Professor Stephen Adebanji Akintoye, also known as S. Banji Akintoye, is a Nigerian-born academic, historian and writer. Prof Akintoye is one of the current leading scholars on the history of the Yoruba people, and he took a leading part for some time in the politics of Nigeria and served on the Nigerian Senate from 1979–1983 during the Second Republic.
Speaking in a viral exclusive interview alongside the Sole Yoruba Activist Sunday Igboho and other stakeholders, the Chairman of the Sociol-Political group, the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination, Prof Banji Akintoye reveals the next steps to take as to regards the establishment of Yoruba Nation.
Here is everything Prof Banji Akintoye said during the interview:
Q: Sir, we have six Governors in the Southwest states, how do we ensure there is no confusion? Do you have the support of the governors of the Southwest or this is going to run without them?
"A new day have actually been proclaimed. We have reached a point at which we can define statue quo by the action we now take. We have claimed our sovereignty back. The important thing now is, how are we going to structure our sovereignty, our self-determination? And the steps are clear, we need a referendum and we'll have the United Nation to come and prepare referendum, the type that they did in Sudan. So that there will be a referendum for the Yoruba Nation.
They'll be asking the Yoruba people, what do you want? To be a membership of Nigeria or your own country. They will ask the people of the East the same question and the people of the Middle Belt the same question. Then secondly, each group must sit down extra judiciously and now present themselves to the world. They will ask for the map of your country. You may think these things are not important but they are the most important thing in what we are doing now.
They will ask for the map of the country you are talking about and the constitution. They will ask us how we intend to govern ourselves, that means we must write a constitution and for the Yoruba people it is easy. We are one, we can sit down and point our lawyers from every direction to write our constitution, and they can get it done very quickly. Before the United Nation can approve and organize a referendum for Yoruba Nation, they must see those things I just mentioned. So, we must produce them now and when we have put all of that together, we can now go to United Nation and demand for a referendum for our new Yoruba nation and that's what we are going to do."
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