Contrary to reviews making rounds within the media about Prof Banji Akintoye allegedly stepping down from his position because the chief of the Yorùbá Nation, the revered Yoruba statesman has debunked the reviews as mischievous.
He simplest stepped down from the position of chairman for Ilana Omo Oodua, one of the most important self-choice teams.
At a up to date digital assembly with seasoned reporters, Prof. Banji defined that, “what happened was very simple, which is to withdraw from the day to day involvement in the affairs of the large and prestigious organisation Ilana Omo Odudua, because involvement in that mighty organisation, is becoming disruptive, adding too much weight on my load in the general self-determination struggle and YSDM activities around the world, where everybody abroad believes the person they can call is Prof. Akintoye”.
He went on to provide an explanation for that, “so at the moment, on an excessively prime stage of the self-choice fight, I’m without end busy. Then, facet through facet with that, has been the truth that I’m additionally the chief of Ilana, founder of Ilana, the Alana and the consumer, which intended that no one in Ilana with any drawback has felt assured that their drawback will also be solved with out Prof. Akintoye being the individual in fee, that simply turned into an excessive amount of.
I’ve requested other folks to have a look at it for me, however what everyone stored announcing is that “You are the father of Ilana, nobody can do that for you, you are also on the higher level. You are the face that the world knows, and therefore, how do we do it without you?”
So in any case in a gathering of leaders from quite a lot of portions of the sector, which used to be held a couple of month in the past, it used to be made up our minds, if you wish to have this guy (Prof. Akintoye) to proceed with this paintings for a very long time to return, we need to relieve him of Ilana duties, and that used to be tune to my ears as a result of everyone mentioned sure, we now agree. I’ve written a letter to Ilana prior to now one week, announcing that I’m retreating my services and products within the common daily control of Ilana, however I’m nonetheless the consumer’.
‘A host of issues then took place, first is that many of us can not assume of Ilana with out me and a newspaper in Nigeria made up our minds to make mischief out of the location. I’m Banji Akintoye, I’ve an obligation to appreciate each Yoruba establishment and the Punch is one of our maximum prestigious establishments in Yoruba land so I will have to be very respectful to no matter I say about them however they performed a pity sport of consideration peddling through distorting the most obvious message at the letter that I wrote to Ilana Omo Odudua, announcing I’ve resigned from Yoruba self-choice fight. They are permitting themselves for use through other folks recognized to me, to deliberately put the flawed narratives available in the market.
Simply, the location is that this, I’m nonetheless father, patron and mentor to Ilana, however I’ve withdrawn private participation within the daily control and actions in Ilana, I’ve passed over to my deputy whom I imagine would do the activity’ he mentioned.
When requested, what he thinks of distinguished contributors within the senate and space of consultant no longer talking in favour of Yoruba country and what he thinks YSDM must do to switch this, he replied announcing, “it’s key to verify participation of the political elite in an important motion of their very own country, 80% to 90% of Yoruba persons are announcing we wish our personal country and those representing them within the nationwide meeting don’t seem to be collaborating in any respect, however we hope to look a transformation in Yoruba land, some contributors of the elite are starting to display up, we did the most important interior international relations motion, which is to let an in depth and standard country that’s not Yoruba to develop into knowledgeable. When other folks begin to pay attention about such issues, the danger is that the contributors of the elite will begin to come ahead to supply their services and products’.
He went on to mention “My full attention is now given to my higher calling at the YORÙBÁ SELF-DETERMINATION MOVEMENT (YSDM), as I am the chairman and I’m needed by all the member groups which Ilana also happens to be one of YSDM’s member groups”