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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Crisis Hits Self - Determination Groups As Akintoye, Ilana Oodua Quit NINAS

                         •Banji Akintoye



The Daily Crucible | Published Tuesday, November 30, 2021

Fresh crisis has hit secessionist agitators in Southern Nigeria and the Middle Belt on Tuesday morning with the arrowhead of the self-determination coalition, Prof Banji Akintoye, resigning from his chairmanship  position of the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination(NINAS).

Akintoye claimed some leaders of NINAS  have objectives which are at variance with self-determination agenda.

The former lawmaker and professor of history, said his resignation takes  immediate effect.

The Daily Crucible reports NINAS was a coalition of umbrella body of self-determination groups in the South and Middle Belt geopolitical zones of Nigeria.

 Ilana Omo Oodua represents the Yoruba bloc while the Lower Niger Congress representing the South East and South South.

The Middle-Belt Rennaissance Movement represents the Middle-Belt Region.

However, in a statement on Tuesday, Akintoye and 44 other leaders said it is very imperative for the Yoruba arm of the coalition group to quit the alliance in order to preserve the integrity and reputation of the Yoruba Nation agitation for self-determination.

AGF said political solution on Nnamdi Kanu, Sunday Igboho is not ruled out.

The statement was titled, ‘South/Middle Belt Alliance: Akintoye Resigns as Chairman, as Ilana Omo Oodua Quits NINAS’.

The statement read in part, “In the light of the current development in the Yoruba Self-Determination struggle, especially, in Ilana Omo Oodua, it has become very necessary for the Yoruba people to dissociate themselves from the Alliance known as NINAS with immediate effect.

“It is our well-considered opinion that some of those we align with in NINAS do not want the kind of self-determination that we the Yoruba people want.

“Therefore, we the leadership of Ilana Omo Oodua, wish to inform the general public that the Yoruba Bloc under the leadership of Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide has moved out of the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination with immediate effect in order to safeguard the integrity and honour of our agitation for Self-Determination.

“We thank the Leader of LNC, Mr. Tony Nnadi, for his inputs to the NINAS struggle since inception. However, it is now obvious to most people in the Yoruba Self-Determination struggle that the LNC is not working in tandem with our objective in Ilana Omo Oodua.

“The implication of this development is that the prestigious leadership that Professor Adebanji Stephen Akintoye, has provided for NINAS as Chairman since inception has now come to an end from today Tuesday 30th November, 2021.

“Furthermore, Ilana Omo Oodua hereby withdraw its membership of NINAS with immediate effect. All the Yoruba People Worldwide that believe in the agitation for Yoruba Nation Self-Determination at home and abroad are, by this statement, notified to comply.

“We are, however, pleased to inform you that a more productive Wide-Alliance to be known as the South and Middle-Belt People’s Sovereign Movement will be officially inaugurated after the completion of the ongoing consultations with likeminds across the South and Middle-Belt Regions.”

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