Oodua Consultative Forum (OCF), a Yoruba socio-cultural group, says it is ready to contribute its quota toward peaceful coexistence among Nigerians.
The group, led by its National President, Mr Oyemade Adebisi, made this known in Abeokuta on Saturday when it paid a visit to the Alake and Paramount ruler of Egba Land, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo.
Adebisi, who said that the group was a Yoruba non-governmental organisation registered by Cooperate Affairs Commission, emphasised its readiness to contribute to the growth and development of Nigeria.
According to him, the security of the Yoruba race is of paramount importance to the group.
He said that in view of that disposition, the group would go round schools to promote the Yoruba culture and tradition among the youth.
He added that the group was ready to cooperate with all tiers of government while ensuring harmonious and peaceful relationship with other socio-cultural groups in the country.
“Oodua Consultative Forum is a socio-cultural organisation` fighting` for the restoration of the Yoruba culture, tradition, economy, and political dignity.
“The group also promotes the spirit of unity, equity, peace, and progress among ethnic groups in Nigeria and is out to also engender one indivisible Nigeria,” Adebisi said.
Adebisi expressed appreciation to the paramount ruler for contributing his own quota to the growth and development of Ogun State and the country in general.
In his response, the Alake of Egba Land advised the leadership of the group to uphold the culture and tradition of the Yoruba.
Gbadebo averred that peaceful coexistence between the tribes and different ethnic groups in Nigeria would go a long way toward the continuous growth and development of the country.
The monarch urged the group to participate in the Feb. 2020 Lisabi festival in Abeokuta.
He said that he would be present at the official inauguration of the forum in Abeokuta on Sept. 7.
Media mogul, Deji Osibogun, quits Yoruba World Congress
A renowned media mogul and convener of a Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Yoruba Ko’ya Movement, Deji Osibogun, has resigned his position as the Organizing Secretary of Yoruba World Congress (YWC).
The News Agency of Nigeria , reports that YWC is an umbrella body of about 100 Yoruba Socio-cultural groups within and beyond Nigeria with Emeritus Professor of History, Banji Akintoye, as its President-General.
In a letter addressed to Akintoye, Osibogun said he considered it worthy of quitting as the group’s Organizing Secretary to pave the way for others to contribute their quota to the development of Yoruba Land.
“I am positive that in the inner recess of your mind and conscience you will agree that this is a positive decision taken to allow me to continue to contribute to the progress of Yoruba land.
“After working for the establishment of Yoruba World Congress and your emergence as its Leader, I think it is time to move on and allow others to play their part,” he said.
Osibogun appreciated the opportunity given to contribute to the development of Yoruba land.
He assured that he would continue to contribute his quota to the emergence of the Yoruba Nation.
“I thank you for the opportunity of working with you; it has been a lifetime learning experience.
“Be rest assured that I will continue to contribute my quota to the emergence of the Yoruba Nation,” he said.
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Yoruba never demand Nigeria’s breakup — Prof. Akintoye
A foremost Yoruba nationalist, Prof Banji Akintoye, says the Yoruba people are only agitating for freedom but never demanded the break up of Nigeria.
Akintoye, emeritus professor of history, stated this on Tuesday in Ibadan while speaking on AM120 – a television breakfast show of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State,(BCOS).
He said Yoruba people believed in unity, saying no individual Yoruba person had the authority to say “we are pulling out, an average Yoruba person believes in build – build, not break, break.”
The elder statesman expressed optimism that a proper federation could be achieved through referendum.
He declared that the recent acceptance of the Yoruba-speaking tribes to the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO) would give global voice to the age-long agitation for a better deal for Yoruba in the affairs of Nigeria.
“With admission to UNPO, we now have an agency that can maximise our voice in what we desire,” he said.
Speaking on the present political structure in Nigeria, Akintoye opined that over- centralisation of governance had suppressed over 56 million people in Yoruba speaking tribes.
“We want to go back to that original plan in which each federating unit is free to manage its life without interference.
On the launch of the Southwest Security network, – ‘Amotekun,’ – the elder statesman said the outfit would assist the conventional security outfits to tackle the nation’s insecurity.
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COVID-19: Yoruba group pledges support for nationwide testing, sensitisation
A socio-cultural group, Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum, has pledged its support to the federal and state governments in achieving accelerated nationwide testing of citizens for COVID-19.
The forum, in a statement issued on Friday by its President, Mr Akin Malaolu, also pledged to support government in sensitising citizens on ways of quickly eradicating the virus in the country.
Malaolu said that the decision was reached after wide consultations with experts on how to ensure the actualisation of Nigeria’s exit plan from the global pandemic.
He said, after President Muhammadu Buhari’s nationwide broadcast, the forum made wide consultations with experienced epidemiologists and strategists over the exit plan from COVID-19 by the government.
“The general observation borders on our preparedness to do more sensitisation in all communities across the country by partnering the National Orientation Agency (NOA) as well as the state and local governments.
