- Recent conversations suggesting that the southwest region will secede from Nigeria has been rejected
- A prominent monarch in the region has stated that Nigeria could not afford such a scenario
- Oba Adedotun Gbadebo stated that such suggestions should not be entertained no matter the challenges Nigeria is facing as a nation
The Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, on Saturday, March 20 warned that it was in the best interest of all Nigerians for the country to remain one, regardless of the current challenges.
Gbadebo spoke when a delegation from the National Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria paid him a visit in his palace in Ake, Abeokuta, the Ogun state capital.
Apparently reacting to agitation for separation in some quarters, especially recent remarks by Yoruba activist, Chief Sunday Adeyemo also knowns as Sunday Igboho, Oba Gbadebo said he was personally opposed to such.
The Nation quoted him as saying:
“If Nigeria fails as a country, the entire black race has failed. Nigerians, wherever we go, we must see ourselves as nationals of the same country, people of the same blood.,
“We must work together to make Nigeria, Nigeria must not fail; if Nigeria fails, the black race has failed, and may it never happen.”
Meanwhile, the Defence Headquarters, DHQ, has dismissed claims by a Yoruba activist, Sunday Adeyemo also known as Sunday Igboho that some Nigerian military personnel were on a spying mission at his residence before they were apprehended.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Saturday, March 20 by its acting director, Defence Media Operations, the DHQ said it has no interest in dragging or joining issues with Igboho or his associates.
In a related development, Igboho has warned those creating disunity in the Yoruba nation to desist and work towards the goal of achieving unity among the Yoruba race irrespective of political affiliation.
Igboho made the comment while reacting to a statement by an Oodua Peoples Congress leader in Oyo state who accused some Yoruba prominent personalities of sabotaging the southwest people.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Legit Nigeria