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Form the Archives: Is the battle for the soul of the Yoruba nation over?


Photo: Former Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, APC Presidential Runing mate, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Gen. Alani Akinrinade, Oyo State Governor, Senator Isiaq, others at the PAN-Yoruba Summit

*Confab: Yoruba leaders call for parliamentary govt*

The quote by Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of US, ‘you may deceive all the people part of the time, and part of the people all the time, but not all the people all the time’, is relevant to this discuss since it explains the high expectancy with which the other ethnic nationalities whose eyes finally open are determined to seize full and total control of their political space even as they await the decision by the Yoruba ethnic nationalities on whether to finally dump their current retrogressive leadership, a leadership that continue as a mouthpiece and pawn of the born-to-rule and their regressive domination apparition or party, the expired APC, no matter the proven cataclysmic and catastrophic results of this heinous coalition on their people. 

This is no different from the continuing attempt at rejection of the retrogressive leaderships of other ethnic nationalities by their peoples, whether it be the Igbo, Ijaw, Tiv, the Ogoni, brethren who have sold their ethnic nationalities and themselves for the crumbs that fall off the table of their deplorable and abominable born-to-rule masters; a handful of individuals who under the disguise of Hausa/Fulani leadership are determined to continue the failed policies of their revered leader, the late Sardauna of Sokoto.

That the ideological bent of the born-to-rule unapologetically espoused by their glorified leader; the late Sardauna of Sokoto, Alhaji Sir Ahmadu Bello, the unquestioned spiritual head and leader of the North, whose strategic position the born-to-rule continue to unwaveringly embrace, is not in question. The restatement of the quote below attributable to him encapsulates that strategy based on controlled anarchy with one purpose in mind, intimidation, enthronement of an upper caste (the born-to-rule), and the continued looting and pillaging of Nigeria, to the detriment of all the ethnic nationalities that make-up Nigeria:

“The new nation called Nigeria should be an estate of our great grandfather Uthman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent a change of power. We use the minorities in the North as willing tools and the South as a conquered territory and never allow them to rule over us and never allow them to have control over their future” – Parrot Newspaper, 12th October 1960. Recalled by Tribune Newspaper, 13th November 2002

The result of this abominable strategy, misrule and managed anarchy in place since independence continue to do damage to the Nigeria body polity and even to their ethnic nationalities.

It is pertinent that it be pointed out that the concocted term ‘Hausa/Fulani’ is a nonexistent fictitious ethnic nationality that was deliberately created by a handful of individuals in consent with the colonial masters to subjugate the ethnic nationalities that constitute Nigeria, loot and pillage the resources of Nigeria, while controlling the destiny of all the ethnic nationalities that constitute Nigeria – there is the Fulani ethnic nationalities and the Hausa ethnic nationalities, two groups that have been and continue to be rubbished by the abominable actions of the born-to-rule.

That the retrogressive part of the leadership of the Yoruba nation, under the thump and full control of the self-proclaimed ‘Lion of Bourdillion’, a master manipulator, the despot Tinubu, has bamboozled and has had their way with the Yoruba nation is undeniable. But just who is this manipulator Tinubu?

“It is, indeed, an irony that the people of the South-west, despite their sophistication, have been hoodwinked into the present pitfall through the doctrines of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, being propagated by some desperate self-acclaimed messiahs. These masqueraders disguised as democrats on the platform of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO), purporting to emancipate the South-west from the injustice of the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election won by a Yoruba son, the late Chief MKO Abiola. Sadly, they only ended up foisting a most fraudulent robber-baron on the Yoruba nation.

A man with a questionable past is today addressed as Bola Ahmed Tinubu and he could bear any name from his weird past such as Yekini Amoda Ogunlere, Hameed Sangodele, Yekini Amoda or even Bobo Chicago. Ever since his inglorious eight years rule as Governor of Lagos from 1999 to 2007 on the platform of the Alliance for Democracy (AD), to date, he has more or less served as the chief looter who has unleashed the most egregious corruption and reckless looting on the treasury of Lagos State. Even as he hides under the guise of championing democratic principles, various frauds including financial crimes have been linked to him such that he can only be summed up as a perpetrator of diabolical deeds.”

The Will

The Looting Of Lagos State

The well-crafted web of deceit by this retrogressive leadership is finally coming apart at the seams. The first sign of this discombobulation was the failed attempt to buy the Anambra governor’s election by their selected boy, Ngige, who was thoroughly trashed and then rejected with nothing to show for the billions of Naira invested to buy the election – a total rejection of the notion that Ndi Igbo are for sale to the highest bidder; a reality that is bound to soon sink in to Mallam Okorocha and Mallam Amaechi, two individuals who it appears have sold their souls to those who engineered the deaths of millions of their brethren.

