The traditional ruler of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi, on Wednesday, said only the normal rulers within the Yorubaland can decide if there’ll be Oduduwa nation or not.
The monarch during an interview with SaharaReporters said there are factors to think about before the agitation for self-determination of the Yoruba nation are often pursued.
Akanbi stated this while reacting to the statement credited to him as saying whoever is from the region and doesn’t vote for Bola Tinubu in 2023 may be a bastard.
He said, “About endorsing Tinubu, I’m not an official , so I don’t endorse people to vie for political seats. All i used to be trying to mention was that Yoruba people should unite to vote for our own people if the chance presents itself. If you check out me alright , I even have always wanted the unity of the Yoruba people.”
He further stated that within the agitation for Oduduwa nation, Yoruba will consider resources to sustain them among other issues before venturing into the method .
He stated that only Lagos State has the capacity to be financially independent.
“Have you considered the allocation of the civil servants? have you ever considered the way to generate revenue to pay them? have you ever considered the way to be financially independent? as an example , in Osun State, about N2 billion is required to pay civil servants, have you ever considered that?”
“Then, you’ll consider other states. we’ve six states within the South-West, it seems only Lagos State has the capacity. This agitation for self-determination involves wisdom and consideration.”
About the relentless effort of the socio-cultural organisations at the forefront of the agitation, Oluwo of Iwo accused a number of the members of pursuing their own selfish interest.
“The Afenifere has been politicised. it’s only a couple of members among them that have the interest of the Yoruba at bottom . Ask them if they need carried the normal rulers along. In Yorubaland, if they really know history and culture, they ought to know that it’s the paramount rulers that have the ultimate say.”
“In their agitation for Oduduwa nation, have they carried the normal rulers along? they need to stick strictly to the choice of the normal rulers in Yorubaland. I’m talking about the council of Obas in Yorubaland. there’s just one council of traditional rulers, and whatever their decision is, is final.”
“It is when the paramount rulers have close to mention this is often where we are going. Unfortunately, the normal rulers aren’t united. you’ll discover that this one says this, the opposite says that. We cannot achieve anything tangible thereupon . it’s when the normal rulers unite and unanimously speak, that’s once we know that the Yoruba nation is prepared .”