By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Worldwide Leader of the umbrella Body of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, Ilana Omo Odua, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye on Sunday vowed that the Nigerian State or anyone cannot stop the struggle for the actualisation of Yoruba Nation .
Professor Akintoye stated this in a statement to commend a Yoruba Self-Determination Movement, YorubaNiMi Omo kootu-ojire and its Founder, Iyalode Titilayo Ajoke Ojeleye, on the success of the peaceful rally in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital to drum-up support for the actualisation of the Yoruba Nation.
The Ilana Omo Oodua leader in thestatement made available to newsmen through the Media and Communications Secretary of Ilana Omo Oodua, Maxwell Adeleye, noted that the struggle for the actualisation of Yoruba Nation has gone beyond what the Nigerian State or anyone can stop.
“No One Can Stop an Idea Whose Time Has Come. All our affiliated groups are advised to now start organising rallies and road shows in all states in Yorubaland every weekend to educate our people on the danger associated with the continuous stay of the Yoruba people in Nigeria”, he said.
Professor Akintoye added, ” let me now say very expressly that it is about the rallies that the Yoruba people must hold round and round our Yoruba homeland from now on to promote our self determination struggle”
” However, let me warn that all our people should note that each rally must be conscientiously peaceful, lawful and orderly. Going further, our policy is to encourage each locality of Yorubaland to organise its own rally, with Ilana Omo Oodua giving them encouragement and support.”
He stressed further, ” I want to advise the Nigerian State that the Yoruba self-determination struggle under my leadership shall continue to be peaceful and orderly. Therefore, threatening us, or attempting to subjugate our rights to self-determination and peaceful assembly are cowardly.”
“We are marching on gargantuanly, and like valiant soldiers without a dint of fear. I make bold to put it to the Nigerian State that no one can stop an idea whose time has come”, the statement, concluded.Akintoye advised all Yoruba Self-Determination Groups under the co-ordination of Ilana Omo Oodua across the Yoruba speaking states to emulate the Yoruba Ni Mi Omo kootu-ojire group who planned and majorly funded the Abeokuta rally,”
He then congratulated “the Yoruba people, especially, the membership and leadership of Yoruba Ni Mi Omo kootu-ojire led by Iyalode Titilayo Ajoke Ojeleye for their patriotic display in Abeokuta, Ogun State in defiance of the Nigerian State Agents who attempted to foil the mass action.