The Eselu of Iselu kingdom in Ogun State, Oba Akintunde Akinyemi, has declared his whole help 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 mentioned he was a proponent of one-Nigeria, said that he has, nonetheless, misplaced hope within the nation as he joined requires a Yoruba nation, saying “we can not proceed to die.”

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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 very best from this nation referred to as Nigeria. And in a state of affairs the place you aren’t getting outcome for what you’re doing, you could 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 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’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 not 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 case 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 the very best we will get from the nation. We can not proceed to die.

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The Federal Authorities and the governors is not going to permit secession. How do you suppose the agitators ought to drive house their calls for to get outcomes?

It’s not by going to conflict or by the destruction of presidency property. It may go by the use of referendum. What is going on in Nigeria now has attracted the eye of the worldwide neighborhood, and the very best factor they will do is to arrange a type 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 reality as a result of college students don’t really feel protected in school an ymore. The nation has collapsed.

Kabiyesi, in the event you ultimately have a Yoruba nation, do you suppose there can be a distinction? Will there be love and unity among the many folks?

Properly, no matter challenge 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 referred to as ‘Omoluabi’. There isn’t any 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 sources, our land and safety chiefs, we can sit down collectively and discuss. This challenge 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 international locations are flashing our title 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.

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So, can or not it’s mentioned that you’re in help of Yoruba nation?

I don’t anticipate a standard particular person to not help Yoruba nation if we’re not getting outcomes from the nation referred to 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 dwelling peacefully now. They’re killing kids, 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 reviews of clashes between Yoruba nation agitators and the police in Abeokuta. Do you have got any recommendation for the Oduduwa Republic promoters?

What I want to inform them is that it’s the elementary human proper of each citizen to protest peacefully. We don’t have to do issues like we’re above the regulation. 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 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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