The apex body of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, Ilana Omo Oodua, has fired back at the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola over his comments against those who are seeking secession.
Aregbesola on Saturday while speaking at a function called those who are agitating for Yoruba and Biafra nations ”foolish”.
The minister said, “Any right-thinking person should know that any problem against Nigeria will result in calamity and retrogression.”
Meanwhile, Ilana Omo Oodua, in a statement issued on Sunday described Aregbesola as “a frustrated agent of the Caliphate. His Interior ministry is in charge of the Department of Immigration under whom foreign herdsmen invaded our land with impunity.
The group under the leadership of Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, in the statement by the group’s Media Communications Secretary, Maxwell Adeleye said, “for Aregbesola to call the agemate of his father foolish shows that he lacks the much-coveted Yoruba Omoluabi ethos”.
“He(Aregbesola) threatened Yoruba people with war yesterday, and within hours, Igangan, Ibarapa Zone of Oyo State was invaded by murderous herdsmen leading to scores of Yoruba people being killed and properties worth millions of Naira destroyed!”
The group fumed, saying Aregbesola is a frustrated man and will keep wallowing in the web of frustration until the Yoruba people decisively achieve their independence from the hegemony of those who Aregbesola is trying to impress.
“The power of the people is the ultimate in a democracy. No dictator has ever defeated the collective will of the people. Aregbesola and his cabal will fail.
“Was he saying that the Osun State people that he governed and who are currently at the forefront of the Yoruba Nation agitation are foolish? We were in Osogbo, Osun State and the crowd of people that received us was so huge. Was Aregbesola saying those people are foolish?
“We in Ilana Omo Oodua know that we are not foolish and that the people who Aregbesola governed in Osun State are not foolish.” the group noted.