Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has denied claims by Yoruba activist, Sunday Igboho, that he allegedly supported the agitation for the Yoruba nation.
KanyiDaily recalls that Igboho held a rally in Akure over the weekend where he claimed that the agitation for Yoruba nation was backed by Akeredolu, who is the Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum.
Reacting in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, on Sunday, Akeredolu made it clear that he does not support the idea of Yoruba Nation, adding that he does not believe in any entity aside from the Nigerian State.
“It has come to the knowledge of the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, that some group of persons who held a rally under the cover of what they term ‘secessionist agitations’ in Akure, on Saturday, May 22, 2021, erroneously claimed to have had his support for the rally.
“Governor Akeredolu wishes to state clearly that while he acknowledges the right of individuals and groups to hold peaceful rallies, it must not be misconstrued to mean support for secessionist agenda and or balkanization of the nation. Far from it.
“Unequivocally, the Governor’s opinion on the Akure rally or any other of its ilk, is only to the effect that he is not opposed to any civil protest which is not in breach of the extant laws of the Nation. He neither believes, nor supports the quest for the Yoruba Nation outside of Nigeria in the manner canvassed. Governor Akeredolu stands by a virile, united and indivisible Nigeria as demanded by the Southern Governors’ Forum.
“Therefore, the vigour, zeal, leadership and candour displayed by Governor Akeredolu for a just and fair Nigeria is altruistic, and borne out of patriotism for the Nation as well as love for his people, the Yoruba ethnic nationality.
“It is important, therefore, to state without any equivocation that the Yoruba Nation secessionist promoters do not enjoy any lending hand in Governor Akeredolu.”
KanyiDaily recalls that Sunday Ignoho had mocked the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Pastor Enoch Adeboye, over the sudden death of his son, Pastor Dare Adeboye.