Yoruba self-determination activist, Sunday Adeyemo, popularly known as Sunday Igboho, yesterday in Akure, the Ondo State capital, said Yoruba politicians should perish the thought of contesting for any elective positions come 2023, as there won’t be any election in the South West until Oduduwa nation becomes a reality.
Mr Adeyemo said this at the palace of the Deji of Akure Kingdom, Oba Aladelusi Aladetoyinbo, when he paid him a courtesy visit during a mega rally to drum support for the emergence of Oduduwa Republic, carved out of present Nigeria’s political structure.
The rally, which held under the aegis of Ilana Omo Oodua, comprised women, youths, motorcycle riders, traders, artisans, and others. They wore attires with the inscription ‘Omo Oduduwa ni mi.’ (I’m Oduduwa’s child).
Igboho, who arrived at the palace of the Deji around 3 pm, reiterated the need for traditional rulers to be part of how their subjects are governed, particularly at the state and local government levels. He vowed that the agitation for the birth of a Yoruba nation would be sustained until it becomes a reality.
He said, “Traditional rulers are supposed to be the father of all but they have been relegated and I believe all these anomalies would end when the Yoruba nation becomes a reality.
“Politicians have sold us to Fulani and now these Fulani are beyond their control. It is time we free ourselves. No going back on the agitation, no election in 2023 and I have a strong belief that we are going to succeed.”
In his response, the Edemo of Akureland, High Chief Afolabi Fayehun, who spoke on behalf of Deji of Akure, urged the agitators to be peaceful and not allow the rally to turn violent.
Meanwhile, policemen, soldiers, personnel of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and Amotekun operatives were on ground to maintain order and ensure that the rally did not degenerate into chaos.