The Former Deputy Alana and former Chairman, Ilana Omo Oduduwa, Wale Adeniran, PhD has renounced his membership to the group, cutting all ties with the Yoruba leader, Professor Stephen Adebanji Akintoye.
Tribune reported that Adeniran made this known in a statement on Friday morning, stating that “With effect from today, Wednesday, February 1, 2023, I cease to be a member and an officer of Ilana Omo Oduduwa. My decision to exit the organisation is irrevocable and irreversible. However, I remain firmly committed to the Yoruba Nation’s struggle for self-determination.
“I hereby, with effect from today, Wednesday, February 1, 2023, sever all connections and relationship with Professor Stephen Adebanji Akintoye, the Alana and Chairman of Ilana Omo Oduduwa.”
He further explained that late December 2022, Professor Banji Akintoye’s Personal Assistant put out a 35-minute video, where he (Adeniran) was accused of several crimes, the most serious being an allegation of financial impropriety, adding that others who also made similar allegations against him included some members of Ilana Omo Oduduwa and one Mr Mayegun (of Mayegun’s Diary).
He added, “I reacted by calling on relevant and interested Yoruba self-determination stakeholders to institute an investigative probe panel to determine the veracity of the weighty allegations against me.
“In the meantime, I stepped aside from the Chairmanship and membership of Ilana Omo Oduduwa so as not to be seen to be using my office to influence the work and findings of the probe panel.
“A couple of weeks later, that is, on January 10, 2023, I repeated my call for an investigative probe panel to be set up and to make its findings known to the public within 21 (twenty-one) days. I offered to make all necessary relevant documents available to the probe panel to facilitate its work.”
However, he said that as of Wednesday, February 1, 2023, at the expiration of the 21 days, he was yet to be invited to appear and defend himself before any probe panel.
He, therefore, stated that with ”that being the case, I have concluded that neither my accusers nor the generality of the Yoruba public have found the allegations against me worthy of any further attention.
“Therefore, by implication, I have been absolved of any GUILT in the court of the public. The onus is not on me to investigate myself to establish my innocence.
Rather, those who make egregious accusations against me in the public arena must establish their claims irrefutably by organizing such a Panel. He who accuses must offer proof of guilt.
“In so much as no panel has been constituted where I can contest any evidence and defend my Honor and integrity, I consider myself absolved of all accusations in the Court of Public Opinion.
“A deliberate and studied silence on the matter after more than twenty-one (21) days of notice, by those who made scurrilous accusations against me, is proof of ill intentions and mischief.
“On behalf of my family and myself, I hereby express sincere gratitude to friends, colleagues, Yoruba social media presenters and individuals, known and unknown who stood by me and my family during these trying times, and who continually expressed confidence in my integrity. This has been a source of strength for us.
“To all Yoruba sons and daughters, I say, do not despair. It is not the time to be despondent. It is the time to come together to do a review, to engage in serious brainstorming, and to re-strategize, within the context of a new, well-structured organization that will be all-inclusive, and focused on Yoruba self-determination.”