By Newsie Events:-
Chief Olu Falae, a Nigerian banker, administrator and politician from Akure, Ondo State, former secretary to the military government of Ibrahim Babangida from January 1986 to December 1990 has said that Yorubaland is the glue holding Nigeria together.
Speaking in an interview with Vanguard News, Falae insisted that the South-West is not going anywhere, that it has invested so much into Nigeria’s unity to pursue secession.
He said as a result of the hospitality in the South-West geopolitical zone, other zones makes it their safe haven whenever their zones are in crisis.
The elder statesman said, “We have invested, perhaps, more than most groups in Nigeria. To prove my point, if there is a crisis in the East today, where do people rush to? The South-West. If there is a crisis in the North, where will they run to? The South-West.
“This is the refugee camp of Nigeria. This is where everybody is welcome, accepted and looked after. That is the investment of peace we have been making from time immemorial.
“Yorubaland has been the glue that holds Nigeria. If the South-West says it wants to secede, the Middle-Belt will fight us because they see Yoruba as the cement that holds Nigeria.
“During the Civil War, when the Igbo went home, Governor Mobolaji Johnson looked after their property for them. Rents were in the banks. When they returned, their money was given to them to start life all over again.
“That is a fact. But the property they left in Port Harcourt was taken over by their neighbours. It took several years before some of them were returned to the owners.
“We have demonstrated that we are the most accommodating; we are the cementing culture in Nigeria. So, there is no way we can secede. This is our home.”
On the other hand, Chief Falae highlighted the importance of restructuring the nation which he said would address many of Nigeria’s current challenges.
He, therefore, slammed those accusing Yorubaland of plotting secession with the establishment of Amotekun, the regional security network in the South-West zone.
By Newsie Events:-