Restructuring: Yoruba Leaders Call For Regional Administration

Yoruba leaders from all walks of life have declared that the only agenda supported by the Yoruba nations is a return to the regional administration as practiced by the founding fathers of Nigeria, where all regions are empowered to govern their people and control their resources at their own pace.

In a 16 point communique which has been adopted as the Ibadan Declaration, the leaders insist on reconstituting Nigeria into six main autonomous regional zones, with Abuja the FCT maintaining status quo.

The Communique signed by the summit chairman Aare Afe Bablola (SAN) and read by Yinka Odumakin also posited that States must be empowered to great Local governments and assign duties to them in line with regional resource control.

Traditional and opinion leaders, politicians, and other dignitaries from all walks of life attended the event.

South West Leaders Meet, Insist On Restructuring Of Nigeria

South West Leaders Meet, Insist On Restructuring Of Nigeria
A Yoruba leader, Pa Ayo Adebanjo

The leaders of the Yoruba race in South West Nigeria have resolved to push harder for the restructuring of the country before the next general elections.

This, they intend to achieve by setting up a high powered committee to rouse the people to network with other people of like minds across the country.

The plan was one of the major resolutions of the meeting of the leaders of the group known as the Afenifere in Akure, Ondo State, country home of its National Leader, Pa Reuben Fasoranti.

The meeting which had the theme ‘Yoruba Rise For Restructuring’, was well attended by Yoruba leaders with the Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, also in attendance.

At the end of the meeting which lasted for about four hours, the Publicity Secretary of the organization, Yinka Odumakin read the communique.

The leaders expressed worry by the mass killings going on in Southern Kaduna, Oke-Ogun, Oyo State, among the Igbos and all over Nigeria.

The meeting also cautioned that there is urgency to insist that the country must be restructured before going into another election as it cannot continue to slide dangerously the way along the path of anarchy and total disintegration.

Also, the leaders unanimously agreed to get all hands on deck for mobilisation towards the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 national conference.

The roll call of leaders present at the meeting are: former Secretary to Federal Government, Olu Falae; Secretary General of Afenifere, Chief Sehinde Arogbofa; former Senators Adegbenga Kaka and Iyiola Omisore.

Others include Chief Bode George, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Prof. Banji Akintoye, Pa Cornelius Adebayo and Chief Kole Omololu.

Two of the leaders who spoke to newsmen; Prof. Banji Akintoye and Chief Bode George, also emphasized empowerment, restructuring as well as the implementation of the 2014 national conference recommendations.

The meeting also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to confirm the appointment of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen and equally commended the outgoing governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko for good governance in the state.

Yoruba Leaders Begin New Political Movement

south westYoruba citizens from all walks of life across various political divides in Nigeria are coming together under the ”Yoruba Patriots Movement” to present a common front in negotiations and alliances to reposition the South West ahead of 2019 general elections.

Rising from a National Colloquium held in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State, notable Yoruba leaders of thoughts agreed that there was an urgent need for the Yoruba nation to be united and present a common agenda for sectoral improvement especially in education.

The National Colloquium with the theme, ‘Resetting the Yoruba Nation’s Agenda for Rapid. Systematic and sustainable Development’, brought together notable leaders of thought in Yoruba land across several party platforms.

The Forum agreed that unity of purpose across board on all issues of National importance as it affects the region must henceforth drive all agitations of the group, as they reset agenda for future development.

With those submissions from elder statesmen from the south west region, the agenda was laid out for the new movement which would provide a political pedestal for a common vision and voice irrespective of party or religious affiliations.

The National coordinator of the group Dr. Dosu Ladipo, laid emphasis on the agenda for the forum.

The Chairman of the Colloquium, Bisi Akande, said it was time to close ranks and put forward a Yoruba agenda capable of achieving even development of the region and engendering National progress.

In their separate presentations, Ambassador Yemi Faronbi and Dr. Kunle Olajide bemoaned the state of the Yoruba race in the present day Nigeria, claiming that the race has become a target for oppression and is being neglected.