“The strategy must be by physical appearances, due to the nature of our communal life and the duration must be 18 months, in the first instance, starting immediately,” he said.
According to Malaolu, to get out of the lockdown, there must be adequate sensitisation to prevent the country from returning to lockdown, which, he said, might be difficult to exit from.
He added that all health agencies must continue to be 100 percent committed to national interest by ensuring that smiles came back to everybody’s faces.
Malaolu said that the forum’s intervention towards stemming the impact of the virus was key, especially as the country had slipped into community transmission of COVID-19.
“Our approach to ameliorate the spread is through testing, and this should form a central part of any response to the epidemic.
“We recommend the establishment of a pilot drive through testing centres in major cities that can test about 500 people per day.
“When these testing centres are replicated across the country, it will lead to massive testing, isolation and management of cases, resulting in exit from the lockdown and this will be effective in checking the COVID 19 virus.
Malaolu said that the forum was available for further discussion and detailed proposal on successful implementation of massive testing of the pandemic and timely reconciliation with the coordinating agency of government.
“We must accept the fact that the only exit strategy from the lockdown is to develop a cure and vaccine for COVID-19, but the cure will take a minimum of 90 days, while WHO– certified vaccine can take up to 18 months.
“WHO recommends the conduct of mass testing as well as isolation and management of positive cases.
“Our offer includes engagement of qualified medical officers as well as technical and administrative officers from across the country, while more hands will be diligently trained.
“Appointments will be booked in advance, using our strategy and we will give preference to those with the symptoms, the elderly, the pregnant women and those who suffer chronic diseases,” he said.
He said that the forum had the capacity to conduct tests within five minutes, including temperature check and nasal swab, while samples would be sent to NCDC testing centres for analysis.
While expressing the forum’s determination to play its leadership role to help in recovering Nigeria from COVID-19, Malaolu commended President Muhammadu Buhari’s courage at this particular period.
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Abba Kyari’s death is tragic – Yoruba Forum
The Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum has described the death of Mallam Abba Kyari, former Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, as tragic.
The forum in a statement by its President, Mr Akin Malaolu, on Saturday in Abuja, described Kyari as a good man, wishing his soul to rest in peace.
“At this stage, we must accept that no one has an impregnable armour that provide shield from the virus.
“As leaders of thought in the southwest, we must warn that COVID-19 which is an ultra-speed moving virus has gained strength both in distance and spread, but can be contained through high premium to every life and patriotic deployment of resources.
“If the nation is lucky, we may exit from general lockdown in mid July 2020. We must pray for cure and vaccine to come to our aid.
“It is pertinent that leaders, who have access to public funds do not abuse the trust, they should ensure that relief materials are not diverted.”
Malaolu, therefore, advised the general public to be more orderly during this period so that the relief materials get to the needy.
“No government has ever provided all needs of its citizen, but rate of amelioration is highly important,” he said.
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COVID19: Yoruba forum says economic recovery may be difficult, but achievable
Malaolu advised Nigeria to avoid begging for aids but focus on measures that would have positive impacts on the economy, especially trade, agriculture, development of key infrastructure and the informal sector.
“Now that Nigerians and Nigeria are in the middle of a pandemic, the questions that would be asked due to COVID-19 consequences on our economy would arise, hence the answers must begin to interest every Nigerian now that our reliance is on oil, though not total.
“The energy our government applied on redirection of our economy between 2015 and 2019 is no longer to be noticed.
“We must avoid begging for aids but our focus should be on trade mostly, or else we may be snubbed. We are hereby offering ways out of the woods.”
Malaolu said that the revision of 2020 budget was necessary while the focus should be productivity and developmental in character.
He suggested that the revival of the country’s rail transport must continue in earnest, because of its capacity to move heavy and bulky goods from one place to another.
“Mining sector must not be neglected but encouraged due to its advantages for employment and to its multiplier effects.
“On the agricultural sector, our productive population should be encouraged to take to farming while the animal rearing sector must be made to settle under ranching arrangement for good rewards in meat and milk.
“However, the government must recognise the strong presence of the informal sector and everything must be done by governments to help improve on the quality of the health sectors, good roads and electricity.
“It is the value we place on our land that can give value to our self efforts and to our currency.”
Malaolu urged Nigerians to trust their governments in these bad times so that focus on navigating the country out of turbulence would be achieved with comforting speed.
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Yoruba group seeks support to get cure for COVID-19
The President of the group, Mr Victor Taiwo, told newsmen on Monday in Ibadan that the Yoruba race had all it takes to get the cure.
Taiwo called on the governors of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and Kwara states as well as prominent Yoruba indigenes to support the cause.
The ORA boss said that the various measures being put in place by governments at both the federal and state levels since the outbreak of the virus were geared towards containing its spread.
He said that getting a permanent cure for the virus would put the Yoruba race on the world map for good.
“We have sent out a team to interface with local herbalists with the potentials, as part of our determination to find cure for the virus.
