YWC pass vote of confidence in Prof Akintoye
By Ajayi Akintunde
Some members of the Yoruba World Congress, (YWC) today have passed a vote of confidence on the President, Yoruba World Congress, (YWC) Prof Banji Akintoye
The members held a press conference in Ibadan today.
The decision of the members followed the division that struck the congress leading to the suspention of four founding members
press conference today in Ibadan were Sheik Abdulraheem Aduramigba,
Evangelist Kunle Adesokan; Princess Oyeronke Akinlolu, Professor Wale Adeniran and Princess Tanimowo Okusaga among others.
The members said “Following the recent developments in the Yoruba World Congress (YWC), leaders of the various groups under the organisation have said there is no crisis within its fold.
It would be recalled that four protem executives of the group were recently removed from their positions.”
The group said Prof Akintoye remains the leader of the YWC urging members to dismiss contrary reports.
Dr. Tunde Amusat who addressed the media on behalf of the group said the YWC is one and indivisible under the leadership of Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye.
“You will recall that on the 22nd of August, 2019, the leaders of almost fifty pan Yoruba self determination Organisations assembled in Ibadan to unanimously elect Prof. Banji Akintoye as the Leader of the Yoruba nation.Subsequently, the Yoruba World Congress came to be the umbrella organisation of the group with Prof Banji Akintoye as the President”
He spoke further “Since that time, over a hundred Yoruba Organisations, both in Nigeria and in the diaspora have been admitted into the YWC (and still counting) as members.
The members added “While celebrating the one year anniversary of YWC, we also want to reaffirm our unalloyed confidence in the leadership of Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye. We wish to salute his uncommon courage and uncompromising doggedness in translating the Yoruba redemption agenda and vision into action within the context of the finest Omoluabi ethos and traditions.”
The group said the YWC admission into the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) within a year of existence, is novel and commendable.
“The Oodua nation project is on course. We appreciate the efforts of Prof. Banji Akintoye and other leaders in this respect. The protection of lives and properties of the Yoruba and other ethnic nationalities domiciled in the South West geo political zone is of paramount importance to YWC leadership.”
The leaders dismisses any crisis within the YWC.
“We are not in contention with anyone or group. This is a family issue which is being resolved within the clan. We remain unequivocally committed to the ideals of the Yoruba World Congress (YWC) as eloquently expressed by Prof. Banji Akintoye, which are to liberate the Yoruba race from the oppression and persecution which Nigeria represents, to establish a better, more promising future for our teeming youths and to ensure the peaceful achievement of the self-determination goals of the Yoruba nation.
It said the Ibadan event was organised by a gathering of all the groups which elected Prof. Banji Akintoye as Yoruba leader a year ago.
“They are the various groups which came together to form the Yoruba World Congress. These groups are gathered here in Ibadan, one year after that momentous event, to re-establish a vote of absolute confidence in the leadership of Prof. Banji Akintoye,” Amusat said.
The group commended the courage exhibited by the South West governors in the establishment of Amotekun in the midst of hostility and intimidation by the “powers that be.”
It urged the National Assembly not to plot any background manoeuvre to bring back RUGA and further appropriate more of the resources of Yorubaland. It therefore stands totally rejected by the YWC.
“In equal effect, the CAMA bill cannot stand because it puts the control of one religious group under another. It represents the ruthless deployment of power by the Muslim North to further continue the Islamisation and Fulanisation of Nigeria,” the members said.