By Sunday Oguntuyi, Osogbo
The former chairman of All Progressives Congress and an elder state man in the party, Chief Adebisi Akande has adduced the plunging of the Yoruba into exile to the efforts of some selfish Yoruba leaders in depressing and degrading the authentic aspirations of the Yoruba people.
He noted that the consequence of the actions of these Yoruba leaders in collusion with their Northern and Eastern counterparts metamorphosed into the disunity of the country and the promotion of religious conflict which resulted in the migration of the Yoruba people to the diaspora.
Akande who spoke at the unveiling of Karele Oodua Logo and Investiture of Karele Oodua Ambassadors organized by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Culture and Tourism in the state of Osun noted that these actions dating back to the slave trade pre-colonialism to the current democratic setting of Nigeria has culminated in the setback witnessed by the Yoruba people.
The former Governor of Osun state posited that the inactions of these selfish leaders has put the nation in economic imbroglio and massive exploitation of the nation’s commonwealth.
He said “After the independence, for reasons of rank promotions, our leaders in military uniforms collaborated with the north to destabilize our political strength, to maginalize our people, to expropriate our patrimonies like the University of Ife, the western Nigerian television, the Liberty Stadium etc. and to hound our elites and youths into graves and into exile for another layers of Yoruba in diaspora.”
“And they assisted in annulling Abiola’s election out of the Presidency of Nigeria. Since the beginning of this Republic, the same leaders, for reasons of greed and self aggrandizement, cringed to the north and the East for political influence to continue to depress and degrade the authentic aspirations of the Yoruba people with a sermon that the Yoruba should join the mainstream politics of Nigeria.”
Akande noted “The consequences of all these corrupt actions of our Yoruba leaders in collaboration with other greedy and corrupt Nigerian leaders is the total crash of the Nigerian economy which gave rise to the present urban and rural slums and infrastructure decay together with its accompanied various criminals ravaging our society today.
“The emphasis of the economic destructions have resulted in more migration of most Nigerian Youths into most ugly exile to the diaspora since the beginning of this century. Each community has its criminals. It is a fraudulent and ungodly tradition to join the corrupt North and East of Nigeria in throwing Nigeria into an economic perdition and begin to call on those of us who are innocent to give chorus to your songs in blaming the criminal consequences on a particular religion or ethnicity.”
Chief Akande who warned that the result of using politics to generate religious wars will continue to send numerous other Yoruba Youths into diaspora in a most undignified fashion commended efforts of the Osun state government to encourage the pilgrimage of Yoruba in the diaspora back home.
Governor, state of Osun, Mr Gboyega Oyetola represented by his Deputy, Mr Gboyega Alabi said the motive of Karele Oodua is to preserve the rich Yoruba culture and boost the tourism potential of the state.
He expressed optimism that the programme would be an annual affair of bringing back sons and daughters of Oduduwa who have migrated to the outside world to their ancestral land to know more about the tradition of their forebearers.
Gov Oyetola stated the resolve of his administration to continue to promote culture and enact policies that would make the state the Tourism hub of the nation.
In his address, the Supervisor, Ministry of Home Affairs, Culture, Tourism and Environment in the state of Osun, Dr Adebisi Obawale said the state government of Osun decided to sponsor the Karele Oodua programme to sustain and promote the rich cultural heritage of the Yoruba people.
He said the attraction of Yoruba people from the diaspora to the state of Osun in a pilgrimage holding between 10th – 25th August, 2019 would also boost the economic potential of the state.
Dr Obawale urged the people of the state to accord the visitors warm reception during the period of the pilgrimage.
The Chairman, Technical Committee of Karele Oodua, Prof Adisa Ogunfolakan said the initiative is geared to return the descendants of Oduduwa to their ancestral land with the aim to learn and see for themselves what the African Traditional Religion encapsulates.
He stressed that the essence of the project is to also enhance the promotion of the rich Yoruba cultural heritage.
Highlight of the event was the unveiling of the Karele Oodua Logo by Chief Bisi Akande and the Deputy Governor of the state of Osun, Mr Benedict Alabi and the representative of the Ooni of Ife as well as the Investiture of the Karele Oodua Ambassadors.