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Yoruba never demanded Nigeria’s breakup — Prof. Akintoye

No power can hold our youths if they want to break away – Prof Akintoye, Afenifere leader

PROFESSOR Banji Akintoye is a historian, and one of the leading scholars on the history of the Yoruba people. In this interview, Akintoye, who was Deputy Youth Leader of Action Group (AG) in the First Republic, expresses worry that the causes of the Jan 16, 1966 coup and the ‘revenge coup’ of July 29 of the same year are still staring Nigeria in the face. An Afenifere leader and senator who represented Ekiti Central in the Second Republic on the platform of then-Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) led by the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, he spoke to Sunday Vanguard in his Lagos residence last week.

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Yoruba never demanded Nigeria’s breakup — Prof. Akintoye

Nigeria may eventually break up without restructuring — Akintoye

P ROFESSOR Banji Akintoye is a renowned historian and a member of the Southern Leaders Forum. In this interview, Akintoye maintains that Nigeria may eventually break up if it is not properly structured. He also gives an insight to the controversy over who were the original settlers of Lagos and the forthcoming Handshake Across the Niger which seeks to promote unity and collaboration between Yoruba and Igbo. 

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