Prof Banji Akintoye

The leader of the Ilana Omo Odua, a Yoruba self-determination group, Prof. Banji Akintoye, has said foreign terrorists have taken over the country and not just the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Akintoye, who painted a grim picture of the security situation, said Nigeria was already in serious danger.

Speaking at the Congress of the group held in Ibadan on Tuesday via telephone, Akintoye said the solution to the insecurity was for Yoruba people to get their own nation.

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He said this would be achieved before the end of December while assuring members of the group who gathered to elect the  interim leadership of the party that they were holding series of meeting to make sure this was achieved.

He said, “Our nation is in serious danger, there is insecurity in our land.  Foreign terrorists brought by the Fulani are all over our land but we shall drive them away.

“By the grace of God, we shall have our country before the end of December. I repeat, we shall have our nation before the end of December by the grace of God.”

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The Interim General Secretary, Ilana Omo Oodua, Chief Kunle Adelakun, popularly known as Eruobodo, said Nigeria was designed to fail and since the few oligarchs ruling the country refused to heed the call for restructuring, self-determination was the way out.

He said, “We, Yoruba people, are ‘progressively naughty by nature’ and we would not allow the Nigerian contraption and the fraudulently imposed 1999 Constitution destroy our God-given intellect, human capital resources and promising future which is at par compared with the developed nations of the world.

“Our great people whom I call compatriots in the struggle and journey to freedom; I want to state clearly to us today that our hope for liberation might be scuttled if you fail in your task and responsibility.

“We must endorse the truth and the yawning of the over 65 million people for a new ‘Republic’ – the Yoruba Nation that would serve as  ‘a hub of intellectual innovation and technological development’, which is destined to set a purposeful agenda and model for the rest of Africa.

“Let me say this to all – Nigeria is going nowhere, not because we don’t want it to grow or because we lack the intellectual capacity to make it work, but, it cannot work simply because Nigeria has been hooked to slave masters and the ruling class who are hell-bent to thwart democratic principles to favor their greed, ego and personal interests.”

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