The Yoruba Nation arrowhead, Prof Banji Akintoye, has revealed that the reason he left Nigeria about four months ago was because he received so many reports that the administration of Muhammadu Buhari might kill him.
The leader of the self-determination group, Ilana Omo Oodua, said this in an interview with BBC News Yoruba published on Facebook on Tuesday.
The 86-year-old professor of history was clarifying the real reason he left Nigeria for Benin Republic.
“Many people had reached out to me to express their concern that the government might arrest me too. I have done nothing wrong, I speak my mind as a Nigerian. So long I do not instigate violence. I wrote a book on how Yoruba can achieve sovereignty — without shedding blood. We only have a strong conviction that Nigeria is not for us, Yorubas. Nigeria is a declining country, because there is no orderly purpose for Nigeria anymore.
“Intelligence reports I constantly get indicates that although they will not arrest me; they can assassinate me. ‘They can storm your place in night to kill you’, people warn me about this.
“To avoid getting killed was the reason why some Yoruba elders held a meeting and advised myself and Prof. Wale Adeniran to leave Nigeria.”
Akintoye and embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo aka Sunday Igboho had been seen holding press conferences and rallies to champion the cause for the secession of Yoruba Nation.
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