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Akande laments South West’s economic setback, indigenes’ exodus

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Bisi Akande

An elder statesman and leader of All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, yesterday reflected on the plight befalling the Yoruba ethnic nationality in the scheme of things, blaming some military leaders for destroying the aspirations of the race due to alleged selfish agenda.

He said that the negative action of the leaders had resulted into denigration of the once bouyant economy, socio-political development of the defunct Western Region and plunging of the Yoruba into exile.

According to him, the consequence of the actions of the unnamed Yoruba leaders, in connivance with their northern and eastern counterparts, metamorphosed into the disunity of the country and promotion of religious conflict, which resulted in the migration of the Yoruba people to the Diaspora.

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Akande spoke yesterday at the unveiling of “Karele Oodua Logo” and Investiture of “Karele Oodua” ambassadors organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism in Osun State.

He noted that the conduct of the Yoruba leaders dated back to the slave trade pre-colonialism to the current democratic setting of Nigeria and culminated in the setback witnessed by the Yoruba people.

Besides, the former governor of Osun posited that the inactions of the selfish leaders had put the nation into a situation of economic imbroglio and massive exploitation of the nation’s commonwealth.

“After the independence, for reasons of rank promotions, our leaders in military uniform collaborated with the North to destabilise our political strength, to maginalise our people, to expropriate our patrimonies like the University of Ife, the Western Nigerian Television, the Liberty Stadium and so on and to hound our elite and youths into graves and into exile for another layers of Yoruba in Diaspora.

“And they assisted in annulling Abiola’s election out of the Presidency of Nigeria. Since the beginning of this Republic, the same leaders, for reasons of greed and self-aggrandisement, cringed to the North and the East for political influence to continue to depress and degrade the authentic aspirations of the Yoruba people with a sermon that the Yoruba should join the mainstream politics of Nigeria.”

Governor of Osun, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, represented by his Deputy, Mr. Gboyega Alabi, said the motive of Karele Oodua is to preserve the rich Yoruba culture and boost tourism potentials of the state.

Oyetola, who expressed optimism that the programme would be a yearly affair of bringing back sons and daughters of Oduduwa who have migrated to the outside world to their ancestral land to know more about the tradition of their forebearers, reiterated the resolve of his administration to continue to promote culture and enact policies that would make the state the tourism hub of the nation.


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