Yoruba historian and leader of Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide, Prof Banji Akintoye, has said there won’t be any governorship election in any part of Yoruba land in 2022.
This was contained in a statement issued on Friday by Maxwell Adeyemi, the spokesperson for the Ilana Omo Oodua group.
Prof Banji Akintoye
His statement comes even as the Independent National Electoral Commission is set to hold governorship elections in the two South-West states of Ekiti and Osun in 2022.
The second term of Governor Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) and the first tenure of Governor Gboyega Oyetola (Osun) will be ending in 2022.
Akintoye said the next elections Yorubas would participate in, would be in their own country after having achieved their nation from the self-determination struggles.
He also noted that popular Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo (Igboho) would soon be out of detention.
Akintoye had said, “With great gratitude to God, I Banji Akintoye, bring this message to all my Yoruba people at home in the Yoruba homeland and all Yoruba people in the Diaspora in almost all countries of the world. In particular, I congratulate all of us who have in one way or another contributed to the Yoruba struggle for self-determination. I thank and congratulate all Yoruba self-determination organisations and agitators.
“In the struggle for Yoruba self-determination, God has granted us a great deal of success towards the attainment of our Yoruba Nation State. Most of our self-determination organisations have grown stronger and more focused and the result is that the Yoruba self-determination struggle has become unassailable.
“The uninformed may be tempted to see only the divisions between and among our self determination organisations. But the truly perceptive will see that all these apparent divisions are a product of the eagerness of our young people to have a Yoruba country of their own.
“For our youths, the struggle has started and there is no looking back. Our Yoruba people will do whatever it takes to obtain our Yoruba nation’s sovereignty and our own country in the world.
“The positive achievements of the self-determination struggle are visible in very many directions. For instance, one of our organizations, Ilana Omo Oduduwa has achieved a worldwide structure and image and some more of our other organisations are following suit.
“From the activities of these organisations, great things are happening. In the past few days, Ilana Omo Oduduwa launched a truly revolutionary invention with the name Pajawiri. Pajawiri is already spreading out like wild fire all over Yorubaland. When it is fully spread out and perfected, it will offer protection to every Yoruba man, woman and child at any time in any place.
“We Yoruba humbly and painfully acknowledge that we have a serious security challenge. Another Nigerian ethnic nationality, the Fulani, have for six years now been busy threatening and trying to seize our Yoruba homeland from us by force.
“They have come killing our people, destroying our farmers’ farms, villages and farmsteads, raping women and kidnapping people for ransom. They have forced many of our farmers to abandon farming altogether, and they are striving to plunge us into famine and uttermost poverty.
“They started coming by themselves as cattle herders and militias, armed with sophisticated weapons, but in more recent times, they have been coming increasingly with hired terrorists from the homelands of terrorism in distant parts of the world.
“The Fulani cannot but know who we the Yoruba people are, and they know that we are the largest, strongest and most educated nationality on the African continent. They know that we are a giant nation that chooses to be humane and gentle. Yet, they have recklessly plunged themselves into this assault on our homeland.
“Happily and proudly, we have been responding to their assault, and our responding is getting stronger and more sophisticated. Pajawiri is the latest addition to our mechanisms of response; and bigger and better ones will soon follow. So I congratulate our youths in all parts of Yorubaland for mounting increasingly stronger responses to the Fulani invasion.
“One thing is certain, we shall not lose even a square inch of our territory to the Fulani Invasion. Meanwhile, in addition, we shall achieve our self-determination and sovereignty, and then we will not have any Fulani threats or attacks to contend with anymore.
“First, our dear son, Sunday Adeyemo, will soon be blessed with liberation from detention. Secondly, the Yoruba people will soon be blessed with their Yoruba Nation State, the greatest desire of their hearts. Thirdly, their new Yoruba country will quickly blossom into a marvellous country of peace, love and exceptional prosperity.
”Before closing this message, I need to touch on some more issues. The first is that among most Yoruba self-determination advocates worldwide, the determination exists and is growing that there shall be no State Governorship and House of Assembly election in our homeland in 2022. The next election that we Yoruba people will engage in will be the first election in our own new country.
“The second issue is that the Yoruba self determination struggle will employ the powers of the law more emphatically to resist the abuses of human rights in our Yoruba homeland. Instances have increased dramatically of Human Rights abuses committed against our people.
”The most serious of such abuses occurred against Chief Sunday Adeyemo and the residents of his home in Ibadan. Others occurred against our people who are carrying out a peaceful rally in Lagos. In Ekiti State, one Yoruba citizen was arrested for no clear reason at the time of the attack on Sunday Adeyemo’s house and he was locked in custody for months.
“In fact, he could have died in detention. From the beginning of 2022, we are going to take serious actions against all cases of Human Right abuse against our people. The Yoruba nation must prepare itself now for such Human Rights initiatives.
“In conclusion, I am sure that all Yoruba people everywhere are expecting me to make a statement about our dear hero Chief Sunday Adeyemo. How I wish I could announce now that he has been released. Unfortunately, we are not blessed with that wonderful news today. But I join all Yoruba patriots everywhere in the fervent hope that he will soon be released.”
SaharaReporters, New York