- Prof Banji Akintoye has cancelled his birthday celebration in honour of detained Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Igboho
- Akintoye urged the Yoruba people, who believe in the actualisation of Yoruba Nation, to keep hope alive
- According to him, Yoruba Nation is an idea whose time has come and as such, the struggle must continue
On the occasion of his 87th birthday, Prof. Banji Akintoye, leader of Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, has announced that there will not be any fanfare to mark the day.
The renowned historian and second republic member of the Nigerian Senate disclosed this in a statement signed by Maxwell Adeleye, Communication Secretary of Ilana Oodua.
According to him, the birthday celebration was cancelled to honour Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Igboho.
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Meanwhile, he urged the Yoruba people, who believe in the actualisation of Yoruba Nation, to keep hope alive, stating that Yoruba Nation is an idea whose time has come.
“Today, I clock 87. I thank God for this unusual grace and favour from God. I am grateful to God for the strength, energy and good health that I am enjoying.
“My message to the Yoruba people worldwide who are passionate for the country of their own is not to lose hope. I am more than convinced that we are on our way to freedom. Our agitation is an idea whose time has come.
“We shall keep the struggle alive, and beyond the manipulation of the Nigerian government. We won’t allow the Nigerian Government to criminalise our struggle. The Yoruba people worldwide are urged never to be deterred.
“Many Yoruba patriots worldwide planned to celebrate my birthday but I pleaded with them not to do so in honour of my son and one of the heroes of our struggle, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, fondly called Sunday Ighoho, by all of us. I cannot be celebrating a birthday when Ighoho is in detention.”
Group Gives Insight On Who Speaks For Igboho, His Lawyer, Others
A lawyer to popular Yoruba Nation agitator has been condemned for his remarks on Sunday Igboho in his new year message.
Olajengbesi's remarks on Igboho and the agitation for the Yoruba nation in the new year was condemned by the Ilana Omo Odua group.
The group said Olajengbesi does not speak for Igboho or in favour of the agitation for the Yoruba nation.
FG Finally Identifies Sunday Igboho’s Sponsors
AGF Abubakar Malami said investigations revealed that Igboho was being mainly financed by a member of the National Assembly.
The AGF added that the investigations also found some transactions between Igboho's company and a company that is being investigated for terrorism financing.