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 once a proponent of one-Nigeria, acknowledged that he has, nonetheless, 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 folks agitating for Yoruba nation are doing so as a result of they may not get the most effective from this nation known as Nigeria. And in a scenario the place you aren’t getting outcome for what you might be doing, you want to go your personal means. It’s not a should for us to be collectively in 60 years and nothing good is coming overseas. Every little thing 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’ll be able to’t even journey from Ogun to Osun, kidnappers and bandits are in all places. 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, 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 circumstances of kidnapping; college students and enterprise persons are being killed. Most of our folks overseas can’t come residence, and we proceed to say we should always handle and all people continues to die. Should we go into struggle? 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 most effective 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 assume the agitators ought to drive residence their calls for to get outcomes?
It’s not by going to struggle or by the destruction of presidency property. It may possibly go by the use of referendum. What is occurring in Nigeria now has attracted the eye of the worldwide neighborhood, and the most effective 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 protected at college an ymore. The nation has collapsed.
Kabiyesi, in the event you finally have a Yoruba nation, do you assume there will likely be a distinction? Will there be love and unity among the many folks?
Nicely, no matter difficulty 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 a tribe in Yoruba land that goes about killing folks, destroying property. I stand to be corrected. Inform me a state within the South West the place the indigenes go about slaughtering folks. 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 difficulty that’s occurring now didn’t occur in Yoruba land earlier than. Nevertheless it has unfold like a virus, nowhere is safe once more; even the Western nations are flashing our title that their residents mustn’t come over to Nigeria. If that is the most effective Nigeria may give 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 standard particular person to not assist Yoruba nation if we aren’t 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 reside collectively. That’s if we live peacefully. However we aren’t residing peacefully now. They’re killing kids, 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 scenario?
Not too long ago, there have been reviews of clashes between Yoruba nation agitators and the police in Abeokuta. Do you’ve any recommendation for the Oduduwa Republic promoters?
What I would like to inform them is that it’s the elementary 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 converse 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 could be heard.