“The management of the University of Ibadan is ready to assist with its facilities,” he said.
Taiwo maintained that the Yoruba nation was blessed with local herbs, which, he said, were good enough to cure seemingly incurable diseases, given the right atmosphere and inspiration.
According to him; “this organisation has sent out a crack team of researchers to explore our local pharmacists or herbalists who claim the potentiality or dexterity of curing the pandemic.
“After taking the samples of their drugs, we have consulted a professor at the University of Ibadan, who is one of the leading pharmacologists in the country.
“He encouraged us to make every effort towards fighting the global menace, with the promise of a support for us in all ways open to him.”
Taiwo said that efforts were ongoing, calling on state governments in Yoruba land as well as wealthy individuals to rise to the occasion by supporting the required funding for the exercise.
“As a direct challenge, we hereby call on all our governors of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and Kwara States to collectively or individually rise to the occasion.
“We also call on well-meaning individuals among us to rise in unison for the general rescue from the beast which does not respect or exonerate anyone, no matter his/her status,” he said.
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Recruit only locals into “Amotekun”, Yoruba World Congress urges SW states
The Yoruba World Congress (YWC) has urged the six South-West states to recruit only competent personnel in each local government into “Amotekun” to defend and protect their respective areas.
In a statement signed by the Convener of YWC Prof. Banji Akintoye, the group said that this was imperative since the Amotekun teams would be defending their localities.
“These should be persons who belong to, and who reside in, the local government area.
“We also urge the recruiters not to forget to recruit some of our local hunters, so as to add their well-known expertise to the defence and protection of their local government areas,” the YWC said in the statement.
According to YWC, Yoruba are confident that the recruitment to Amotekun will be competently, patriotically and wisely carried out by those in charge.
“Amotekun is an exclusive Yoruba instrument of collective self-defence,” the YWC said in the statement.
It said that the initiative followed enormous insecurity and instability in Yoruba land which had forced countless farmers to abandon farming altogether, thus constituting serious threat to the economic well-being of the Yoruba nation.
“In particular, local criminals have stepped up the crime of kidnapping for ransom and thereby added their own share to the insecurity and instability. Their terroristic onslaught is a wholesale invasion of Yorubaland,” the YWC said
The group commended the state governors of the six South-West states for creating a “defensive structure named Amotekun under which some Yoruba people will be recruited, trained and properly guided and supervised, to defend their homeland.”
It said that “Yoruba people cherish, and are holding up, our ancient tradition of hospitality to foreigners on Yoruba soil.
“But we must do our duty now to make our homeland peaceful for all who live on our land – for ourselves and for all our non-Yoruba compatriots.”
The YWC said that Yoruba nation was blessed with millions of men and women who were eager to serve Amotekun and urged that persons recruited and trained for service in Amotekun are, and must be, Yoruba.
“Those responsible for organizing Amotekun, for recruiting people into it, for training the recruits, and for commanding and supervising the trained recruits, are, and must be, Yoruba.
“The Yoruba nation does not, and cannot, understand anything different from that.
“The decision to use any Yoruba person or Yoruba organization for Amotekun is a decision for only the Yoruba people to take,” the YWC said in the statement.
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Ekiti to translate Amotekun law, others into Yoruba language
The Ekiti State Ministry of Justice, says it will immediately commence the translation of the laws of the state, including that of Amotekun security outfit, into Yoruba language
The Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Olawale Fapohunda, disclosed this at a news conference in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday.
He said that it was the desire of the state government to bring the laws to the understanding of the greater number of people so as reduce crimes.
According to him, in furtherance of the Gov. Kayode Fayemi-led administration’s commitment to the citizens’ active participation in governance, he (Fayemi) has approved the translation of the state laws into Yoruba language.
Fapohunda, however, said that the translation would be done in phases, given the volume of the laws, adding that the first phase would include laws that had direct impact on the people.
He listed some of the laws to be translated immediately to include: Sustainable Development Goals Law, Ekiti State Property Protection (Anti- Land Grabbing) Law, Ekiti State Gender-Based Violence (Prohibition) Law and Ekiti State (Transition) Law.
The commissioner further said that the proposed Ekiti State Security Network Bill (Amotekun Bill) would also be translated into Yoruba after the governor’s assent.
According to him, Amotekun bill affects the daily activities of the people of the state, especially those in rural communities, stressing “it, therefore, follows that this is one legislation that our people need to understand.”
On how the laws would be translated, the attorney-general said, “there are many qualified academics in Ekiti State University who are specialists in Yoruba language. We will work with them.”
According to him, some of the policy documents of his ministry, such as Ekiti State Charter for Victims of Crime; Directive on Non- Discontinuance of Criminal Matters and Additional Measures in Aid of Prosecution of Sexual Violence would also be translated into Yoruba language.
The Solicitor-General and Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mr Lawrence Ojo, while commenting on the development, said that with the initiative, the state would be recording another first in Nigeria.
