Rotimi Akeredolu, the governor of Ondo state, says he is married to a woman from the south-east and cannot support secession in Nigeria.
Akeredolu made this statement when the Senate Committee on the Review of 1999 Constitution paid him a courtesy call in Akure, the capital of Ondo state, on Tuesday night, May 25.
Deputy Senate majority leader and Senator representing Ondo North Senatorial District, Prof. Ajayi Borrofice, is leading a committee that will hold a public hearing on the review of the 1999 constitution (as amended). The event will be held at the International Centre for Culture and Events (DOME), in Akure, the capital of Ondo State.
In his welcome address to the lawmakers, Akeredolu said people are losing confidence in Nigeria as a number of issues have been allowed to fester for too long. Consequently, he urged Senators to listen to public complaints during today’s public hearing.
In my circumstances, I cannot support secession. My wife is from South-East, and my sons have married outside the South-West. However, strong points have been made. Everyone wants fairness and federalism. These are the key areas. Is this how a federal government should be run? Is it inclusive? What does a fair representation look like? People are concerned. This constitution review, your efforts, I pray it should be accepted. Our people believe that there must be dialogue. People are saying we want national dialogue. How we convoke it, I don’t know. I believe those are issues we must look at" Akeredolu said
The governor who said the people are already frustrated declared that the incessant crises between the farmers and herders cannot be overlooked in the course of the public hearing.
“It is not easy to wish herders/farmers clash away. Our people are on the edge. What are we saying about police? Are we stressing multi-level policing? Are we taking about state police? I believe opportunities are there for us in this country" he said