By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The President-General of Yoruba World Congress (YWC), Professor Banji Akintoye has advised those agitating for Oduduwa Republic to follow the path of peace.
Professor Akintoye who gave the charge on Sunday in a statement pointed out that Nigerians, including Yoruba people, have the constitutional rights to demand to cease to be part of the country.
The YWC President General maintained that in view of this, there is the need for the Yoruba people to steer clear of resolving into violent means to secure independence from the country.
“I have said in meetings, messages and other interviews that our youths should be peaceful and law abiding in all their actions. I have never said anything about October 1st other than that if anybody insist on rallies in Nigeria on October 1st, they should observe uttermost peace and respect for the law.” he said.
Professor Akintoye stressed that they “must not regard law enforcement agents as enemies; that if the police order them to disperse, they should do so and never argue with the police.”
He however, debunked a statement purportedly credited to him that President Muhammadu Buhari, could be the last President of Nigeria, saying, some words he did not use were exported into the interview by some persons he said wanted to discredit him, saying, those who were close to him knew that he stood only for peaceful negotiations out of Nigeria’s present situation.
“There are suggestions that some persons who are bent on discrediting me in order to destroy the YWC and stop the Yoruba aspirations are behind these distortions, but I will review contacts with some media outlets to unmask these cowards”.