Ojo said there had been talks over the years, especially at lawyers’ conferences and meetings, on the need to translate laws into local Nigerian languages, adding, however, that little progress had been made.
“With Ekiti State breaking the ice, it is envisaged that more states will follow.”
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Oluwo-Agbowu crisis: Yoruba youths seek Gov. Oyetola, Ooni’s intervention
The Yoruba Youths Assembly (YYA) has urged Gov. Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, to intervene in the crisis between the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Akanbi and the Agbowu of Ogbaagbaa, Oba Dhikrulahi Akinropo.
The call was contained in a statement issued in Abeokuta on Wednesday Thomas Olarinde and Nathaniel Oduyemi, the President and the Public Relations Officer of the group respectively.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that fight had broken out between the two traditional rulers during a peace meeting organised by the Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Zone 11, Bashir Makama on Feb. 14 over a lingering land dispute.
The group condemned the attitude of the traditional rulers, adding that such an act was capable of desecrating the traditional institution, which had been kept sacred for so long by the Yoruba forbears.
The group appealed to the governor and the Ooni to wade into the matter in order to prevent future occurrence.
“We, as cultured youths under the umbrella of Yoruba Youths Assembly, call on the Oni of Ife and the governor to quickly wade into the matter to prevent possible repeat of such an ugly incident.
“It is very wrong for any oba to engage another fellow oba or anybody for that matter in public fight because they are the symbol of peace and eyes of the gods,” the statement said.
The YYA called on the concerned authority to set up a panel exclusively made up of reputable personalities to look into the matter and do the needful.
The group urged politicians not to see the issue as an avenue to create problem or crisis within the traditional institution.
“To our traditional rulers, you must remember that both God and man have kept you in that position of leadership to play fatherly roles. People are watching and they won’t be happy if you fail them, for whatever reason.
“Our traditional rulers have no other option than to unite and cooperate with government in making their respective states and the country peaceful, flourish and prosper,” the statement said.
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Ooni hosts Oduduwa festival, says Yoruba are unique
The Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, on Thursday hosted the 2020 edition of the annual Oduduwa festival.
While addressing the cheering crowd at the event, Ogunwusi described the Yoruba as a uniquely different people created by God.
“Take a close look at our people, their conducts and lifestyle anywhere in the world, you will agree with me that we are uniquely different.
“No matter where we find ourselves, we are pace setters and that is the value we must continue to uphold.
“What we need to add to our uniqueness is love, let us love ourselves and others in order to record more wins.
“I am confident that if we live in love and unity, we will soar above whatever challenges that may confront us,”he said.
He commended the Are Ona Kakanfo, Ganiyu Adams, for his commitment to ensuring the consistent celebration of Oduduwa festival annually.
Adams had earlier expressed his joy over an improved level of unity in Yorubaland, saying this was fully displayed in the formation of Operation Amotekun.
“Let me commend Kabiyesi, the Oonirisa, the Alaafin of Oyo and other prominent Obas, leaders of socio cultural organisations, civil society groups and individuals for supporting the crusade for Operation Amotekun.
“The events that played out during the crusade for Operation Amotekun clearly indicated that the Yoruba blood truly flow in our veins.
“When the issue of Amotekun came up, I took up the challenge, and like a lone ranger, I made my position known to the world, without minding whose ox is gored.
“I said it clearly that whoever is against the initiative is an enemy of our race, which shows that in unity, everything is possible.
“So I am using this opportunity to appeal to all the state Houses of Assembly to do the needful by legislating the initiative and giving it the necessary legal backing.
“When this is done, we can be sure of winning the war for a better future,” Adams said.
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Amotekun: Tinubu, a true leader – Yoruba Ronu
The amicable resolution of controversies surrounding the “Amotekun” initiative between the Southwest Governors and the Federal government shows that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is a true National Leader from the Southwest, says Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum.
This is contained in a statement issued on Saturday by Akin Malaolu, President of the socio-cultural group.
According to Malaolu, Tinubu’s voice to the Amotekun brouhaha was circumspect and logical.
”Tinubu gave an objective analysis of the initiative and made recommendations that eventually led to resolution of disagreements between the federal government and governors of the South West.
“His advice that the Federal Government and Southwest Governors should put heads together was in the best interest of both Southwest and the nation.
“Our Forum will always support maintenance of peace in the southwest and any other part of the country, which should be achieved without infraction on the constitution.
“It is obvious that both parties are committed to peace and tranquillity in the nation, it is laudable to see them working together on this particular issue,” he said.
Malaolu emphasised that there should be serious efforts to nip Southwest insecurity in the bud.
“Nigerans should remember the economic position of South West to patronage from diverse investors, both local and foreign.
“Without peace in the south west, the growth envisaged by all Nigerians and government cannot be easily achieved.
The group admonished opposition politicians to think of Nigeria first and not take politics to be bigger than the country.
