By Newsie ED:-
Elder Statesman and former Governor of Oyo State, Rashidi Ladoja on Thursday, revealed that the Northern part of the country are also to secede from the country.
This comes following the continued agitations by some groups in the South West and the South East for the carving out of Oduduwa Republic and Biafra Republic from Nigeria. Ladoja noted that the North has actually been working assiduously to ensure a smooth take-off of probably Arewa Republic, while the South West and South East have been talking too much.
The Elder statesman made this known while speaking with journalists in an interview in his house at Bodija, Ibadan after he observed this year’s Eid-el-Fitr prayer at the University of Ibadan Central Mosque and also hosted top politicians at his residence, including Senator Teslim Folarin, representing Oyo Central; Senator Abdulfatai Buhari, representing Oyo North in the National Assembly and the Ajia Balogun Olubadan, Chief Adegboyega Adegoke.
Answering question on agitation for self-determination in the country, Ladoja said: “Let us start with tolerance. At certain level, people will be talking, but we only know the beginning of a war, not the end. Nobody will remember how the war in Syria started and it is still on for years. And everything they built is being destroyed. So, I think we have to do it softly. We have started democracy. We are not happy with the way it is going.
“But even Quran says there will be time when God will give you good leaders; there will be time when the leaders that you are given by God are not as good because He wants you people to see the difference. We should assume that this too will pass. It started six years ago. In another two years, it will go. If you are saying because of that you want to go or do don’t want to go, who even tells you that the north is not even getting ready to go?
“Let us look at it that you people in the South are talking too much, and the people up North are acting too much. In Yorubaland, we talk too much. Even, people that don’t know anything about what the idea is all about will also speak on it.
“The North is also preparing to leave and they are working at it. Do you think it is a mistake that they are constructing railway to Niger Republic when we have not built railway from Ibadan to Kano, not even Abuja, and they said that is the first place we are going to spend our money? Can’t the refinery in Kaduna be repaired? Why are they saying they would build another refinery in Daura (Katsina State)? And they would be bringing crude oil from Niger Republic to the place. Don’t let us deceive ourselves, maybe a time will come when all of us will sit down together and separate peacefully.
“We have seen examples of countries that separated. We have two examples. One, Czechoslovakia went their separate ways peacefully, and they are still friendly allies. But Yugoslavia went into war. So, when we continue talking and engagements, if we cannot live together again, all of us will know that there is no reason to fight to keep the entity together any longer.”
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