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, 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 folks agitating for Yoruba nation are doing so as a result of they might not get the most effective 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, you’ll want to go your individual approach. It isn’t a should for us to be collectively in 60 years and nothing good is coming in a foreign country. All the pieces is getting worse by the day. Folks 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 in every single place. Should we be collectively if we’re not 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. 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 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 go away the nation if that is the most effective we will get from the nation. We can not proceed to die.
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 isn’t by going to struggle or by the destruction of presidency property. It will possibly go by the use of referendum. What is going on in Nigeria now has attracted the eye of the worldwide neighborhood, and the most effective factor they’ll 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 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 will probably 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 overlook we share the identical tradition, we share the identical opinion and beliefs. We’re known 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 assets, our land and safety chiefs, we can sit down collectively and speak. This difficulty 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 identify that their residents shouldn’t come over to Nigeria. If that is the most effective 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’re not 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 stay collectively. That’s if we live peacefully. However we’re not residing peacefully now. They’re killing kids, killing adults on a regular basis; insecurity in every single place, kidnapping in every single place. No growth, no water, nothing. So, why should we die in this type of state of affairs?
Lately, there have been experiences of clashes between Yoruba nation agitators and the police in Abeokuta. Do you’ve gotten 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 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 might be heard.