The exit of the media mogul, Otunba Deji Osibogun from the Yoruba World Congress YWC may portend the eventual disintegration of the Pan-Yoruba social-cultural group, the convener of a sister group, Yoruba Mandate Group YMG, Akogun Banji Ojo has warned.
Osibogun, the erstwhile Organising Secretary of YWC had in a resignation letter addressed to the president of the group, Prof. Akintoye said he was quitting the group with immediate effect.
According to Osibogun who is the convener of Yoruba Ko’ya Movement for Development, Leadership, Training and Peace Foundation, he considered it worthy of quitting as YWC’s organising secretary to pave the way for others to contribute their quota to the development of Yoruba land.
In a swift reaction to the development however, Akogun Banji Ojo noted that unfolding ugly developments in the YWC led by Prof. Banji Akintoye were indicative of the rancour amongst the rank and file of the leadership of the group. He said the misunderstanding in the group would sooner or later snowball into a conflagration that would consume the group because of its fragile foundation, if utmost care was not taken.
‘’What’s happening in the Yoruba World Congress YWC has not come to me as a surprise, he said, adding; the formation of the group with the emergence of Prof Banji Akintoye did not follow due process as it was based on political consideration rather than enjoying the support and acceptance of the wide spectrum of the various Yoruba interest groups’’.
He said the exit of Osibogun who played a critical role in the formation of the group and emergence of Prof Akintoye as its President-General portends bad omen for the group’s continued existence. ‘’ You don’t need a soothsayer to tell you that all is not well with Prof. Akitoye-led Pan-Yoruba social-cultural group with the exit of a personality like Osibogun from the group’’, he maintained.
In a statement signed by the Media Executive of the Yoruba Mandate Group, Otunba Sayo Akintola on Monday in Lagos, Akogun Banji Ojo noted with regrets that Prof. Akintoye failed to leverage on the goodwill of his supporters to consolidate on the initial euphoria that heralded the formation of the group. He said rather than bringing the various vexed interest groups in Yoruba land together, Prof. Akintoye’s YWC has continued to follow a parochial path in running the group.
According to Akogun Banji Ojo, the incessant call for the emergence of Oduduwa Republic from the existing Nigerian project by Prof. Akintoye and his group has political undertone aimed at destabilising the country to please some political juggernauts in the country who are acting as a fifth columnist.
‘’ I want to state unequivocally that the call for Yoruba Republic by Prof. Akintoye’s YWC is a scam’’, Akogun said.
The YMG’s convener added that what should be the preoccupation of the Prof Akintoye-led group was how to ensure unity amongst the various strata of the Yoruba society. He further noted with dismay that Prof. Akintoye and Pa Ayo Adebanjo, an Afenifere leader, were not in speaking terms while the highly revered professor of History has not deemed it fit to pay a visit to Asiwaji Bola Tinubu, another Yoruba leader and national leader of the ruling All Progressive Party APC in his effort to ensure unity and peace in Yoruba land.
Akogun Banji Ojo said all notable Yoruba leaders irrespective of party or religious inclinations should be galvanised for the achievement of sustainable peace and development in Yoruba land.
He said rather than calling for the emergence of Oduduwa Republic which could be met with stiff opposition by the central authorities with its backlash on the sons and daughters of Oduduwa in the long-run, true federalism should be advocated and encouraged to ensure that each federating unit in the country is allowed to develop at its own pace.
‘’In the South West, we already have our healthcare system, education system, and with the right environment we can go places as an entity within Nigeria’’, Akogun said. He however, maintained that Yoruba Mandate Group YMG with thousands of members in 42 countries across the globe would not support any move to dismember the country for selfish reasons.
He said the group has as its core mandates, education rejuvenation, affordable healthcare system and eradication of poverty in the Southwest part of the country, including Kogi and Kwara.