The umbrella physique of the Yoruba self-determination group referred to as Ilana Omo Oodua, headed by Professor Banji Akintoye has kicked towards a report that it may be outlawed by the Nigerian authorities.
On Saturday, the workplace of the Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami stated it was open to all choices to place a cease to requires Nigeria’s break-up.
In 2017, Malami alongside former Solicitor General of the Federation and Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice, Dayo Apata approached the Federal High Court in Abuja to present judicial backing to the Executive Order of President Muhammadu Buhari, outlawing the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) and its actions in each a part of Nigeria.
Following the current studies that the Nigerian authorities was plotting to proscribe the group, Ilana Omo Oodua swiftly responded that it isn’t a terrorist group neither does it have any hyperlink with the prescribed group.
The Communications Manager of the group Maxwell Adeleye stated the Buhari authorities gained’t wish to descend low to outlaw the group, Punch studies.
According to him, the Ilana Omo Oodua was not a terrorist group however a peaceable self-determination affiliation with a perception in referendum and sensitisation by rallies.
Adeleye additionally famous that it had no army wing such because the Eastern Security Network (ESN) fashioned by IPOB.
He stated, “There is no basis for the proscription of Ilana Omo Oodua. The government can only proscribe a terrorist group and not a peaceful group like Ilana Omo Oodua. All our members arrested in Ojota (area in Lagos), were charged with disturbance of public peace but later released. Why weren’t they charged with treasonable felony or murder?
“If the government proscribes us, we are going to challenge it in the court of law because we have committed no offence. It is an organisation that believes in peaceful agitation for self-determination. We even released a manual on peaceful agitation for self-determination as authored by our leader, Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye.
“I do not think the Nigerian government will descend so low to proscribe a peaceful organisation like Ilana Omo Oodua. Professor Akintoye has released a formal statement that he is not afraid of arrest and that he is coming to Nigeria soon.”
While insisting that the group has no affiliation with IPOB, Maxwell identified that they don’t consider within the sit-at-home order issued within the South-East.
“Sit-at-home is never in our plan. Ilana Omo Oodua has no association with IPOB, so comparing IPOB methodology with ours is heretical. Our modus operandi is totally different. With all due respect to the members of IPOB, the only thing we have in common is that they want Biafra Nation and we want an independent Yoruba Nation.
“We are for peaceful self-determination; we believe in the referendum, we don’t want war, we are not going to shoot a gun or carry a cutlass to attack anyone. We do not have any military wing. We are for peace and we believe the best way to achieve this is by NINAS (Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination) strategy of the referendum and that is why we have been holding rallies to sensitise our people,” he stated.