Yoruba leaders condemn Obasanjo's govt, score Yar'Adua high

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Yoruba leaders condemn Obasanjo’s govt, score Yar’Adua high

By Tope Abiola – 04.04.2008

Yoruba leaders from the six states in the South West on Thursday unanimously condemned former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s eight year’s administration, describing it as a waste.

Rising from a meeting in Ibadan, Oyo State, on Thursday, the Yoruba leaders gave credence to the 10-month old President Umaru Yar’Adua’s administration, saying that “he has been doing well.”

They claimed that Obasanjo’s regime was a curse, rather than being a blessing to the Yoruba nation. They expressed the optimism that the revelations that had been emerging in the country since the inception of Yar’Adua’s government would lead to the arrest and trial of the former president.

The closed-door meeting, which was held under the auspices of the Justice Kayode Eso-led Yoruba Reconciliation Committee, had in attendance the president of the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), General Adeyinka Adebayo; the acting chairman of Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoranti; the Deputy National Chairman, Chief Olu Falae; Secretary of the YCE, Dr. Tunji Otegbeye; Secretary, Afenifere, Senator Femi Okunrounmu; Bishop Bolanle Gbonigi, Professor Kayode Oyediran, Professor Bayo Olateju and Professor (Mrs.) Ayo Ogunseye.

Briefing journalists at the end of the meeting, a participant, Chief Falae, said the meeting was convened following the leaders’ concern for the survival, unity and progress of the Yoruba nation.

“The Yoruba had not been fairly treated by the subsequent governments in the country, even when a Yoruba man was president. And the feeling in the country is that we have had our own slot. We cannot feel happy if our race is in crisis and disarray, hence, this meeting,” Falae said.




Esho, Falae, others to reconcile Yoruba leaders

Written by Ola Ajayi  
Friday, 04 April 2008
A retired Justice of Supreme Court, Justice Kayode Esho, at the head of a group of  notable Yoruba leaders have commenced initiation to broker peace among the feuding parties in the South-West zone.

Also in the Yoruba Reconciliation Committee are the presidential  candidate of Democratic Party Alliance (DPA), in the April 2007 election, Chief Olu Falae; Senator Femi Okurounmu, Deputy National Chairman, Afenifere,  General Adeyinka Adebayo (retd), National President, Yoruba Council of Elders(YCE); Chief Reuben Fasoranti, Acting Chairman, Afenifere, Bishop Bolanle Gbonigi, and Dr. Tunji Otegbeye, Secretary, YCE. They met in Ibadan yesterday.

Briefing newsmen on the meeting, Justice Esho explained that it was meant to forge unity in Yorubaland and further strengthen the common cord that tied the race together.

Also speaking, Chief Falae reiterated that in view of the crises that had engulfed the Yoruba nation in the past few years, the group deemed it fit that there should be a unifying force that would tighten the broken cord of unity and progress.

He said, “ I am here because of my concern for the survival, unity and progress of the Yoruba nation. For several years, we have been in crises. Virtually, every sphere of life in  Yoruba is in crisis. There is crisis in the political and social circles.”

He explained further that it was regrettable that the zone did not get anything meaningful when a Yoruba man was the president, arguing that “now that a non-Yoruba is there, it means we have to gird our loins together. We have to come together and form a common front so that we get fair treatment which eluded us during the last regime.

“We can’t feel happy if our people are hungry and poor. We held the meeting to find how we can recreate unity in Yoruba. All Yoruba people regardless of group or political affiliation should come together,” said he.



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One Response to “Yoruba leaders condemn Obasanjo's govt, score Yar'Adua high”

  1. Remi-Niyi says:

    Even after surviving last night’s sacrifices, one should not to crowat dawn, lest the fox is about on its chicken run.

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