Professor Banji Akintoye, a leading Yoruba Nation agitator and leader of Ilana Omo Oodua, has urged Nigeria’s federal government to halt preparations for the 2023 general elections.
The call for the suspension of preparations for the 2023 elections is coming on the heels of plans by Amintoye and others to use all legal means to ensure that a referendum on Nigeria’s continued existence or otherwise as a united country takes place.
According to him, the referendum is the only condition for continuing preparations for the 2023 general elections.
Professor Akintoye, who was represented by Don Pedro Obaseki, stated this on Tuesday, August 17, at a press conference held by the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination (NINAS) in Lagos State.
Describing Nigeria as a country bleeding profusely from all sides, Akintoye said the first aid the country needs is the immediate suspension of all preparations for the elections, adding that the more the suspension of electoral plans is delayed, the stronger the chances of the country suffering from implosion.
According to him:
“Let it be said loud and clear that the immediate suspension of preparations for general elections in 2023 is the most urgently needed first aid to Nigeria, which is currently bleeding profusely from all sides.
“And for every day that this emergency first aid is delayed, the risk of Nigeria’s catastrophic implosion grows exponentially.”
NINAS also urged political parties to stand on the side of history by joining the struggle. According to the group, this they could do by refusing to nominate candidates for the said 2023 elections and in addition call for the amendment of the 1999 Constitution.
Describing the 1999 Constitution as an agent of slavery and fraud, promoting injustice, underdevelopment, and impunity in Nigeria’s South and Middle Belt, NINAS added that the people must be allowed to freely decide what they want.
The group said it remains committed to its planned “one million march” in front of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York from September 14 to 24, 2021.
“If we stop the journey to 2023 in 2021, the 1999 Constitution will die in 2021, and we will immediately enter a transition period and thus be on our way to regional referendums for Self-Determination.
“This is the safe path to freedom for all constituent blocs tired of the toxic Nigerian union,” the body stated.