- Ooni of Ife has declared that the southwest region will no longer play a second fiddle in Nigeria's politics
- The respected monarch also insisted that the southwest has no reason to allow itself to be schemed out of the country’s political configuration
- Meanwhile, Biodun Omoleye, chief of staff to Ekiti state governor called for constitutional empowerment for traditional rulers
Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ooni of Ife says the southwest region will not play a second fiddle again in the politics of Nigeria.
The monarch disclosed this at his palace in Ile- Ife, Osun state on Sunday, March 31, when chief of staff to Ekiti state governor, Biodun Omoleye delivered a lecture entitled: “Enculturation of the Yoruba culture among youth: Implications on social reengineering and good governance”, at a cultural programme organised by Yoruba Youth Council(YYC).
The Nation reports that Oba Ogunwusi noted that the Yoruba nation has no reason to allow itself to be schemed out of the country’s political configuration.
“Yoruba has always been known for being a pacesetter since pre-independence days. So, we cannot take backseat; and to achieve this, we must be united and our youths must promote our cultural, economic and political values.”
On his part, chief of staff to Ekiti state governor, Biodun Omoleye called for constitutional empowerment for the traditional rulers, insisting that such policy would help in stabilising the country.
According to him, the traditional rulers must be empowered to legally handle issues bothering on communal clashes, child abuse and local disputes.
“The traditional rulers should be empowered to handle cases relating to cultural differences, ranging from child abuse, matrimonial, communal differences and disputes.
“This will decongest the conventional courts and reduce prison inmates. This will also stabilise the society rather than the punitive English legal system that we are currently practicing.”
Going further, he added that Yoruba youths must begin to pose as true ambassadors by joining the vanguard that would fight for the race to regain its rightful pride of place.
“The first democratically elected government under the late Obafemi Awolowo ran the best civil service in Africa and established institutions that were the best in the continent.
“The first television station in Ibadan was a product of Yoruba vision, the Liberty Stadium and of course, the University College Hospital, Ibadan was at a time the best medical centre in the entire Commonwealth.
“With the personality like Oba Ogunwusi on the throne, hope has not been totally lost. This is a great time for reformation and restoration of Yoruba values and culture and our imperial Majesty is well-positioned to champion this course,” he said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Nigeria’s elder statesman, Tanko Yakasai, said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may be rooting for the party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, or Vice President Yemi Osinbajo to take over from Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
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Yakasai said he was sure of an unwritten understanding that the presidential candidacy of the APC would shift to the south west and have Osinbajo or Tinubu flying its ticket.
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