Yoruba never demand Nigeria’s breakup — Prof. Akintoye –

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Nigeria’s breakup
Professor Banji Akintoye

A foremost Yoruba nationalist, Prof Banji Akintoye, says the Yoruba people are only agitating for freedom but never demanded the break up of Nigeria.

Akintoye, emeritus professor of history, stated this on Tuesday in Ibadan while speaking on AM120 – a television breakfast show of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State,(BCOS).

He said Yoruba people believed in unity, saying no individual Yoruba person had the authority to say “we are pulling out, an average Yoruba person believes in build – build, not break, break.”

“It is also been recognised that the Yoruba have a strong and very clear tradition of religious tolerance in the world,” he stated.
The elder statesman expressed optimism that a proper federation could be achieved through a referendum.

He declared that the recent acceptance of the Yoruba-speaking tribes to the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) would give a global voice to the age-long agitation for a better…



Source: Vanguard Newspaper