Yoruba leaders meet, demand true federalism

Yoruba leaders meet, demand true federalism

Top Yoruba leaders have met in Lagos, and renewed their demand for the introduction of true federalism and restructuring of the country.

The leaders are drawn from several socio-cultural organizations in the South West, including Afenifere, the Yoruba Council of Elders, Afenifere Renewal Group, and Yoruba Unity Forum.

Their spokesman, Yinka Odumakin, addressing newsmen after the meeting said the meeting is not sectional, and will pave the way for a larger summit of Yoruba leaders.

“It is a meeting of Yoruba leaders, who have come together to look at the state of Yoruba nation within Nigeria. You can see the people, the who-is-who, and we resolved on the need for the Yoruba to step up the struggle for the restructuring of Nigeria, to work on our unity among those who are here and to bring in those who are not here so that Yoruba can stand as one and to pursue the economic growth in Yorubaland.

“And towards this, Yoruba would be having a summit where all shades of Yoruba people that are not even here would gather.

“This one is not a meeting of any group. It is not a sectional meeting, it is a meeting of all Yoruba leaders who have resolved that time has come for us to speak with one voice, with one vote and to navigate our way to a properly structured Nigeria, and we want to live under federalism,” he said.

Some of the South West leaders at the meeting, included Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Retired General Alani Akinriade, Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu, Senator Femi Okunronmu, Aremo Olusegun Osoba, Chief Kehinde Sofola, Doctor Femi Olajide and Chief Supo Sonibare.

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