But the Attorney-General of the Federation Abubakar Malami had earlier declared the initiative as illegal.
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Yoruba youths honour NSE chairperson, urge preservation of indigenous languages
The Yoruba Youth Assembly (YYA), an umbrella body of Yoruba youth groups globally, on Saturday called for protection and preservation of the nation’s indigenous languages, heritage and cultural identities.
The group also called for the implementation of local content in order to build capacity of local engineers to secure contracts and stop capital flight for speedy technological advancement of Nigeria.
The group made the call while presenting an award to Ikeja Branch Chairman of Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), Mrs Funmi Akingbagbohun, in Lagos.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that Akingbagbohun was honoured with YYA Hall of Fame as its 2019 Yoruba Youth Ambassador for her humanitarian services and societal development.
YYA President, Olarinde Thomas, said that the group’s 38 affiliates in Nigeria and diaspora honoured Akingbagbohun for making the Yoruba nation proud in engineering field.
“This award is meant to celebrate the achievements of our mother; she has tried a lot to manage this branch as a female engineer and her formidable effort as chairman of NSE, Ikeja Branch.
“We are here to represent the views of Yoruba youths both in Nigeria and diaspora. We need your ideas as a technocrat to be able to drive the agenda for development,’’ he said.
He said Akingbagbohun, who is also National Vice President of Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, had supervised several major projects in the country.
He called on all tiers of government to patronise local engineers to create jobs, stop capital flight and grow capacity of local engineers to tackle development issues in the nation.
He added that NSE had the solution to pipeline vandalism because it could use technology to trace activities on pipelines and solve most other problems slowing down Nigeria’s growth.
He urged government to make study of their languages mandatory for other nationals who migrated to their countries.
“Why can’t we make study of our language mandatory in tertiary institutions,’’ he queried.
Thomas said that many Yoruba children globally could not speak the language properly and stressed the need to reverse the trend to preserve the cultural heritage.
The YYA president said that efforts by the group birthed the use of Yoruba language on the floor of the Lagos State House of Assembly, adding that similar efforts were ongoing in other states.
He explained that Nigeria made technological progress in various sectors which included the media and construction above some developed economies when it relied on indigenous languages.
Thomas commended efforts by some youth groups in other regions in the country, noting that such efforts should be sustained for preservation of cultural identities, languages and heritage in the nation.
He described the regional community policing introduced by South-West Governors, ‘Amotekun’ as an important initiative which should not be politicised but should be given support.
“Amotekun has come to stay to ensure the unity of Nigeria,” he said.
Also speaking, Olalerun Folorunsho, the group’s Spokesman, called on parents to ensure children spoke Yoruba and other local dialects.
“We are no longer teaching our children our language, we celebrate English language but the English people celebrate and promote their own language,’’ he said.
Responding to her award, the NSE chairman praised the visionary leadership of YYA and prayed for the growth of the group for the progress and unity of the Yoruba nation and Nigeria.
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Yoruba World Congress hold rally in support of “Amotekun” in Ogun
The planned solidarity rally in support of the recently launched South-West Security Network, codenamed “Operation Amotekun”, was, on Tuesday, held in Abeokuta, Ogun.
The Yoruba World Congress (YWC), an umbrella body of all Yoruba socio-cultural groups, had organised the rally in all the six state capitals of the zone.
A correspondent of the Nigeria News Agency , who monitored the event at Panseke area of Abeokuta, reports that members of various Yoruba groups attended the rally, which started around 12.30 pm.
The groups included Committee for Defence of Human Rights (CDHR), Yoruba World Congress (YWC), Yoruba Council of Youths Worldwide (YCYW) and the National Association Nigerian Students (NANS).
Some of the protesters were seen carrying placards bearing inscriptions such as: “No Amotekun, No Hisbah!”, “Scrap Amotekun, scrap Nigeria”, “Every Yoruba is Amotekun” and “Amotekun is here” and “An end has come to our sufferings” among others.
Personnel from the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), led by the state Commissioner of Police, Kenneth Ebrimson, and other security agencies like the Department of State Security (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were on ground at the rally.
The Coordinator of the rally in Ogun, Mr Jimoh Taofeek, in his address, described the outfit as complimentary to the existing security agencies in the zone.
“Amotekun is not meant victimise any individual but to protect lives and property, while complementing the efforts of security agencies.
“We are here to reach out to the larger public and to tell the Federal Government and the entire Nigerian populace that we want “Amotekun” in the South-West zone of Nigeria.
‘ If Hisbah and other vigilante groups can be in the northern states, with some of them carrying arms and arresting people, there is no reason for not considering “Amotekun” in the South-West.
“Besides, I want to make it very clear that the security outfit is not to witch-hunt anybody whatsoever,” he said.
Taofeek argued that one of the major responsibilities of government was to protect lives and property of the citizens, adding that the Federal Government ought to have commended the South-West governors for complementing security agencies rather than condemning “Amotekun”.
