Yoruba Nation: ‘You’re on your own,’ Akeredolu tells Igboho, others

Rotimi Akeredolu: Ondo State Governor: dismisses agitations for Yoruba nation


Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State on Sunday disassocited himself from the clamour for creation of Yoruba nation out of Nigeria and those canvassing for it.
The Governor who spoke ‎in reaction to the rally held by Igboho and his Yoruba nation agitators in Akure on Saturday said he does not support ‎agitation by secessionists for creation of Yoruba Nation out of Nigeria.
Akeredolu, who is the Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, spoke in reaction to claim at the rally in Akure on Saturday by Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho that the Governor is aware of their agitation.
But the Governor n a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde said Igboho and other secessionist agitators were on their own.

The statement titled, ‘Yoruba Nation Agitators On Their Own – Akeredolu,’ read “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.”