Former governor of Osun State, Chief Bisi Akande, has called on the people agitating for a Yoruba nation to jettison the idea and allow the country to remain as one instead of breaking into different entities.
Akande stated this in Ibadan on Tuesday at the commissioning of a hotel owned by former deputy governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Chief Adebayo Adelabu on the occasion of his 50th birthday celebration.
Some Nigerians had recently announced that they are planning to hold a rally for Oduduwa Republic on October 1. The rally is scheduled to hold in many major capital cities of the world.
But Akande said if Nigeria is allowed to break, Yoruba will be in war for another 100 years.
He asserted that Nigeria should be allowed to remain as one indivisible entity because if it breaks, there is no way a product of war can be at peace. The elder statesman added that Nigeria is a product of war because it came into being with a force of arm after Yoruba people went into 100 years of war.
According to him, many people do not know that Nigeria is the armpit of Africa, which makes most African countries and Western world envy the country.
Akande said that the Francophone world is not comfortable with Nigeria and that they are praying for the country to break because all the Francophone countries in Africa have broken.
“It is because they are failed states that their citizens become bandits and hooligans and started tormenting Nigeria. It is a difficult task to stop crime particularly in a corrupt environment.
“Now that Nigerians are talking about breaking because of difficulties, they don’t know that a man who can not endure will collapse and die, and only enduring country can stay.
“If there is technology to make it break, it is going to be the decision of the present generation,” he added.