Rotimi Akeredolu Reiterates Non-Support For Secessionist Agitations in The Quest For New Yoruba Nation
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu,SAN, has disassociated himself from all forms of secessionist agitations and calls for a new Yoruba nation outside Nigeria, but rather stands by a virile, united and indivisible Nigeria.
The Governor, afre in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Richard Olatunde, noted that he was only in support of the position of the Southern Governors’ Forum on the ban on open grazing in the southern part of the country and didn’t give any support behind the agitation for Yoruba nation.
“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 balkanisation 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.”
Recall that on Saturday, 22nd May, some youths under the aegis of Omo Oduduwa United stormed the streets of Akure, the state’s capital to agitate for the need to have a Yoruba nation