There was a mild drama on Saturday in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital, as the traditional ruler Oba Rufus Adeyemo Aladesanmi III, the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, refused to welcome the popular Yoruba Freedom Fighter, Sunday Adeyemo, otherwise known as Sunday Igboho to his palace.
Newsflash Nigeria gathered that Sunday Igboho, stormed Ado Ekiti , the Ekiti State capital, with hundreds of agitators, saying no going back on the demand for Yoruba nation.
The agitators who converged at Old garage area, Ado Ekiti, for the rally as early as 8 am later moved to the popular Fajuyi Park area of the town where Igboho was received by the crowd.
The agitators who are armed with placards grounded social and commercial activities within the town while roads were blocked, hindering vehicular movements for several hours.
Newsflash Nigeria gathered that there was a heavy presence of security operatives including the police, the Department of State Services, and the Amotekun Corps at the venue.
A security operative, who preferred anonymity, said they are at the venue “to prevent the breakdown of the law and order and ensure miscreants do not hijack the rally”.
The agitators also expressed their readiness for the Yoruba nation away from Nigeria.
Sunday Igboho who arrived Ado-Ekiti around 5:02pm was received by thousands of residents and agitators who had gathered for the event since around 8am.
He decided to visit the traditional ruler Oba Rufus Adeyemo Aladesanmi III, the Ewi of Ado Ekiti.
The agitators however experienced a major setback as the Ewi of Ado Ekiti refused entrance into his palace. A man was heard during the broadcast saying; ‘Oba ordered them to close the gate.’
Sunday Igboho who was desperate to see the traditional ruler had to jump over the fence together with few of his followers so as to gain entry into the palace.
In the live broadcast shared by his spokesman on Facebook, Sunday Igboho left the palace angrily upon seeing that Rufus Adeyemo would not show up.
Later, Igboho addressing the enthusiastic crowd, he lamented the suffering of Yoruba people in the hands of criminal Fulani herdsmen, saying all hands must be on deck to achieve the desired aim of secession.
He declared that the 2023 general elections would not hold in the region unless the Oduduwa republic is created, calling on all stakeholders to support him and other leaders in achieving it.
He said: “I am sorry for coming late and I want to really apologise for this. I went to a meeting with some Yoruba leaders that was the reason I came late.
“Today, we are here to sensitise our people that we can no longer ensure the sufferings being meted out to us by Fulani feudal lord’s. We are no longer slaves under them.
“The South has oil and water and other natural resources, but Fulani are the ones enjoying them. Most of our university graduates are Okada riders being what our politicians who tell lies recklessly have made us to be.
“Enough is enough for the Fulani colonisation in our land. We have all the natural resources but it is the Fulani people that are controlling it. It is enough. We have a lot of our youths that are graduate but no job for them, that should not be the case.
“This is the reason we said it is enough, we are not going to work with them. We will not vote in 2023, if there is no referendum, that is the truth. The election won’t hold.
“You can see what the criminal Fulani are doing in our land, killing us, kidnapping and raping our women. People can no longer go to farms for fear of being killed. As from today, we will begin to enter the bushes to chase out Fulani from our land. We don’t want them again.”
“Yoruba is the most educated race in Nigeria, but are these graduates getting jobs, no. Rather, our politicians would be buying motorbikes for them for Okada riding. This was wrong and would have to stop. Can they allow their children to ride Okada?
“Today, they have shared everything that belongs to Nigeria among themselves. The President is a Fulani man, the Inspector General of Police, Director General of the Department of State Services, the Chief of Army Staff, Chairmen of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agencies and Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and Comptrollers General of Immigration and Customs are all Fulanis.
“They said they gave us the Vice President, who was a mere spare tyre.
“Let me say this emphatically, we won’t vote in the Southwest in 2023. We need a government of our own. The Fulanis are kidnapping us and collecting ransoms, killing and raping us and our leaders were watching because of politics. This were no longer tolerable
“The next line of action now is that, we are entering the bush to chase away these Fulani herders. We don’t want them on our lands again. We will pursue them just like I have been saying”, he stated.
Also speaking, the media communication secretary of Ilana Omo Oodua group, Maxwell Adeleye said the rally was aimed at sensitising the people of Ekiti on the need for the creation of Oduduwa nation.
According to him, “We at Ilana Omo Oodua, supported by well-meaning Yoruba people within and beyond the shores of Nigeria will continue to mobilise and educate our people on the dangers associated with our continuous stay in Nigeria.
“We are ready and our people are ready. The rally today is to sensitise the good people of Ekiti state to start preaching the gospel in all the nooks and crannies of Ekiti state. We shall succeed and triumph against the gighota. We shall rescue our land from the jaw of under-development.
“Our continuous stay in Nigeria is slowing down our progress. We were progressing and excelling well in all ramifications before the coup of 1966 which has dragged us 60 years backward. The only panacea is for the Yoruba people to have their independence from Nigeria and that shall be achieved peacefully and logically without violence.”