php - Call to a member function on null error CodeIgniter


Please dont`t ask why I have more than one controller: this is what my teacher wants. I have 3 controllers: Api.php, Token.php and Apikey.php, where Api.php is the "main" one.

PROBLEM: When I pass into the URL: http://localhost/revolution/index.php/api/registerUser/first_name/12First

it seems there are problems with loading the Token controller from Api controller.

ERROR: Fatal error: Call to a member function generateToken() on null

What can I do?

API Controller: Api.php

class api extends CI_Controller {

    public function index()



    public function registerUser ($username,$parola)
        if ($this->isValidUserName($username) && $this->isValidPass($parola)) {
            $id = $this->ApiModel->insertCredentials($username, md5($parola));

            $data['registered'] = 1;
            $this->load->view('api', $data);

Controller Token.php

 public function existsToken($token)
        $arrayTokens = $this->ApiModel->getAllTokens();

        if (in_array($token, $arrayTokens))
            return existsToken(sha1($this->randomString())); //$this->isValidToken(sha1($this->randomString()));

        return $token;

    public function randomString() {
        return intval(993432422 % rand());

   public function generateToken($id_user)
        $token = $this->existsToken(sha1($this->randomString()));       
        $date = $this->generateExpDate();
        $result = $this->ApiModel->insertToken($token, $date, $id_user);    

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