The Ondo State Governor, Akeredolu Oluwarotimi Odunayo, SAN has denied supporting the Yoruba nation proponents, saying that agitators are on their own.
The provincial Yoruba nation rallied in Akure, the capital city of Ondo state yesterday with protesters converging in multitudes to support the Ilana Omo Oodua movement.
The rally, which is being championed by the popular Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, said to the people in the crowd yesterday that the group had received the blessings of governor Akeredolu and other southwest governors in the region.
“We have the support of all Governors in the southwest, and I want to assure them that this rally across the southwest region will not lead to violence,” he said.
The state governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN has, however, announced in a press statement issued by his Chief Press Secretary, Richard Olatunde, that agitators are on their own.
The statement reads: “lt 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.”
He affirms the governor’s stance thus: “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.”
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