The Eselu of Iselu kingdom in Ogun State, Oba Akintunde Akinyemi, has declared his complete 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 standard 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 not 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 might not get the very best from this nation known as Nigeria. And in a scenario the place you aren’t getting outcome for what you might be doing, you might want to go your personal method. It isn’t a should for us to be collectively in 60 years and nothing good is coming in another country. The whole lot is getting worse by the day. Individuals can not journey interstate anymore. In Kogi there, simply yesterday (Sunday), an entire Commissioner was killed with out traces. You may’t even journey from Ogun to Osun, kidnappers and bandits are all over the place. Should we be collectively if we aren’t getting outcomes? Being collectively as a nation needs to be with developments; even marriages, if not working, everyone 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 not come residence, and we proceed to say we must always handle and everyone continues to die. Should we go into conflict? As a lot as I consider in a single Nigeria, with this example now, I believe I’ve to pitch my tent with this Yoruba nation of a factor. We have to depart the nation if that is the very best we will get from the nation. We can not proceed to die.
The Federal Authorities and the governors won’t enable secession. How do you assume the agitators ought to drive residence their calls for to get outcomes?
It isn’t by going to conflict or by the destruction of presidency property. It could go by the use of referendum. What is going on in Nigeria now has attracted the eye of the worldwide group, and the very best factor they will do is to arrange a sort 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 secure in school an ymore. The nation has collapsed.
Kabiyesi, should you finally have a Yoruba nation, do you assume there shall be a distinction? Will there be love and unity among the many individuals?
Nicely, no matter situation 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 is no such thing as a 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’ve got our personal safety community, when we’ve got management over our assets, our land and safety chiefs, we will sit down collectively and discuss. This situation that’s taking place now didn’t occur in Yoruba land earlier than. However it has unfold like a virus, nowhere is safe once more; even the Western nations are flashing our title that their residents shouldn’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 it’s stated that you’re in assist of Yoruba nation?
I don’t count on a standard particular person to not assist Yoruba nation if we aren’t getting outcomes from the nation known as Nigeria. Are we fools? Should everyone be killed? Most individuals say they don’t need Yoruba nation as a result of it’s higher for us to reside collectively. That’s if we live peacefully. However we aren’t residing peacefully now. They’re killing youngsters, killing adults on a regular basis; insecurity all over the place, kidnapping all over the place. No growth, no water, nothing. So, why should we die in this sort of scenario?
Not too long ago, there have been studies of clashes between Yoruba nation agitators and the police in Abeokuta. Do you may have any recommendation for the Oduduwa Republic promoters?
What I want to inform them is that it’s the basic human proper of each citizen to protest peacefully. We don’t have to do issues like we’re above the legislation. Do your rallies peacefully. We are going to communicate out our minds and let the federal government know that is our place. They need to watch out and shouldn’t enable bandits or hoodlums to take over the rallies. They need to stay peaceable. I’m very positive if the protest is peaceable, even the police will escort them. They don’t have to 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 could be heard.
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