A similar forum was held by all political leaders under the All Progressives Congress at the Oyo State Governor’s office also in Ibadan to fashion a way forward for the party within the region.

However, this Colloquium is bigger, as more than eight political parties were represented to begin fresh alliances on behalf of the South West Zone against 2019 general elections and beyond.

Islamic Clerics Seek Support For Buhari’s Anti-Corruption Drive

budget-Buhari-FECIslamic Clerics, Yoruba leaders, other tribes and some residents in the Southwest have come together to ask Nigerians to lend their supports to the anit- corruption of the Buhari administration.

They believe the fight against corruption would further unite the country beyond religious and ethnic sentiments.

The group added that no religious or ethnic group must be seen taking sides with any accused persons nor attempt to protect them but rather they must support efforts by anti corruption agencies of the government to clean up Nigeria.

Reiterating that the roles of religion in nation building can not be over emphasised, speakers at the conference posited that religious leaders must re-strategise and commit to selflessness and godliness to restore integrity.

The forum also advocated an overwhelming support for all anti corruption apparatus of government in their bid to restore sanity and abolish corruption in all sectors of the Nigerian economy.

The group also condemned the violence in parts of the northeast, urging the government to speed up efforts to achieve more success in the fight against terrorism.

On Saturday, a village in Borno State, Dalori was attacked, with at least 85 persons killed and over 60 injured.

No group has claimed responsibility for the attack that bears the mark of the Boko Haram terrorists.

Yoruba Summit Condemns Fulani Herdsmen’s Attacks

fulani-herdsmenYoruba Leaders from all Yoruba speaking states in Nigeria and from the Diaspora have deliberated on the way out of the incessant unwarranted attacks on their kinsmen by Fulani herdsmen.

Gathered at the House of Chiefs Secretariat in Ibadan on Friday, the Yoruba leaders cited the recent abduction of elder statesman, Chief Olu Falae, as an appalling example.

The summit said that it would no longer tolerate such brazen and mindless attacks on its people.

The Summit noted that despite the fact that they matchetted, molested, demanded and got ransom paid before the release of Mr Falae, the herdsmen were back on his farm on Monday, October 6 and have commenced grazing on the same parcel of land where he was forcefully taken.

They demanded immediate end to the lawless nomadic cattle grazing in Yoruba land and asked all those who want to engage in cattle business in any part of the land to do animal husbandry by establishing ranches, as Yorubas would no longer tolerate further encroachment on their farmlands and brutal attacks on them.

The group called on President Muhammadu Buhari to take urgent measures to put an end to the nefarious activities of Fulani herdsmen in the southwest.

The summit also asked the Federal Government to ensure immediate arrest and prosecution of the abductors of Mr Falae and all perpetrators of the violent crimes which had been reported at different police stations in Yoruba land arising from cattle rearing activities.

The summit further demanded an immediate restructuring of Nigeria with the implementation of the report of 2014 National Conference as a starting point on the way to true federalism.

With obvious anger on their faces and in their submissions, the summit came up with three recommendations in a communique after long hours of extensive discussions on the way out of what they described as the ugliest form of oppression on their own lands.

The 3-point communique, which was read by Dr. Kunle Olajide, sought to put an end to all grazing activities of Fulani herdsmen on private farmlands.

The Leader of the Oodua Peoples’ Congress, Dr. Fredrick Faseun, also told Journalists that such acts would no longer be tolerated and called on President Buhari to do something urgently about it.

Yoruba Leaders Endorse Jonathan, Hopeful Of Confab Recommendations’ Implementation

yoruba leadersYoruba leaders on Friday endorsed President Goodluck Jonathan for a second term in office, expressing hopes that he is the only leader capable of implementing the recommendations of the National Conference held last year without any alteration.

The resolution was adopted in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, at a gathering that had in attendance leaders from all walks of life.  They gathered to discuss the future of Nigeria at a post-National Conference Summit.

