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LAUNCH OF “AWO”: Yoruba Leaders insist on Restructuring

It was a great gathering of prominent Yoruba leaders at the presentation of the Yoruba Language version of the book, AWO, the Autobiography of Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

The event, which took place at the International Conference Centre of the University of Ibadan paraded eminent personalities like the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi III, Leader of the Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba, Chief Gani Adams Afenifere Spokesperson, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, Prof. Banji Akintoye and a host of others.

The leaders unanimously reiterated the call for restructuring, saying it is the panacea for the rising state of insecurity in the country.

In his speech, the Alaafin of Oyo frowned at the savoured relationship between the Yorubas and the Fulanis as a result of supposed cattle rearers armed like soldiers.

He said: “As far as I am concerned, there is no solution to the current national challenge than restructuring of our federal system to the glorious old days with some modifications where necessary.”

He eulogised the memory of Chief Awolowo, stressing that no Nigerian leader could ever match Awolowo’s record of achievements.

In their contributions, Chief Gani Adams and Chief Ayo Adebanjo lambasted South-West governors for choosing to play politics instead of addressing security issues frontally.

The leaders rejected the proposed RUGA Settlement by the Federal Government, and swore to resist any incursion by the Fulanis into Yorubaland.

Other dignitaries present at the gathering were Chief Imam of Yorubaland, Sheik Raheem Aduanigba; Asiwaju Solomon Onafowokan, Aare Kola Oyefeso representing Chief Kingston Adebutu; Oba Samson Adegbola, the Eleruwa of Eruwa; Prince Bola Ajibola, Oba of Jebbaland, Oba Abdulkadir Adebara, Senator Femi Okunrounmu and many others.

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