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‘It is unwise and inappropriate to tell Igboho to stay out of Ondo’ Femi Fani Kayode Replies Governor Akeredolu

-Remi Ajayi


Former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani Kayode has descended heavily on the Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu who earlier warned Yoruba freedom fighter, Sunday Igboho and his supporters to steer clear of Ondo State in their clamour for a sovereign Yoruba State.


The Governor while swearing in the State SSG, Princess Oladunni Odu some days ago said  no part of the entire state, known and delineated as Ondo State, would permit any gathering or agitation which may suggest, however remotely, that the people are in support of what he termed ‘unthinking rabble rousing.’

In a reply to Governor Akeredolu, Chief Femi Fani Kayode on his social media claimed ‘Ondo State is is part and parcel of Yorubaland and it would be a grave error on the part of Governor Akeredolu or anyone else to assume that the majority of people in his state are against the establishment of Oduduwa Republic or they do not have the right to meet or even talk about it. I think it is unwise, inappropriate and counterproductive to tell them to stay out of Ondo State’.


Self acclaimed Yoruba activist, Igboho had demanded the secession of South-West from Nigeria. His declaration sparked divergent reactions from Nigerians.


During his declaration, Igboho said the major resources of Nigeria were in the hands of Northerners, stressing that Yorubas were being killed and their land taken over.

“If the police attack us for that, we are ready for them. We do not want Nigeria again but the Yoruba nation. There is no essence for one Nigeria when the major resources in the country are in the hands of the northerners.

LCDA Creation: Akeredolu Must Guard against Politicization of Process – Kayode Ajulo

It was with applaudable interest in far away Europe that I read about the constitution of an 11-member Committee set up by His Excellency, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State whose sole responsibility was to recommend to the State government the procedure for the creation of Local Council Development Development Areas (LCDA) out of the existing 18 Local Government Areas in the State and would later submit reports within 3 months with effect from day of inauguration.

The decision of the government of Ondo State with regard to creating Local Council Development Areas,LCDA, as reported, is both noble and worthy. It smacks of profundity of priority on the path of Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu’s government.

It’s very commendable, and I congratulate the government and people of Ondo State on this welcome development. Before this decision, there have been signposts of several intentions from this government. This would only lend measures of credence to them.

The way I see it, the fruition of the plan would bring good consequences, both in sociopolitical and other terms. Apart from the fact that such creations will make government more accessible to the people, it also carries the potentiality of spreading social amenities to farther reaches and make citizens more involving in political affairs.

The prospects of the new council areas are many with their multiplier effects. But the government must ensure that make certain that it gives the plan as much credibility and objectivity as it deserves. The processes and procedures must be given utmost transparency and fairness so that it doesn’t along the way wear a coloration of political oestentations.

There’s denying that with the calibre of men who are on the board of the committee as chaired by Lanke Odogiyan, Esq, a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association and Mr. Deji Akinwalere, managing the Secretariat, the people can take fairness for granted in the handlings of the state assignments. The government on its own too should be above board and encourage the committee to do its bid without interference.

With the full support and cooperation of the people, these manner of men are those whose works will sure raise the bar and add great value to the people: Charles Titiloye, Esq, Mrs. Yinka Oladapo Alabi, Yinka Adeyosoye, Esq, Chief Bunmi Fasonu, A. A Akindele Esq, Mrs. G Mojisola Ajayi, Chief Ojo George Fajemilusi, Surveyor Gani Agunbiade, and the egg-head Ajose Kudehinbu, retired Head of Service in the State, who has incorruptibly worked with me and of tremendous support when I was Chairman of the State’s Board and whose dossier of distinctions is in public places.

As the government moves a step further to inaugurate the committee by Governor Akeredolu on Thursday, 21st March, 2019, with three months to submit its report thereafter, it is important to say the need for the people and government to give these illustrious citizens all the support they deserve to do a tidy job of the enormous task.

In the meantime, citizens, community and opinion leaders across across religious and political divides should blur whatever differences and encourage the government to midwife this vision successfully.

It is therefore imperative for the people of Ondo State acrossboard to support Governor Rotimi Akeredolu so that more development projects would be executed in the towns and villages in the state as orchestrated and engineered through this masses-friendly initiative.

-Kayode Ajulo, PhD
Castle of Law,
Ealing, UB6, London