- Political leaders in the southwest are set to meet over the rising secessionist agitation from the geopolitical zone
- The meeting, scheduled for Sunday, May 23, was reportedly organised by a prominent APC chieftain from Osun state, Chief Bisi Akande
- Southwest governors, Bola Tinubu and other political stakeholders from the region are expected to attend the meeting
Amid raging agitation for the Yoruba nation, southwest governors and other stakeholders from the region are expected to attend a meeting at the Lagos House, Marina, on Sunday, May 23.
Legit.ng gathers that those expected to attend the meeting are the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; APC national leader, Bola Tinubu; Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state; his Ogun state counterpart, Dapo Abiodun; Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun state and Ondo state governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
Others include the Ekiti state governor, Kayode Fayemi; the chairman of the Police Service Commission, Musiliu Smith; a former Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Alani Akinrinade; and former APC southwest vice-chairman, Pius Akinyelure.
It was gathered that the meeting was convened to address rising calls for secession in the light of the activities of personalities like Sunday Adeyemo (aka Sunday Igboho) and others.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Chief Ayo Adebanjo, one of the leaders of Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-cultural group, commented on the secessionist agitation for the Yoruba nation by some activists in the southwestern region.
Chief Adebanjo said the failure of the Nigerian government to protect the citizens and other issues led to the secession calls by some youths from some regions in the country.
The Yoruba leader, however, said the Afenifere group does not support the agitation to divide the country.
In a related development, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Nigeria's former president, has condemned the calls for the nation's breakup by some ethnic advocates.
The former president described calls for Nigeria's break up as unmindful and insensitive to the plight of the minority groups in the country, a statement sent on Wednesday, May 5, to Legit.ng by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, indicates.
Legit.ng gathers that Obasanjo made the observation when he received the Tiv Professional Group from Benue state who paid him a courtesy visit in Abeokuta.