The Yoruba summit of veiled agendas

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Fani-Kayode’s threat to advocate for the breakup of Nigeria if the government fails to listen to those calling for restructuring was what led me to the story of the Yoruba summit that held in Ibadan on Thursday.

When I dug deeper into the story, I knew that this was another political propaganda building up. I may be wrong but for many reasons, this thought is worth giving room to.

On the platform of this summit, Nigeria’s former Minister of Aviation, Fani-Kayode, had declared his stand on the need to restructure Nigeria to the federal government (FG) of Nigeria in a threatening manner.

At the same summit, Fani-Kayode, who is now widely known as a political nuissance and noisemaker, tried to impose his stand on every other Yoruba person. He claimed that about 90 percent of the Yoruba tribe are of the view that Nigeria needs to be restructured.

Wherever he got this statistics, the agenda must go beyond statistics and the collective good of the Nigerian people.

Let me tell you, 90 percent of the Yorubas I know are mostly indifferent about restructuring of Nigeria. And, more than 90 percent are even not convinced that restructuring will resolve the problems and challenges in the society, whether at national or tribal level.

One might not be wrong to think that Fani-Kayode is somewhat aiming to brew among the Yoruba people what Nnamdi Kanu brewed up among the Igbos in south-east Nigeria. Afterall, he publicly proclaimed his support for Kanu’s cause and means.

There was hardly any noise and agitation from Fani-Kayode in the three years he spent as Special Assistant on Public Affairs to former President Olusegun Obasanjo, or the one year he spent as Minister of Culture and Tourism, and Minister of Aviation respectively during Obasanjo’s administration.

Take a closer look at the principal organisers and promoters of the summit too, they include top present-day Yoruba leaders and politicians. People who have not met the success they desired in the politics of the current polity and believe that the restructuring of Nigeria or the secession of Yoruba states from Nigeria will provide them a better opportunity to get that success.

The chairman of the organising committee for the summit was Dr Kunle Olajide, the Aare of Efon Kingdom of Ekiti and Secretary of Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE).

Olajide had told journalists that the gathering would be a non-political one.

I am stil wondering how a gathering to discuss the governance of a group of people will be a non-political one.

According to report, at the end of the deliberations made at the summit, the chairman of the summit, Afe Babalola, and Kunle Olajide, signed and issued a communiqué which they claim conveys the voice of all the Yoruba leaders and politicians at the event and insisted on the restructuring of Nigeria.

Do not let it surprise you, these Yoruba leaders and politicians have already started daydreaming about the sharing ratio for all revenues made through taxation in a restructured Nigeria.

In the communiqué, they have demanded that 50 percent of such revenues go to the state governments, 35 percent to regional governments and 15 percent to the federal government.

No doubt, for an obscure few, this summit was certainly nothing but a profit sharing and brain washing exercise covered with the usual veils of tribalism and social change.

I must iterate that the views expressed at this summit does not represent the views of the entire Yoruba tribe or even half of it.

Governor Ayo Fayose of Ekiti, former Governor of Ogun, Gbenga Daniel and leader of one of the factions of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) Gani Adams were also in attendance.



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