Ilana Omo Oodua, a Yoruba self-determination group, has come hard on the Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, describing him a frustrated man who will continue to wallow in the web of frustration until the Yoruba Nation becomes a reality.
The group was reacting to comments credited to the minister where he tagged Yoruba Nation agitators as foolish and ignorant for seeking secession.
“Any right-thinking person should know that any problem against Nigeria will result in calamity and retrogression.
“Those calling for secession are just being foolish,” Aregbesola was quoted in Ijebu Jesha on Saturday during an event to mark his 64th birthday.
The Yoruba self determination group, however is a statement on Sunday by its Media Communications Secretary, Maxwell Adeleye, described Aregbesola as “a frustrated agent of the Caliphate whose Interior ministry is in charge of the Department of Immigration under whom foreign herdsmen invaded our land with impunity.”
“For Aregbesola to call the age mates of his father foolish shows that he lacks the much-coveted Yoruba Omoluabi ethos”, the group said.
The statement further reads: “He (Aregbesola) threatened Yoruba people with war 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 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.
“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.”