EMERITUS Professor of History and Nigeria’s Second Republic member of the Senate, Banji Akintoye has recently, assured Yoruba People all over the world that “they shall soon get their freedom.”
Prof. Akintoye made this declaration on Tuesday in a Press Statement signed by Maxwell Adeleye Media and Communications Secretary, Ilana Omo Oduduwa; a Pan Yoruba Umbrella of “all Self-Determination Groups within and beyond the shores of Nigeria.”
Prof. Akintoye; elected as Alana of Ilana Omo Oduduwa, formerly known as the Yoruba World Congress (YWC), is the Worldwide Leader of the group with its International Secretariat in Lagos, the commercial headquarters of Nigeria and a National Secretariat in Ibadan, the Administrative Headquarters of Yoruba Nation.
On the freedom of the Yorubas, Prof. Akintoye said: “the Yoruba Journey to Redemption has started, and soonest, we are going to reach our cannan land without any bloodshed.”
He assured the Yoruba People all over the world that they shall soon get their freedom, citing the 1999 constitution of Nigeria and the amalgamation of 1914 of the Southern and Northern Nigeria as “an hijack of the assets and sovereignty of the people of the Middlebelt and Southern parts of the country.”
Akintoye said the national election of the organisation earlier scheduled to hold during this festive period in Ibadan was postponed due to the second wave of Covid-19 Pandemic currently rocking the nation.
He said some technical hitches currently being witnessed on the organisation’s website would be corrected to pave way for more membership registration ahead of the organisation’s Congress scheduled to hold once the war against Covid-19 Pandemic is won in the country.
Akintoye announced members of the Interim Executive Council of the Ilana Omo Oduduwa with the Pioneer Commissioner for Education in Osun State and former Director of Institute of African Studies at Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Wale Adeniran as the Interim National Chairman while a renowned Architect, Opeoluwa George Akinola was named Interim General Secretary.
Other positions and appointments include:
- Assistant Interim General Secretary: Kayode Akinwan; an Ondo State based University Don
- Secretary, Homeland Affairs: Basorun Kunle Adesokan; a former OPC Chief
- Interim National Treasurer: Otunba Folashade Olukoya; an Ijebu born NADECO veteran
- Secretary, Youth Empowerment Initiatives and Development: Dr. Akinsola Adejuwon; a former Director-General of the National Troops of Nigeria
- Interim Traditional Asset Secretary: Bunmi Abidogun; a Traditional Medicine Expert
- Secretary, Media and Communications: Maxwell Adeleye; An Ekiti born Public Relations and Development Communications Specialist
- Diaspora Coordinator: Sola Salako; a United Kingdom based Activist