- Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, has faulted the manner some groups are demanding for secession
- The politician explained why any individual agitation for secession will fail
- Several political office holders have refused to back some Yoruba and Igbo groups a split from Nigeria
The governor of Ondo state, Rotimi Akeredolu has explained that the agitation for a Yoruba Nation can only be achieved through the people’s consensus.
Akeredolu dismissed the idea that individual agitation will determine the success of any secession bid in Nigeria.
According to The Nation, the governor made the statement when he featured on a Channels Television programme.
He made the remarks in response to calls by a Yoruba rights activist, Sunday Igboho, who is campaigning for the establishment of the Yoruba Nation in the southwest.
“It is a group of individuals who are raising this issue; they are entitled to it. Everybody is entitled to his own position. But when you come to the issue of nation or you want to leave a particular setup, there must be a consensus.
“Nobody can, on his own, wake up and say he is speaking on behalf of others. Who gave them such powers?
The Cable reported that the governor noted any agitation for secession must involve discussion.
“A few people cannot just stand up one day and say to us: ‘Yes, we want Yoruba nation.’ How? Where did we sit down to discuss this? With who and who? At what point in time? So, if you do not carry everybody along, you cannot be representing us.”
The governor stated that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is opened to a national discourse on restructuring the country.
Meanwhile, Nigerian senators from the southern parts of the country have resolved to upholding the unity of Nigeria amid calls for secession from some Yoruba and Igbo groups.
According to The Nation, the deputy president of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, who spoke on behalf of the southern senators’ forum on Wednesday, March 24, said the caucus believes in Nigeria’s unity.
Omo-Agege disclosed that the forum elected Senator Opeyemi Bamidele as chairman of the caucus.
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