By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The umbrella body of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, Ilana Omo Oodua on Sunday lashed out at the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for purportedly describing agitators of Yoruba nation as “foolish”.
Ilana Omo Oodua in a statement made available to newsmen by its Media Communications Secretary, Maxwell Adeleye said with such statement from Ogbeni Aregbesola, it shows that he ” lacks the much coveted Yoruba Omoluabi ethos”
According to the body, it was wrong for the former governor of Osun state to be making such a derogatory statement as a former governor in a Yoruba state.
” We at Ilana Omo Oodua, the umbrella body of Yoruba Self-Determination Groups, under the leadership of Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye, want to say very expressly that for Aregbesola to call the agemate of his father foolish shows that he lacks the much coveted Yoruba Omoluabi ethos”, it said
The body added, “Aregbesola was governor in Osun State for eight years and he governed the people. It is very unfortunate if he said Yoruba Nation Agitators are foolish. Was he saying that the over 40,000 people who participated in the Yoruba Nation rally in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State yesterday were foolish?
“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” .
Ilana Omo Oodua stressed in the statement “He is merely expressing his frustration that the Yoruba Nation self-determination crowd, passionate and determined, is increasing, from one state to another, against the expectations of the Caliphate he speaks for”.
“Aregbesola is currently serving those who are against the liberation of the Yoruba Nation. He is therefore just trying to impress his equally frustrated pay masters – the Fulani dominated Federal Government, who are determined to frustrate our freedom, but we are putting it to him that he and his likes have failed.
” 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. Aregbesola is a frustrated man and he 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.”
Ilana Omo Oodua lamented that Ogbeni Aregbesola’s “Interior ministry is in charge of the Department of Immigration under whom foreign herdsmen invaded our land with impunity”, adding, ” he 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!”
” Has Aregbesola issued a statement to condemn the actions of the Fulani Herdsmen that had declared war on the Yoruba people under his watch? Aregbesola was governor in Osun State for eight years and he governed the people. It is very unfortunate if he said Yoruba Nation Agitators are foolish. Was he saying that the over 40,000 people who participated in the Yoruba Nation rally in Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State yesterday were foolish?