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Yoruba leaders caution Soyinka, Omisore over altercations on Bola Ige

By Seye Olumide, South-West Bureau Chief, Ibadan
06 April 2022   |   3:49 am
Some key Yoruba leaders yesterday, urged the Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka and National Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Iyiola Omisore..

Iyiola Omisore, SDP candidate for Osun 2018 election.<br />Photo: BBCAfrica

Some key Yoruba leaders yesterday, urged the Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka and National Secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Iyiola Omisore, to desist from unnecessary altercations over the murder of former Attorney-General of the Federation, Chief Bola Ige, especially at this sensitive moment when the country is heading towards another general elections.

The leaders, who include Chairman, Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; Secretary General, Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), Dr. Kunle Olajide; Chairman, Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), Mr. Wale Oshun and President, Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum, Akin Malaolu, urged the duo to stop the ongoing exchange over the gruesome murder of Ige.

They said such development would not do the Yoruba nation proud. The leaders spoke separately with The Guardian yesterday, following the comments credited to Soyinka on Omisore’s emergence as national secretary of the ruling party.

The Nobel laureate, in a statement at the weekend, had said that the endorsement of Omisore as the APC National Secretary by President Muhammadu Buhari would tamper with judicial inquiries into Ige’s death because he is a prime suspect in the murder case.

Omisore, in a reaction, accused people he described as “drowning politicians” of spreading propaganda against him. He lamented that a decade after the Bola Ige murder case, Soyinka still referred to him as a prime suspect, despite being cleared by the court.

HOWEVER, reacting to the altercation, Adebanjo said Soyinka and Omisore should desist from unnecessary vituperation in the larger interest of Yoruba race, saying that the manner in which Ige was killed and the truth concealed till date is enough heartbreak for average Yoruba man.

Olakunle, in his response, said the development was sad and not something anybody wants to remember. Oshun said the fact that the mystery surrounding Ige’s death is still concealed is an indication that Nigeria is a failed country.

Meanwhile, Malaolu said: “There is a moral obligation on the part of the state to solve every murder case, much less the one concerning a sitting Attorney General of the Federation in the case of Chief Bola Ige.”

IN another development, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Adams, yesterday, said there are unseen evil spirits dwelling in the minds of Nigerian politicians, insisting that they are driven by deceits and lies.

Adams, who stated this at the 2022 edition of Eledumare Festival held in Lagos, said many of the politicians were too detached from the people they serve or lead.

He maintained also that many of the politicians, especially in the South-West, did not have the capacity to re-invent the glorious moments of the Old Western Region.