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Amotekun initiative ‘ll curb crime in Yorubaland , says Yoruba World Congress
Mr Kunle Adesankan, Head of Security, Yoruba World Congress (YWC) says the establishment of the Western Nigerian Security Network, codenamed Amotekun, is to curb crime in Yorubaland.
Adesankan made the clarification on Tuesday during a solidarity rally held by YWC and other groups in Ibadan, in support of the Amotekun initiative by the Southwest governors.
He said that the solidarity rally was to assure the Southwest governors that the entire Yoruba people were in support of the security outfit, insisting that there was no going back.
“We will not allow the foreigners to come into our land again to kill us unnecessarily; we are tired of bloodletting.
“Nigeria is for us all, not for a certain section of people; we accommodate people from other ethnic background in our land to carry out their trade, commerce and other things but we will allow anyone to perpetrate crime here,” he said.
Adesankan urged Gov. Seyi Makinde and other Southwest governors to keep on working on the actualisation of Amotekun, noting that their efforts would enhance adequate security of lives and property in the zone.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that scores of members of YWC’s affiliate bodies were present at the Government House arcade, Ibadan, venue of the rally.
The organisations which participated at the rally included Agbekoya, Odua People’s Congress (OPC), Atayese Group, Yoruba Reconciliation, Majiyagbe Group and Kaaro Ojiire Group, among others
NAN also reports that the personnel of the Nigerian Police Force, Department of State Security (DSS) and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) were on ground to maintain law and order.
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Synergise regional security outfits — Yoruba leaders
The Nigeria News Agency reports that they made the call at the second installation anniversary of Iba Gani Adams as the Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, held at Ikeja, Lagos.
Joel Okei-Odumakin, President, Women Arise for Change Initiative, said that there should be synergy amongst regional security outfits irrespective of the names they were called or wherever they were formed.
“Let them ensure that those who are at the helm of affairs in term of security continue to network.
“They should have enough synergy in the way it is reported and coordinated so that at the end, they would take the score card and know where to put more efforts.
“This will also ensure better guarantee of lives and property,” she said
Odumakin also lauded the creation of ‘Amotekun’, the South-West regional security outfit, which she said was long overdue.
She said there was need for necessary support to ensure that Amotekun became a strong effective outfit complementing the security agencies in fighting crime and criminality in the region.
According to her, it will help to protect citizens more and complement community policing work of the Nigeria Police.
She said Amotekun was not created to compete with state police but to complement their roles in ensuring the security of lives and property.
She advised that Amotekun must not be used to heat the polity in the country, saying that the country was already grappling with the pains of the colossal loss of lives and property in recent times.
“A life that is lost can never be brought back, that is why l support anything that can be done to protect lives.
“I do not want loss of lives again, it pains and breaks my heart each time a life is lost,” she said
Odumakin noted that Yoruba land was under siege, as such the regional security outfit had been overwhelmly accepted by the Yorubas.
According to him, the only condition for abolishing of Amotekun was the proscription of all other regional security outfits in Benue, Kano, Bornu, etc.
Odumakin noted that Yoruba land was under siege, as such the regional security outfit had been overwhelmly accepted by the Yorubas.
According to him, the only condition for abolishing of Amotekun was the proscription of all other regional security outfits in Benue, Kano, Bornu, etc.
Edited by: Remi Koleoso/Wale Ojetimi
Alumni association tasks Yoruba leaders to revive falling standard of education
The Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU) Alumni Association has urged Yoruba traditional and political leaders to come up with measures that will help improve the falling standard of education within the region.
The national president of the association, Mr Stephen Makinde, made the appeal in Lagos on Tuesday, the Nigeria News Agency reports.
He said that the appeal became necessary because the Yoruba race had over the years been associated with maintaining a high standard of education.
According to him, education is the core area of competence of the Yoruba race which has always given them recognition in the country.
He stated that the Yoruba forefathers such as the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo played vital roles in upholding the standard of education within the Yoruba race.
He, however, said that the momentum and zeal began to dwindle some years back.
“We, the Yoruba race, need to have a rethink because our core area of competence that gives us the edge has always been education, but that standard is being eroded.’’
He said that in past years, it was a kind of competition among parents who used to encourage their children to become professionals in various fields.
He said that in recent times, the interest in education had been fading out.
“I urge our traditional and political leaders to begin to re-strategise on how this legacy can be revived and sustained,” he said.
He said that if they should lose that legacy; the labour of its past heroes would be said to be a waste.
“Nowadays, we do not take education serious like before; this must be worked upon in earnest.
“Awolowo built a formidable educational standard for us, unfortunately, we are destroying the legacy,” he said.
Makinde also advised Yoruba traditional rulers to sensitise their people on the need for them to embrace every aspect of the Yoruba culture.
He described the culture as a means of identity for everyone which should be guarded jealously and practised by all Yoruba people.
“We must try to build on what we received from our forefathers in the areas of discipline, culture of respect, upholding our indigenous languages and moral behaviour for the good of all.
