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 standard 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 might not get one of the best from this nation known as Nigeria. And in a state of affairs the place you aren’t getting end result for what you might be doing, it is advisable go your individual approach. It isn’t a should for us to be collectively in 60 years and nothing good is coming overseas. Every 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 all over the place. Should we be collectively if we’re not getting outcomes? Being collectively as a nation must 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. It is a nation with circumstances of kidnapping; college students and enterprise persons are being killed. Most of our folks overseas can’t come house, and we proceed to say we must always handle and everyone continues to die. Should we go into conflict? As a lot as I imagine 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 go away the nation if that is one of the best we are able to get from the nation. We can’t proceed to die.
The Federal Authorities and the governors won’t enable secession. How do you assume the agitators ought to drive house their calls for to get outcomes?
It isn’t by going to conflict or by the destruction of presidency property. It could possibly go by the use of referendum. What is occurring in Nigeria now has attracted the eye of the worldwide neighborhood, and one of the 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 are able to pack away. That’s the fact as a result of college students don’t really feel protected in school an ymore. The nation has collapsed.
Kabiyesi, for those who finally have a Yoruba nation, do you assume there can be a distinction? Will there be love and unity among the many folks?
Effectively, no matter difficulty we could also be having in Yoruba land, don’t neglect 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 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 will sit down collectively and discuss. This difficulty that’s taking place 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 title that their residents shouldn’t come over to Nigeria. If that is one of the 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 standard individual to not assist Yoruba nation if we’re not 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’re not residing peacefully now. They’re killing youngsters, killing adults on a regular basis; insecurity all over the place, kidnapping all over the place. No improvement, no water, nothing. So, why should we die in this sort of state of affairs?
Just lately, there have been experiences of clashes between Yoruba nation agitators and the police in Abeokuta. Do you could have 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 regulation. 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 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.