Cloudnewsmag reported that a group under the auspices of the Ilana Omo Oodua led by Prof Banji Akintoye berated Akeredolu for rejecting the agitation for the creation of a Yoruba Nation.
Akintoye and Sunday Igboho Adeyemo had involved the establishment of a Yoruba nation while slamming Nigeria’s current leadership.
But during a statement issued by the Special Assistant to Akeredolu on Special Duties and Strategy, Doyin Odebowale, on Thursday, Akeredolu said those calling for such aren’t representatives of the Yorubas.
Akeredolu said the people of the South-West wouldn’t be deceived by the plan of the secessionists, adding that Akintoye wasn’t a pacesetter of Yorubaland and will not represent the people.
The statement partly read partially, “Let it’s reiterated again. there’ll be no agitation for secession in any part of Ondo State. Prof Akintoye should submit himself to the people if he’s so desirous of representing them.
“it is presumptuous, denigrating and condescendingly spiteful for a gaggle of hustlers, living largely in anonymity but struggling for relevance, to stay proclaiming and legislating on issues which affect the destiny of an entire people, without the faintest suggestion of paying even scant reference to their feelings or extending due courtesy to the important representatives of the people whose opinions they discount as unimportant.
” The people are discerning. They know the impostors. they need not forget the activities of the suborned agitators, the presumed penitent activists. The Ondo people, and indeed Yoruba are the simplest to steer but the foremost difficult to deceive. With them, sophistry and demagoguery have their limits.”