Chairman of the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS), Professor Banji Akintoye, yesterday formally announced his resignation as chairman of the alliance with immediate effect.
Following the decision, the renowned Historian also pulled out his self-determination seeking organisation, the “Ilana Omo Oodua (IOO)’, which is the umbrella body of the movement from the Alliance.
NINAS is the umbrella body of self-determination groups in the South and Middle-Belt Regions of Nigeria with Ilana Omo Oodua representing the Yoruba bloc; Lower Niger Congress (LNC) representing the South East and South South, and the Middle-Belt Renaissance Movement representing the Middle-Belt Region.
Making the formal announcement in a release he signed, supported by 44 other leaders of IOO, the nonagenarian said: “It is very imperative, sacrosanct and germane for the Yoruba bloc to quit the Alliance in order to preserve the integrity and reputation of the Yoruba Nation’s agitation for self-determination.
“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 aligned 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 (NINAS) 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.”