Igboho: Akintoye’s group replies Malami, lists conditions for ‘dialogue’
The umbrella body of the Yoruba self-determination group known as Ilana Omo Oodua on Thursday insisted that embattled Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday Adeyemo, also known as Sunday Igboho, committed no crime by agitating for secession from the Nigerian State.
The group led by 86-year-old Professor of History, Banji Akintoye, said the regime of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), must first ensure the release of Igboho from a prison in neighbouring Benin Republic before talking about any “political solution”.
Akintoye’s spokesman, Maxwell Adeleye, made this known in an exclusive chat with The PUNCH on Thursday.
He was reacting to a statement made by the Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami (SAN), that the Federal Government might consider all kinds of solutions, including political ones, in order to resolve the crisis surrounding separatist agitations in Nigeria.
Malami had made the statement in an interview aired on ‘Arise TV Special’ on Wednesday.
Secessionist agitations in Southern Nigeria
Of late, growing dissatisfaction, disaffection, and perceived injustice have fueled secessionist agitations in Southern Nigeria. While Igboho is an arrowhead of Yoruba Nation agitation in the South-West zone, embattled Nnamdi Kanu leads the proscribed secessionist group, the Indigenous People of Biafra in the South-East.
Kanu, who is in the custody of the Department of States Service since his arrest in June 2021, is facing terrorism-related charges before Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court in Abuja.
Moody Blues drummer Graeme Edge dies aged 80 after legendary 50 year rock career including hits like ‘Nights in White Satin’ and ‘Go Now’
Moody Blues drummer Graeme Edge, who played on hits including ‘Night in White Satin’ and ‘Go Now’, has died aged 80.
One of the original members and co-founder of the rock band, Edge had a musical career spanning over 50 years until he stopped touring in 2018 due to a stroke.
He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the rest of the Birmingham-based band at the same time.
Edge’s family confirmed his death to NewsNation. His cause of death is currently unknown.
Moody Blues frontman Justin Hayward paid tribute to his bandmate, saying his ‘sound and personality is present in everything we did together’.