Indigenes of Egbaland, both home and abroad, led by Egba Traditional Rulers, Women Chiefs and Leaders have declared their unflinching support for the Alake, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo.
The Oba admonished those beating the drum of war to embrace peace, warning that no nation could accommodate 250 million people as refugees. He also admonished them that Nigeria is better as an indivisible entity and that the black race would fail if Nigeria failed.
The Oba’s comment came a few days after Sunday Igboho declared that Yoruba would no longer be a part of Nigeria.
The Alake’s admonitions were attacked by some social media users who think Nigeria is no longer working and need to split.
Besides the social media tirades, Sunday Igboho’s spokesperson, Olayomi Koiki, did a video, wherein he attacked the Alake, threatening that angry Yoruba youths would invade his palace because he did not support the secession plan.
On Thursday evening, Egba kings, chiefs, women leaders and traders trooped out to tell the Paramount Ruler that they were behind him.
Egba Women Chiefs and Market Leaders, who were led by Iyalode Alaba Lawson, were at the Ake Palace in Abeokuta to show solidarity and renew their loyalty to the king.
Represented by the Otun Iyalode, Lawson told the Alake to continue to stand by his clarion call for justice and peace, not only in Egbaland, but also in Nigeria, saying “we don’t want war in Egbaland.”
According to her, “Egba traders will never allow social media miscreants to insult our revered monarch, in whatever circumstances”
Responding, Oba Gbadebo thanked the Egba women, Obas, Baales, individual visitors, callers as well as Egba High Chiefs for their support to pursue truth and integrity.
He stressed that it was not those who rightly or wrongly caused a war that suffered calamities, but the innocent, especially women, children and the aged.