Akintoye quits Middle Belt, South Alliance, formed new group
A new group, South and Middle-Belt People’s Sovereign Movement (SOMPSOM) has been formed.
Professor Banji Akintoye announced the formation today after resigning his
position as the Chairman, the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS),
Prof Akintoye of Ilana Omo Oodua (IOO), also announced that the Yoruba self determination group has left NINAS Alliance with immediate effect.
NINAS was the umbrella body of some 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 Rennaissance Movement representing the Middle-Belt Region.
In a statement on Tuesday, Akintoye and 44 other leaders of Ilana said it is very imperative for the Yoruba bloc to quit the Alliance in order to preserve the integrity of the Yoruba Nation agitation for Self-Determination.
The statement reads “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 allign 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.
“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 (SOMPSOM) will be officially inaugurated after the completion of the ongoing consultations with likeminds across the South and Middle-Belt Regions.
Those who signed the statement are:
1. Prof. Banji Akintoye – Alana of Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide.
2. Professor Wale Adeniran
3. Dr. Kayode Akinwande
4. Engr. Muda Ogunsola
5. Dr. Gbenga Adeyeye
6. Mr. Maxwell Adeleye
7. Dr. Adejuwon Akinsola
8. Pastor Ayodele Praise – Ekiti StaCoordinator, Ilana Omo Oodua
9. Prince Ade Adefioye – Lagos State Coordinator, Ilana Omo Oodua
10. Mr. Adekanola Desmond – Mobilisation Unit
11. Omo Oba Kazeem Onikeke – Oyo State Coordinator, Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide
12. Comrade Bankole Adeniyi – Ondo State Coordinator
13. Princess Tanimowo Okusaga – Women Wing
14. Ms Egbinlade Adebola – Ilana Omo Oodua, Canada Chapter
16. Mr. Seun Aribilola – Coordinator, Ilana Omo Oodua, United States of America
17. Chief Jimoh Olawale Taofeeq – Ogun State Coordinator, Ilana Omo Oodua
18. Ms Funmi Soyemi – Coordinator, Ilana Omo Oodua, Republic of Ireland
19. Sheik Aduranigba Chief Imam – Ilana Omo Oodua Elders Advisory Council
20. Alhaji Ali Oyedeji- Chairman, Ilana Omo Oodua Elders Advisory Council
21. Otunba Tomi Koledoye – Ilana Omo Oodua Elders Advisory Council
22. Madam Judith Richard Kila – Ilana Omo Oodua United Kingdom
23. Dr. Chief Sola Oni – Coordinator, Ilana Omo Oodua, United Kingdom
24. Mr. Ademola Abidoye – Ilana Omo Oodua, United Kingdom
25. Prof. Ade Kukoyi- Chairman, Ilana Omo Oodua Think-Tank Council
26. Mr. Bolarinwa Ade – Ilana Omo Oodua Germany
27. Prince Adekunle Adelakun – Ilana Omo Oodua Homeland Council
28. Mr. Wasiu Iyanda – Ilana Omo Oodua Youth Wing
29. Mr. Elisha Ademoyegun – Ilana Omo Oodua Youth Wing
30. Ms Bolanle Cole – United States
31. Mr. Emmanuel Akanbi – Canada
32. Mr. Uthman Ikosiola – United States
33. Mr. Isiah Teju – Canada
34. Chief Mrs Ronke Okusanya
35. Dr. Funso Famuyiwa
36. Mrs Busola Akintoye
37. Oladapo Kayode, Esq
38. Ms Tosin Adeleye
39. Com. Deji Adebayo – Ilana Omo Oodua IT Unit
40. Com. Femi Oluwajuyitan – Ilana Omo Oodua New Media Unit
41. Mr. Ibrahim Hammed – Ilana Omo Oodua Tech Unit
42. Ms Precious Olusola Adesola – United Kingdom
43. Mr. Telita Sule – Ilana Omo Oodua Research Unit
44. Dr. Tunde Amusat – Ilana Omo Oodua Worldwide Administrative Secretary
45. Mr. Oluwole Fatunde – Ilana Omo Oodua United Kingdom