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There will be no Yoruba nation, Samwo-Olu knocks Igboho and other agitators

Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has ruled out the creation of a Yoruba nation out the 61-year-old Nigeria.

According to the Governor, there is strength in togetherness while calling on over 200 million Nigerians to utilise the numerical strength and the beauty of diversity of the West African nation to foster economic prosperity and political stability.

Recently, Sunday Igboho has been leading several protests in South West states, calling for the break away of the Yorubas from Nigeria.

Sanwo-Olu who spoke on Monday while featuring on Arise TV’s “The Morning Show” programme however, stressed that it is important for fairness and equity to take their rightful places in the governance of the country so that no group is aggrieved or feels sidelined in the running of Nigeria.

He said: “We are talking about separatists. I have only one passport, there is nowhere I am going. We are here, we cannot continue to gloss over it and talk about we want to break away. Even if any breakaway will start, it will end on a table, so, let’s create that table amongst ourselves and start talking.

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“If we understand that there are different strengths in the room, let equity and fairness come into play, let’s understand what are the things you have that is bothering you and what are the things you don’t have that you want to have and let’s be able to resolve it.

“It is not by saying that we want to go (our separate ways). Oduduwa nation, when they come, they will now realise that even Egba, Ijebu and Ekiti, they also want to break away, they will never see an end to that because every clan and every race will also want something and that is where it is difficult.

“There is strength in number, let us utilise that strength and be able to work for all of us. It is when it is not working and it is perceived as nepotism, that is when people agitate. If we are fair and have a seat for everyone, we can take this country forward. Nobody wants a war. We never know how a war will end. Who is going to take us? Over 200 million people? Please, let’s be sincere and be real with ourselves.”

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