In a 10 point communique read by the chairman of the summit, Ayo Adebanjo, the Yoruba leaders unanimously endorsed Goodluck Jonathan for president.

The resolution was not reached lightly as Yoruba leaders from all the six south-west States deliberated for nearly five hours on the future of the race within the context of a united and prosperous nation.

Nigeria With High Hopes

The convener of the post-CONFAB summit, the Ondo State Governor, Mr Olusegun Mimiko, in his opening address told the gathering that true federalism, which empowered regionalism, remained the pedestal on which every dream of the Yorubas’ rest.

A former Attorney General of the Federation, Richard Akinjide, described the recommendations of the conference as the needed panacea for a Nigeria with high hopes and stability.

The 10 point communique was jointly drafted by members of a pan Yoruba political group, the Afenifere, at least six political parties, the academia, technocrats and civil society organisations captured issues of devolution of powers, regional autonomy, community and state police,  the fiat for regional and social services among others.

At an earlier meeting of the leaders held on February 20, the Afenifere, called on the government to implement the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference as it relates to the interest of the Yoruba nation.

Addressing the group at that meeting, Governor Mimiko emphasised the benefits of the recommendations of the national conference to the Yoruba nation if implemented.

According to Dr. Mimiko, the summit was of uttermost importance, especially as Nigeria prepares for a general election.

Ogun Announces Nat’l Conference Delegates

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun

The Ogun State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun has announced the names of the state representatives to the forth coming National Conference scheduled to hold in the nation’s capital, Abuja later in the year.

Governor Amosun charged members of the delegation to use their wealth of experience to chart a course for the continued existence and unity of the country.

Members of the state delegation include, Sir Olamiwun Ajayi, Senator Biyi Durojaiye, Pastor Tunde Bakare, Mr Fola Adeola, Mr Bisi Adegbuyi, amongst others.

The Yoruba Assembly on National Conference had over a week earlier unveiled its agenda for the National Conference, with issues of parliamentary system, fiscal federalism and regional police taking pre-eminence.

The meeting which held at the residence of Sir Olanihun Ajayi in Ishara, Ogun State, was attended by the Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi and other notable Yoruba leaders from the six states of the South West.

Yoruba Assembly Unveils Nat’l Conference Agenda

The Yoruba assembly on National Conference has unveiled its agenda for the National Conference coming up later in the year with issues of parliamentary system, fiscal federalism and regional police taking pre-eminence.

The meeting which held at the residence of Sir Olanihun Ajayi in Ishara, Ogun State, was attended by the Governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi and other notable Yoruba leaders from the six states of the South West.

Yoruba Forum Claims Marginalisation, Calls Jonathan To Fix It

The Yoruba Unity Forum, led by the chairman and matriarch of the Awolowo dynasty, Mrs Hannah Idowu Dideolu (HID) Awolowo has accused the current political dispensation of marginalising the Yourba ethnic group and have now called on President Goodluck Jonathan to fix the situation.

At the general meeting of the forum, held at the Efunyela hall in Ikenne, Ogun state in south west Nigeria, Mrs Awolowo challenged traditional rulers and political leaders of Yoruba extraction, not to allow their personal interests to override the collective interest of the race in the quest to remain relevant in the socio-economic and political setting of the country.

The meeting aimed as another avenue towards forging a common ground to achieve the much needed peace and harmony among the Yorubas, was attended by major Yoruba leaders including the former deputy governor of Lagos and former governor of Ogun state, Mrs Kofoworola Bucknor Akerele, Mr Gbenga Daniel as well as traditional rulers from the ethnic group.

The former governor of the state, Gbenga Daniel while commending the steps being taken by Yoruba leaders towards ensuring unity of purpose among the Yorubas, charged them to take their destinies in their hands if the race is to remain relevant in the scheme of things in the country.

The highpoint of the general meeting was the ratification and adoption of the constitution of the forum which is expected to form the guiding principles of the forum towards achieving its aims and objectives.