The leader of the Ilana Omo Oodua, Professor Banji Akintoye has dissociated himself and his organization from insinuations of working with some secessionists to destabilize Nigeria.
He spoke against the backdrop of some postcards being circulated online titled, ‘Roma Mega Rally; Oodua and Biafra in Italy’ with the picture of the leader of Ilana Omo Oodua, Prof Banji Akintoye, and that of Chief Sunday Igboho placed side by side with the picture of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
According to him, the poster is giving a false impression that they are all working together.
The statement reads; “The attention of Ilana Omo Oodua has been drawn to postcards being circulated online titled, ‘Roma Mega Rally; Oodua and Biafra in Italy’ with the picture of the leader of Ilana Omo Oodua, Prof Banji Akintoye and that of Chief Sunday Igboho placed side by side with the picture of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, creating the false impression that Prof Banji Akintoye and the Yoruba Organisations aggregating under the Ilana Omo Oodua banner are in some kind of working relationship with Mazi Nnamdi Kanu and Indigenous People of Biafra.”
“The general public is hereby informed that neither Prof Banji Akintoye nor Ilana Omo Oodua is in any form of working relationship with Nnamdi Kanu or IPOB and that the use of the picture of Prof Banji Akintoye on the said postcard advertising the Roma Italy Mega Rally was unauthorized.”
“It is as well an embarrassment to both Prof Akintoye and the Ilana Omo Oodua organization.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, the organization in the East of Nigeria with which Illana Omo Oodua is collaborating under the aegis of Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS) is the Lower Niger Congress.”
“Members of the public should please disregard this misleading postcard and any such false impression in the future.”
Meanwhile, the Northern Governors Forum (NGF) has condemned the killing of Ahmed Gulak, a former aide of ex-President Goodluck Jonathan.
In a statement on behalf of northern governors, Chairman of the Forum and Governor of Plateau, Simon Lalong, warned the public against politicising issues surrounding the murder which could lead to further violence.
The forum described the incident as unfortunate and a criminal act that must be condemned.