Igboho can’t speak for Yoruba people, Ondo will stay in Nigeria –Akeredolu

Igboho can’t speak for Yoruba people, Ondo will stay in Nigeria –Akeredolu

Ondo State Governor and Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, says Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho cannot speak for Yoruba people.

The governor spoke in Akure, the state capital, on Monday while swearing in some government officials including the new Secretary to the State Government, Oladunni Odu.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that Igboho declared his support for the establishment of a Yoruba nation at an event last week which was also attended by the Chairman of socio-political group, the Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-Determination, Prof Banji Akintoye.

Igboho had said, “Starting from now, we don’t want herdsmen in our land to disturb our farms again. If we meet any killer herdsmen, we are going to face and destroy them.

“If any police attack us for that, we are ready for them. We don’t want Nigeria again but the Yoruba Nation. There is no essence for one Nigeria when the major resources in the country are in the hands of the northerners. Enough is enough. There is no going back.”

But reacting on Monday, Akeredolu said Ondo State won’t be part of any secessionist agitation, adding that the state will remain in Nigeria.

The governor said, “To comment on the current agitation by some people who express grievances arising from the challenge of nationhood. The noises generated by seeming inaction or passive indifference on the part of the elected and appointed representatives of the government at all levels appear to be responsible for the growing disaffection in the land.

“There is problem, no doubt. While some have been measured in their reaction to this problem, others have been less diplomatic. It is common to find groups and individuals purporting to act or speak on behalf of the rest of us. Did you ask them to speak for us? People just stand up and say they are speaking for a people. Who invest you with that authority?

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