The Eselu of Iselu kingdom in Ogun State, Oba Akintunde Akinyemi, has declared his whole assist for the actualisation of Yoruba nation. Oba Akinyemi spoke in an unique interview with DAILY POST ISHOLA OLUDARE, stressing that he has now pitched tents with the Oduduwa Republic agitators. The normal ruler, who stated he was a proponent of one-Nigeria, said that he has, nevertheless, misplaced hope within the nation as he joined requires a Yoruba nation, saying “we can’t proceed to die.”
What’s your view on the requires Yoruba nation?
The individuals agitating for Yoruba nation are doing so as a result of they may not get the very best from this nation known as Nigeria. And in a state of affairs the place you aren’t getting consequence for what you might be doing, it is advisable to go your personal manner. It’s not a should for us to be collectively in 60 years and nothing good is coming in a foreign country. Every part is getting worse by the day. Individuals can’t journey interstate anymore. In Kogi there, simply yesterday (Sunday), an entire Commissioner was killed with out traces. You possibly can’t even journey from Ogun to Osun, kidnappers and bandits are in all places. Should we be collectively if we’re not getting outcomes? Being collectively as a nation ought to be with developments; even marriages, if not working, all people will pack away. It occurred between the UK and the EU. UK colonized Nigeria, however they parted methods with the EU. This can be a nation with instances of kidnapping; college students and enterprise individuals are being killed. Most of our individuals overseas can’t come dwelling, and we proceed to say we must always handle and all people continues to die. Should we go into battle? As a lot as I imagine in a single Nigeria, with this case now, I feel I’ve to pitch my tent with this Yoruba nation of a factor. We have to go away the nation if that is the very best we will get from the nation. We can’t proceed to die.
The Federal Authorities and the governors won’t permit secession. How do you suppose the agitators ought to drive dwelling their calls for to get outcomes?
It’s not by going to battle or by the destruction of presidency property. It will possibly go by means of referendum. What is going on in Nigeria now has attracted the eye of the worldwide group, and the very best factor they’ll do is to arrange a form of committee coming in to look into the issues, the variations and the extent of insecurity in Nigeria. Allow us to go into referendum, we will pack away. That’s the fact as a result of college students don’t really feel protected at college anymore. The nation has collapsed.
Kabiyesi, should you ultimately have a Yoruba nation, do you suppose there can be a distinction? Will there be love and unity among the many individuals?
Nicely, no matter subject we could also be having in Yoruba land, don’t overlook we share the identical tradition, we share the identical opinion and beliefs. We’re known as ‘Omoluabi’. There isn’t any tribe in Yoruba land that goes about killing individuals, destroying property. I stand to be corrected. Inform me a state within the South West the place the indigenes go about slaughtering individuals. We don’t have such. When we have now our personal safety community, when we have now management over our assets, our land and safety chiefs, we can sit down collectively and speak. This subject that’s occurring now didn’t occur in Yoruba land earlier than. But it surely has unfold like a virus, nowhere is safe once more; even the Western international locations are flashing our identify that their residents mustn’t come over to Nigeria. If that is the very best Nigeria can provide us, then we have to pack away. That’s my level.
So, can or not it’s stated that you’re in assist of Yoruba nation?
I don’t anticipate a traditional particular person to not assist Yoruba nation if we’re not getting outcomes from the nation known as Nigeria. Are we fools? Should all people be killed? Most individuals say they don’t need Yoruba nation as a result of it’s higher for us to dwell collectively. That’s if we live peacefully. However we’re not dwelling peacefully now. They’re killing youngsters, killing adults on a regular basis; insecurity in all places, kidnapping in all places. No growth, no water, nothing. So, why should we die in this type of state of affairs?
Lately, there have been stories of clashes between Yoruba nation agitators and the police in Abeokuta. Do you’ve gotten any recommendation for the Oduduwa Republic promoters?
What I would like to inform them is that it’s the basic human proper of each citizen to protest peacefully. We don’t must do issues like we’re above the legislation. Do your rallies peacefully. We’ll communicate out our minds and let the federal government know that is our place. They need to watch out and mustn’t permit bandits or hoodlums to take over the rallies. They need to stay peaceable. I’m very certain if the protest is peaceable, even the police will escort them. They don’t must have confrontations with the police as a result of they don’t have any enterprise with the police. They need to be peaceable in order that their voices will be heard.
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