People Politics

Akeredolu not in support of Yoruba Nation

Following the Yoruba Nation rally that took place in Akure area of Ondo State yesterday, it has been reported that Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, says he does not believe in any entity aside from the Nigerian State.

According to reports, Akeredolu specifically said he does not support agitation by secessionists for the Yoruba Nation in the South-West region.

This is coming after Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho said at the rally, “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 the Yoruba Nation.”

However, Akeredolu has reportedly reacted to this through his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, on Sunday, making it known that Igboho and other secessionist agitators were on their own.

According to the statement, “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.”

The statement read further that, “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.”

It added that “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.”

Akeredolu also disclosed that, “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,” the statement stressed.

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