Even more telling is the recent defeat of the Tinubu led group, after an attempt to rubbish the aspiration of the Yoruba ethnic nationalities to control their political space. Need we be reminded of the unshakeable Yoruba stance in support of a conference whether national or sovereign to control its destiny? Need we be reminded also that the Yoruba ethnic nationalities have been in the forefront of the drive for this conference? The audacity of Tinubu to offhandedly dismiss the aspirations of the Yoruba while calling them ‘a confused people’ is breathtaking.

“Tinubu said: “The National Assembly has devoted time to the review of the country’s constitution. What again is the purpose of Jonathan’s national confab? It is a way of fooling Nigerians. There was no law backing it and whatever comes out of it would be a nullity.

“Those in support of the National Conference are confused people. I am not a confused man, so I cannot support the confab. Those in support have proved to be confused.”

National Conference is a waste of time, says Tinubu

Why then should he be surprised that he was not invited to a meeting on the conference?

“A former Governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, has disclosed that he was not invited for the Friday meeting of Yoruba leaders organized to discuss the proposed National Conference.

A group, Yoruba Committee on National Conference, had met at the Isara-Remo, Ogun State-home of an elder statesman, Sir Olaniwun Ajayi, to put heads together ahead of the proposed national dialogue.

Some of the prominent Yoruba leaders at the meeting were Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State; Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti; former Minister of Finance, Chief Olu Falae; Gen. Alani Akinrinade (retd.); activist lawyer, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite; Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; Bishop Bolanle Gbonigi (retd.); Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu; and the convener, Save Nigeria Group, Pastor Tunde Bakare.”

Yoruba leaders shunned me for National Conference meeting – Tinubu

Is it not interesting how so-called leaders change their so-called immovable positions when the feel the pulse and heat from those they are sworn to lead but have relegated to the background?

“In what could be termed a paradigm shift in position, the top brass of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) announced that states under its control will in the end be part of the forthcoming national conference being proposed by the Federal Government.

The announcement came from Ekiti State when the Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, issued a statement penultimate Sunday indicating that the decision to participate was borne out of the need to respect the wishes of the people in their respective states.

As at the time of filing this reports, it remained unclear if there was a formal or informal meeting where the decision was taken; but the statement from Fayemi was clear enough to indicate that a shift has indeed taken place.

“As Governors, we are governors of all and not governors over our party members alone, hence the need to allow the states send delegates to the conference” in the terse statement wrote.”


APC, South-West and National Conference

It is now apparent that when this regressive leadership decided that it could arrogantly and without consultations take a position counter to the hope of the Yoruba, thereby rubbishing its most cherished position, a position that the Yoruba masses understood, had always embraced and where not ready to relinquish, this abominable leadership seem to have finally over reached itself, the only choice was to pull back.

Has the Yoruba masses finally had enough? Is the quote by Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of US, ‘you may deceive all the people part of the time, and part of the people all the time, but not all the people all the time’, been proven true? Only time will tell!

“AHEAD of the planned national conference, Yoruba leaders across the country, led by Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, yesterday converged in Lagos calling for the adoption of parliamentary system of government.

Also, they maintained that the outcome of the conference could only be accepted to Nigerians if it went through referendum.

The leaders who made the call at a gathering tagged: “Pan-Yoruba Agenda for the 2014 National Conference,” said the country had to return to parliamentary system of government, arguing that it was less expensive to run unlike the current presidential system.

Reading  a 21-point agenda for the National Conference on behalf of others, the founder of Oodua Peoples’ Congress, OPC, Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, said the Yoruba people appreciated the fact that the parliamentary system of government allowed each of the region to develop at its own pace.

According to him,  “Yoruba is moving for parliamentary system instead of the presidential system because the Parliamentary system comes with inherent advantages, including being less expensive, enhancing the de-monetisation of politics, de-emphasising corruptive tendencies, promoting easy re-call of erring public office holders and guaranteeing robust decussions before decisions are taken.”

Apart from this, the forum emphasised  the need to subject the outcome of the conference to referendum, introduction of new constitution for Nigeria, respect for the rights of minorities and adequate representation of Nigerian 317 ethnic nationalities in the National Conference.

In an interview, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite said though, the National Conference was considered historical, no force within or outside government should attempt to stop it or programme its outcome.

According to Braithwaite, the amalgamation that brought Southern and Northern protectorates together in 1914 was fraudulent, arguing that this was therefore the right time to revisit it.” – Vanguard

It is instructive that the Yoruba ethnic nationalities have as usual embraced their long held position despite the shenanigans of Tinubu and his born-to-rule masters. 

Each ethnic nationality must control its political space;

Each ethnic nationality must control 100% of its resources;

Each ethnic nationality must grow at its own pace;

Each ethnic nationality must speak for its self;

Each ethnic nationality must make the ultimate choice to continue in Nigeria or plot its own path.

Maazi Mene Onumonu-Uzoaru, Oha Ka (The PEOPLE are SUPREME), Ancient Igbo/Biafara ’in training’ Analyst, Strategist and Long Range Planner

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