Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN,says, it has come to his knowledge, 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.
A Statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Richard Olatunde states clearly that Governor Akeredolu acknowledges the right of individuals and groups to hold peaceful rallies and it must not be misconstrued to mean support for secessionist agenda and or balkanization of the nation.
The Statement States Unequivocally, that, 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 said Governor Akeredolu neither believes, nor supports the quest for the Yoruba Nation outside of Nigeria in the manner canvassed and stands by a virile, united and indivisible Nigeria as demanded by the Southern Governors’ Forum.
It is important, therefore, to state without any equivocation that the Yoruba Nation secessionist promoters do not enjoy any lending hand in Governor Akeredolu.