“These are our binding force as a race; we must wake up and protect our common identities as a race.
“We must encourage our children and wards to speak our local dialects. Parents must speak their indigenous languages to their children for the sake of posterity,” he said.
Edited by: Chinyere Nwachukwu/Peter Dada
Yoruba leaders want govt. to tackle unemployment
Some Yoruba leaders have called on government at all levels to tackle the problem of unemployment among the youths in order to solve the challenge of insecurity in the country.
They said without jobs for the teeming population of youths in the country, government’s fight against insecurity would be a mirage.
The Yoruba leaders made the observations at the Annual Distinguished Lecture/ 5th Merit Award Ceremony and N100 million Appeal Fund of Ede Unique Club in Ede, Osun.
The lecture had as theme:” Imperatives Of National Security : South-West in Focus.”
Prof. Banji Akintoye, who was one of the keynote speakers at the event, said massive poverty in the country was largely responsible for various security challenges in the country.
Akintoye, an Emeritus Professor of History, said it was not possible for people to be living in abject poverty and expect improved security in the country.
He said due to high level of poverty in the country, many youths, especially from the South West, were risking their lives through the Sahara desert for a greener pasture in the developed countries.
Akintoye, who noted that the South West was not spared from high level of unemployment and insecurity, berated South West governors for not doing enough to create jobs for the youths.
He said: ” There is no doubt that there is massive poverty in the South West and in the country at large.
And it is painful that our South West governors do not know how to handle poverty.
Rather than creating job opportunities, we are enrolling our children in schools with no job prospects.
Poverty is becoming unbearable in the region and as a result, many youths in the South West are engaging in drug abuse and other illegal activities.
The economy is declining, many are losing their jobs, there is high level of corruption in the land and people are living in abject poverty.
There is no doubt that there is urgent need for economic revival in the South West and in the country at large.
Akintoye, who noted that kidnapping came into South West from other states because of the belief that there was money in the region, said South West governors must come together to tackle the menace.
In his address, Chief Gani Adams, the Aare OnaKankanfo of Yorubaland, said South West governors must not relent in their efforts to tacklie insecurity in the region.
Adams, who was represented by Chief Yinka Oguntimeyin, a legal practitioner, said insecurity was destroying cultural and ecotourism business in the country.
He appealed to the Federal Government to sustain the fight against insecurity in the country.
In his remarks Prof. Kajogbola Alimi, the President of the club, said the topic of the lecture was carefully chosen to discuss the security challenges in the South West and the country at large.
Alimi said security was a serious matter that should not be left in the hands of government alone because of its importance.
He said it was hight time government and other relevant stakeholders looked inwards to provide solutions to the security challenges in the region and the country at large.
Also speaking, Alhaji Adebayo Jimoh, the Chairman of the occasion, said government must tackle food insecurity and poor governance, which he said were part of reasons for insecurity in the country.
Jimoh,a former Chairman of Oodua Group, also said there was the need for government to embrace technology in fighting security challenges in the country rather than relying on military hardware alone.
(Edited by: Mufutau Ojo)
Yoruba leaders to hold colloquium on security in South West
Prominent Yoruba leaders, including Emeritus Professor Banji Akintoye and Chief Gani Adams, would join other stakeholders on Friday at a colloquium on national security with particular focus on South West Nigeria.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that the colloquium, which would hold at Western Sun Hotel, Ede, Osun State, is being organised by a group of professionals and business leaders under the aegis of Ede Unique Club of Nigeria.
A statement jointly signed by the Co-Conveners, Dr Dhikrullah Yagboyaju and Dr Kajogbola Alimi, gave the theme of the colloquium as “Imperatives of National Security for Development: South West Nigeria in Focus”.
According to the organisers, the colloquium will galvanise different perspectives of stakeholders from academia, civil society and non-state actors on the way out of the security challenges facing the nation.
“This theme could not have been more apt, considering the serious security challenges facing the nation, with particular focus on South West Nigeria,” the organisers said.
They cited kidnappings, armed banditry, ritual killings and child abuse among the security challenges facing the country.
“Also, Prof. Olutayo Adesina of University of Ibadan will bring on board historical perspectives, while Alhaji Adebayo Jimoh, former Group Managing Director of Oodua Group, will set the tone for the discussion as chairman at the colloquium,” the group said.
The colloquium, according to the group, is aimed at promoting dialogue and informed discourse on salient national issues with a view to stimulating ideas and proffering workable solutions.
The statement said that some eminent Nigerians would also receive merit awards for their contributions to society at the event, organised to mark the group’s 36th Anniversary.
Among the awardees are Wife of Osun State Governor, Alhaja Kafayat Oyetola, who would be honoured for her pioneering role of singlehandedly repatriating back home a Nigerian family that was stranded in Ukraine.
