Ooni, Alaafin, Olubadan, Yoruba leaders at Yoruba Unity Forum workshop
The Ooni of Ife, His Royal Majesty, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, the Alaafin of Oyo, His Royal Majesty, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola and Olubadan of Ibadanland, His Royal Majesty, Oba Saliu Adetunji and hordes of Yoruba leaders including Arch Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu, Rear Admiral Akin Aduwo, Dr Tokunbo Awolowo Dosumu, former Governor Omololu Olunloyo and Senator Femi Okurounmu were, on Thursday, present at the Yoruba Unity Forum workshop entitled: “State of the Nation: Yoruba, where are we?”
Others were Professor Banji Akitoye, Aare Gani Adams, Senator Anthony Adefuye and Mr Yinka Odumakin, among others.
Speaking at the workshop, the foremost royal fathers insisted that unity among the Yoruba people and deemphasising self-centredness remained the only way for the Yoruba race to move forward.
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The Ooni of Ife, who spoke as the Royal Host of the workshop, maintained that the Yoruba were created perfect by God and given the knowledge on administration and politics, making reference to the historical achievement of the Old Oyo Empire in terms of democracy and order.
He, however, stressed that race derailed because its people became selfish and self-conceited as individuals when they had opportunities of leadership, noting that the only way the Yoruba could return to its enviable heights in the nation is for its people to deemphasise the self by recognising the place of others and God.
In his speech as the chairman of the workshop, the Alaafin of Oyo, who was represented by his second in command and Basorun of Oyo, High Chief Yusuf Akinade, also stressed the need for the Yoruba to unite in the face of the challenges facing the nation.
According to the monarch, the politicians in Yoruba land have failed the nation in many ways through their self-centredness and for the race to get it right, there “is the need for frank talks, which is what we are doing here today. All of you here should go back home and deliver the messages you hear here appropriately. Tell the political leaders that they should stop being deceptive by saying something while clamouring for votes and doing the opposite when they get to office.”
The Alaafin maintained that the time had come for the Yoruba nation to take its rightful place in the nation, hence the workshop that brought together he and the Ooni, noting that they as royal fathers had begun to demonstrate the unity needed among the Yoruba people.