The Interior Minister, Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola has blasted Yoruba secessionist apologists by describing them as ignorant and foolish for demanding secession.
Aregbesola, who is a former Osun State governor, said this on Saturday at Ijebu Ijesa, Osun State, at his 64th birthday celebration organised for him by the Awolowo Centre for Philosophy and Ideology.
The former Osun State Governor warned that the crisis that might engulf the country if a war broke out could last for over 50 years.
He said: “My most important message for this gathering is to let you know that those advocating for the Yoruba nation are fools and ignorant of the consequences of their action. Nigeria is the reason the Western nations respect the Blackman globally.
“Maybe these secessionists did not know that if any crisis or war happens in Nigeria now, its fallout will linger for another 50 years. So we must guide this unity jealously. Although things are not perfect yet, I believe we should rather advocate better government rather than agitate for secession.”
Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, who addressed the gathering through telephone, commended Aregbesola for laying a good standard for the development of Osun State when he served as governor.
Meanwhile, Oduduwa Republic agitator, Chief Sunday Adeyemo, popularly called Sunday Igboho, on Saturday evening stormed Ado Ekiti, Ekiti State capital, for the Yoruba Nation rally organised by Ilana Omo Ooodua, led by Prof Banji Akintoye.