- Governor Fayose of Ekiti state has called on Yoruba elders to do more for the people
- The Ekiti governor accused the leaders of being the problem of the region, saying the war against Yoruba land is from within
- Also speaking, Femi Fani-Kayode reiterated the need for restructuring
- He said if restructuring is not granted, the elders should prepare for Oduduwa Republic
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti has taken a swipe at former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and other Yoruba elders saying they were the biggest problem of the region.
The Punch reports that the Ekiti governor spoke at the Yoruba Summit in Ibadan, Oyo state on Thursday, September 7.
He accused the present Yoruba elders of not doing enough for the region saying Yoruba forefathers fought for them.
He said: “People can only discard my voice but they cannot throw me away. Our forefathers in Yoruba land tried their best but the present Yoruba elders are our problem. This is our fathers’ land and they must defend it.
“We have had great meetings like this that were held in the past and which were attended by Yoruba elders, but after the meetings, the so-called elders would approach the media and said we do not need restructuring. This does not make any sense.
“The war against Yoruba land is from within. We have selfish elders in the land. Through the period when one of our elders ruled Nigeria, he never deemed it fit to honour Chief M. K. O. Abiola, who died fighting the cause of Yoruba people.
“We are fighting for a just cause now but this man will appear on the television and say restructuring is not the way. He put us in the position we are today.
“I align myself with what our elders have said but they must fight without fear if we have to move forward. God will help you. There is no alternative to regionalism.
“You cannot blame the governors who are not here because our present leaders have turned themselves to Lions. When the governors want to talk, they roar at them to keep them quiet.”
Also, Femi Fani-Kayode insisted that if restructuring is not granted, then the elders should prepare for Oduduwa Republic.
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“If we cannot have regional restructuring, let us prepare ourselves for Oduduwa Republic. That is the thinking of the majority of our people but as a first step, let us demand restructuring.
“We appeal to the Federal Government, all political leaders and all parties, let us restructure this country and devolve powers to the states. Give us the power to live our lives.
“Nobody can suppress the Yoruba people, nobody stops us; we are the sons of Oduduwa and we shall go forth.”
NAIJ.com had reported that the people and leaders of the Yoruba in the south-west, Kogi and Kwara states and the Diaspora demanded for a six-regional structure as a condition for an indivisible country.
The Yoruba leaders also recommended the devolution of 25 items on the Exclusive list in the 1999 Constitution, ranging from customs duties to exchange control, currency, coinage and legal tender, arms, ammunition and explosives, and citizenship, naturalisation and aliens among others.
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