and we will make it absolutely clear to the world that nobody can seize any inch of our land.
We also serve notice that we have arisen now to resist and reverse the trend toward retrogression in the life of our nation in Nigeria. We will mount a multifaceted operation to stop our language from continuing to decline. We will mount powerful operations and campaigns to revive our agriculture, and to revive our industrial development that has been deliberately stopped in Nigeria.”
On the reason for the meeting , Professor Akintoye disclosed that it was to introduce his organisation to the various self determination and social cultural groups in Yorubaland and to harmonise thoughts on how to defend and promote the interest of the Yoruba nation in the context of Nigeria.
“In today’s conference, we the founders and members of the Yoruba World Congress have assembled first to introduce and to highlight our Yoruba World Congress.”
Emphasizing that since the independence of Nigeria in 1960 various and numerous groups have emerged in Yorubaland in response to the arrest the decline in the nation which still leave more to be desired, he said in 2006 he founded the Oodua Foundation as a think tank organisation of Yoruba intellectuals from all over the world studying the impact of Nigeria on the Yoruba nation.
“In today’s conference, we the founders and members of the Yoruba World Congress have assembled first to introduce and to highlight our Yoruba World Congress.
The meeting was attended by factional leaders and members of the Oodua Peoples Congress, the Agbekoya’s, Yoruba Liberation Movement, The Yoruba Afenifere Youth Council, among others.