- Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has told Sunday Igboho to stay clear of Ondo state
- Igboho is one of the people agitating for the Oduduwa nation
- Akeredolu, however, noted that Ondo would remain an entity within the federal republic of Nigeria
Following the agitation for a sovereign Yoruba state by Sunday Adeyemo popularly known as Sunday Igboho, the governor of Ondo, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has warned the self-styled activist and others agitating for Oduduwa nation to stay away from the state.
The Nation reports that Akeredolu said the Ondo people have elected to stay in the federal republic of Nigeria as constituted at present.
Legit.ng gathered that he said no part of the entire state, known and delineated as Ondo state, would permit any gathering or agitation which may suggest, however remotely, that the people are in support of what he termed ‘unthinking rabble-rousing.’
Akeredolu who spoke while swearing in Princess Catherine Oladunni Odu as the new Secretary to the State Government and other special advisers said the state would not subscribe to banditry and recklessness in putting forth its demands.
Daily Nigerian also reports that he said the right of citizens to discuss, agitate and even fight to right perceived wrongs, culminating in self-determination, must be done within known and acceptable parameters and all concerned must agree to pursue the same objectives to achieve a desirable or desired end.
Akeredolu noted that the reasons for the declaration of hostilities must not be fleeting fancies of disaffection engendered by perceived politics of exclusion for personal benefits.
The governor, who condemned the attack on the convoy of the Benue state Governor, Samuel Ortom, urged security agencies to unmask the agents of darkness bent on throwing the country into a state of anarchy.
“To comment on the current agitation by some people who express grievances arising from the challenge of nationhood.
“The noises generated by seeming inaction or passive indifference on the part of the elected and appointed representatives of the government at all levels appear to be responsible for the growing disaffection in the land.
“There is a problem, no doubt. While some have been measured in their reaction to this problem, others have been less diplomatic. It is common to find groups and individuals purporting to act or speak on behalf of the rest of us. Did you ask them to speak for us? People just stand up and say they are speaking for a people. Who invests you with that authority."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that some unknown persons reportedly invaded the residence of the mother of Sunday Igboho.
It was reported that Igboho’s spokesperson, Olayomi Koiki confirmed the incident.
Koiki claimed one of the attackers was arrested while two others escaped. He said the arrested suspect has been taken to the police station.
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