Yoruba monar­chs meet at Awo’s home, de­mand new gen­er­a­tion of politi­cians

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Peter Moses, Abeokuta

Yoruba monar­chs led by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Eni­tan Ogun­wusi and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi yes­ter­day met at the res­i­dence of the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo, in Ikenne, de­mand­ing new gen­er­a­tion of politi­cians ready to pro­tect and de­fend in­ter­est of the Yoruba na­tion.

They spoke at a work­shop or­gan­ised by the Yoruba Unity Fo­rum with the theme “State Of The Na­tion: Yoruba, Where Are We?”.

Ogun­wusi ex­pressed re­gret that there was sheer lack of unity in Yoruba na­tion, say­ing un­til Yoruba are united, Nige­ria’s unity in di­ver­sity may never be ac­com­plished.

The Ooni of Ife main­tained that, tribal and eth­nic crises in Nige­ria have re­mained un­abated be­cause they tend to flow from the dis­unity among Yoruba lead­ers.

“We have al­low de­cep­tion, mis­trust to di­vide us as a na­tion. It was the colo­nial mas­ters that dis­torted our his­tory. Yoruba na­tion is the home of civ­i­liza­tion and struc­ture of the po­lit­i­cal ad­min­is­tra­tion. We should be ex­am­ples for other na­tion in Nige­ria.”

On his part, Alaafin, rep­re­sented by the Ba­sorun Oy­omesi, Yusuf Olayinka, equally agreed that the crop gen­er­a­tion of politi­cians had failed, say­ing there was need to em­u­late Awolowo who ac­cord­ing to him lived a self­less life.

Ear­lier in his ad­dress, the chair­man of the fo­rum, Arch­bishop Ayo Ladig­bolu, said the Yoruba na­tion had a role to play in the sus­te­nance of Nige­ria’s unity and put the na­tion on a stable course.

Other dig­ni­taries who spoke at the work­shop were Olubadan of Ibadan, Oba Ade­tunji; Aare OnaKankafo, Chief Gani Adams; for­mer gov­er­nor of Oyo State, Vic­tor Olun­loyo; Sen­a­tor Femi Okun­rounmu; Chief Yinka Odu­makin and Dr Tokunbo Do­sun­muA­wolowo.

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