Other awardees are Chief Mrs Modupe Adeleke-Sanni, Philanthropist and Member of the Governing Council, Adeleke University; Alhaja Latifat Giwa, Commissioner for Governor’s Office, Osun State; and erudite lawyer, Mr Abiodun Layonu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
Among the past recipients of the club’s merit award are Alhaja Rahmat Adisa, a former First Lady of Oyo State and Mrs Betty Ajiborisha, pioneer First Lady of Osun State.
Other past awardees include Late Chief Yisa Yagboyaju, Founder, Muslim Students Society of Nigeria; Late Alhaji Isiaka Adeleke, First Executive Governor of Osun State; and Late Chief Mufutau Olanihun, foremost business mogul and industrialist.
Edited & Vetted By: Oluwole Sogunle
Prof. Akintoye constitutes exco for Yoruba World Congress
An executive council to steer the affairs of Yoruba World Congress (YWC), an umbrella body of all Yoruba socio-cultural, self-determination and advocacy groups in and beyond Nigeria, has been constituted.
Leading Yoruba academic and Convener of YWC, Emeritus Prof. Banji Akintoye, made the announcement at a “Policy and Strategy Session for Yoruba Future” in Lagos.
The emeritus professor of history said in a statement that the step had become imperative to hit the ground running and set machinery in motion towards the actualisation of a new Yoruba reality.
The erudite scholar an Second Republic Senator, promised to name a 16-man “Leaders Council” to further help him actualise his plans for a greater Yoruba people and culture.
Akintoye said that the session also ratified and adopted a 52-page constitution drafted to guide the day-to-day governing of YWC.
He named the Executive Director of Center for International Advanced Processional Studies, Prof. Anthony Kila, as the Secretary-General while a former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Daily Times, Chief Tola Adeniyi, was named the Communications Secretary.
Akintoye also announced Afenifere Chieftain, Dr Amos Akingba, as the Financial Secretary, while the Chairman of Space FM and Afro Space TV, Otunba Deji Osibogun, as the Organising Secretary.
A former Leader of Oodua People’s Congress, Evangelist Kunle Adesokan, is the Head of Security and Intelligence while a NADECO veteran, Otunba Shade Olukoya, was appointed the Welfare Secretary and Women Leader.
Dr Akin Adejuwon, a former Director General of National Troop of Nigeria, is the Coordinator of Youth Empowerment Initiatives while a civil society activist, Mr Victor Taiwo, was appointeded as the Director of Contacts and Mobilisation, among others.
Akintoye also announced the appointment of a five-man Strategy, Policy and Planning Committee and other officers of YWC to ensure that targeted objectives of the organisation were effectively achieved.
Edited by Chidi Opara/Wale Ojetimi
Forum holds cultural festival to expose younger generation to Yoruba values, culture
The Ona-ara Development Forum (ODF) in Oyo State has organised a cultural fiesta tagged ‘Ona-ara Ijala Ere-Ode’ to expose the younger generation to the traditions and culture of the people to prevent extinction.
Nigeria News Agency reports that Ona-Ara Local Government Area of Oyo State was created in 1989 and has its headquarters in the town of Akanran.
It has an area of 290 km² and it shares boundaries with Egbeda Local Government to the North, Oluyole to the West, Osun State to the East and Ogun State to South. It is estimated to have a population of over 500,000
Speaking at a news conference in Ibadan to herald the fiesta scheduled from Oct. 17 to Oct. 19, the ODF President, Alhaji Kola Bolomope, said that the programme was also to serve as a platform to sustain the oral traditions of Ona-Ara people and Ibadans generally.
Bolmope said that the fiesta would expose children in the South-West and tourists to the art of Ijala story telling and help to create awareness of the exploits of the peoples’ forebears.
He said that the fiesta would be an annual event and draw participants from all Yoruba speaking states and friends of Ona-ara in Diaspora.
According to him, Ijala experts from the academia and professional hunters have been invited to compete for honours while traditional rulers, cultural icons are expected to attend the programme.
“There will be rally/carnival, float/hunters, train storm, talent show, musical concerts, bush meat exhibition, Ijala rendering competition, prices and awards, among others.
“Ijala chant belongs to a genre of exclusive hunters and are performed on festivals such as coronations and weddings; this important aspect of our cultural heritage is going into extinction.
“As a community with the background of several brave, distinguished hunters, it’s our conviction that we should spearhead the revival and promotion of this form of Yoruba entertainment,” he said.
The ODF president further urged all stakeholders to take up the responsibility to maintain the oral traditions and heritage of Yoruba people, as well as to awake cultural renaissance in the state.
He appreciated the Oyo State Government, Ona-ara Local Government, National Orientation Agency, Oyo State and the entire Ona-ara community for collaborating with ODF in the cultural revival efforts.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, urged all stakeholders to collaborate with the forum and a celebrate the culture of the people.
He pledged the government’s support to boost culture and tourism in the state. (NAN)
Edited by Folasade Adeniran/Bayo Sekoni