Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, leader of the Ilana Omo Odua, has insisted that no individual or force can stop the agitation for Yoruba self-determination.
Akintoye said this in a statement issued by the Media and Communications Secretary of the group, Maxwell Adeleye, on Sunday.
The emeritus professor of History said this in reaction to the attempted police clampdown on a separate group’s rally demanding the realisation of a Yoruba State in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, on Saturday. The rally, however, held as the agitators defied the police.
Akintoye hailed the Yoruba Nimi Omo Kootu-Ojire and its founder, Titilayo Ojeleye, for the success of the rally held in Abeokuta on Saturday to drum up support for the actualisation of the Yoruba nation.
“I want to advise the Nigerian State that the Yoruba self-determination struggle under my leadership shall continue to be peaceful and orderly.
“Therefore, threatening us, or attempting to subjugate our rights to self-determination and peaceful assembly are cowardly.
“We are marching on, and like valiant soldiers without a dint of fear. I make bold to put it to the Nigerian state that no one can stop an idea whose time has come,” the statement read.
Akintoye called on all Yoruba self-determination groups to begin to hold rallies in their localities every weekend.
“However, let me warn that all our people should note that each rally must be conscientiously peaceful, lawful and orderly,” he added.