The Yoruba Council of Elders have expressed concern over the worsening insecurity in the northern parts of the country. During the General Assembly of the council in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, they asked the Federal Government to fashion out a way of ending the crisis.
The council, in a communique by its President, Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo; Secretary General, Chief Idowu Sofola (SAN); and the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Oluyemi Falade, said the crisis in the North had led to a colossal loss of lives and property. The communique read in part, “Igbimo Agba Yoruba is very much disturbed about the security situation in this country particularly in the Northern part of Nigeria, leading to wanton destruction of lives and property resulting from insurgencies.
The YCE, which urged the FG to repair Ibadan-Ogbomoso to Ilorin, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and other federal roads in the South-West lamented lopsided federal appointments, which they said did not favour Yoruba. The group also advocated diversification of the nation’s economy while urging that priority should be given to agriculture.
He said, “This is not what history tells us about the Yoruba. And because our voices are different and divided, we became pawns in Nigeria’s political chess game. The effect of this is seen in comatose infrastructural facilities, which identification is decadence in the entire region. “Failed road network, lopsided appointments skewed against the South- West and other unwarranted short–changing ironically for a people that is articulate, enlightened and socially alert.”