Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has vehemently denied that he is in support of the agitation for a Yoruba nation.
The governor noted that he believes in One Nigeria.
Akeredolu’s position came following a statement made by Sunday Igboho, in Akure, the capital of Ondo State, that Governor Akeredolu was aware of the movement and is in support.
“The governor is aware of these things we are doing, we have his support. We are no more under the Fulani. All we want is Yoruba Nation.”
Igboho had on Saturday led hundreds of Yoruba Nation agitators under the aegis of Ilana Omo Oodua, for a rally on Akure.
The agitators comprising women, youths, motor cycle riders, traders, artisans and others wore attires with inscription ‘Omo Oduduwa ni mi’ (I am Oduduwa’s child).
Speaking at the Palace of the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo, Igboho said; “Traditional rulers are supposed to be the father of all but they have been relegated and I believe all these anomalies would end when Yoruba Nation comes to being.
“Politicians have sold us to Fulani and now these Fulani are beyond their control. It is time we free ourselves. No going back on the agitation, no election in 2023 and I have a strong belief that we are going to succeed.”
He further stated that the agitators for a Yoruba Nation had the support of Governor Akeredolu; “The governor is aware of these things we are doing, we have his support. We are no more under the Fulani. All we want is Yoruba Nation,” Igboho declared.
However, in a statement titled, ‘Yoruba Nation Agitators On Their Own – Akeredolu’, signed by Governor Akeredolu’s Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, the governor said; “It has come to the knowledge of the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, that some group of persons who held a rally under the cover of what they term ‘secessionist agitations’ in Akure, on Saturday, May 22, 2021, erroneously claimed to have had his support for the rally.
“Governor Akeredolu wishes to state clearly that while he acknowledges the right of individuals and groups to hold peaceful rallies, it must not be misconstrued to mean support for secessionist agenda and or balkanization of the nation. Far from it.
“Unequivocally, the Governor’s opinion on the Akure rally or any other of its ilk, is only to the effect that he is not opposed to any civil protest which is not in breach of the extant laws of the Nation. He neither believes, nor supports the quest for the Yoruba Nation outside of Nigeria in the manner canvassed. Governor Akeredolu stands by a virile, united and indivisible Nigeria as demanded by the Southern Governors’ Forum.
“Therefore, the vigour, zeal, leadership and candour displayed by Governor Akeredolu for a just and fair Nigeria is altruistic, and borne out of patriotism for the Nation as well as love for his people, the Yoruba ethnic nationality.
“It is important, therefore, to state without any equivocation that the Yoruba Nation secessionist promoters do not enjoy any lending hand in Governor Akeredolu.”
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