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Yoruba Ronu leadership condemns Akande’s autobiography

By Seye Olumide, South-West Bureau Chief, Ibadan
16 December 2021   |   4:02 am
A South-West socio-political group, Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum, has called for the withdrawal of the book titled: “My Participations,” authored by former Osun State Governor, Chief Bisi Akande, from the shelves.

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A South-West socio-political group, Yoruba Ronu Leadership Forum, has called for the withdrawal of the book titled: “My Participations,” authored by former Osun State Governor, Chief Bisi Akande, from the shelves.

In a statement yesterday, President of the forum, Akin Malaolu, described the contents of the book as filled with malice and avarice that are not good for the consumption of future generations.

The statement stated: “With wrapped attention to words and meaning in the sentences used in the autobiography of Chief Bisi Akande, one can touch with the fingers the presence of ‘malice and avarice’ on many paintings of several individuals, including Chief Ayo Adebanjo and former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in the book titled ‘My Participations.’

“The book may perhaps be titled by its confusing contents as a “Malignant Episonage” in purpose. These abuses on mostly Adebanjo and Obasanjo in reality do not exist if we take a critical look at the political visages of some of the leaders described as pretenders.

“No doubt, Adebanjo may have been too domineering in some instances, but to paint him black is a little too evil when we put his several political struggles side by side with the general conditions of things in our country. He could be seen as a near ‘saint’ and that is exactly what he is in the minds of indigenous Yoruba people and to those in the Diaspora. The restructuring and true federalism spirit that connotes his many actions gave him out as a great and trusted disciple of Awo.

“On Obasanjo, we ask, who among the present Nigerian leaders has done better than him in clear understanding of our situations and at regular periods he has called together other leaders and they obeyed him? Regarding political corruption, can we absolve in totality Akande himself of same guilt if others he painted black are?”

“We are not saying leaders and elders cannot duel, but it should be done with utmost wisdom so that the youths and coming up leaders can understand the language applied in the struggle to outwit one another are not dishonest and the intermediate connections of the reasons and ideas should be those that help better their understanding on what to fight for and what to ignore.

“The way forward is for the book of unneeded avarice be withdrawn from the shelves wherever they are for remedy falsehoods that are most popular among present day political leaders.

“Many tribes in Nigeria today are trying to fight off yoke of internal colonisation and this book showed no iota of interest in such an ongoing but permissible struggle against their forced wearing of slavery portraits,” the statement further stated.