11th June, 2010
A prominent chieftain of the Yoruba Unity Forum, Bishop Emmanuel Bolanle Gbonigi, has expressed concern over what he described as the loss of direction among the Yoruba race of Nigeria.
Bishop Gbonigi, who lamented that the Yoruba people were no longer committed to the ideals for which they were prominent, made this remark in a speech he delivered recently at the Forumâ€™s meeting in Ikenne, Ogun State, Nigeria.
Bishop Gbonigi attributed the challenges which threatened the unity of the race to the fact that the people, in their quest to seek solutions to the problem, took the wrong ‘diagnosis’.
He said for absolute unity, the Yoruba people must â€œrecognize and admit that the real issue is the devaluation, abandonment and loss of our individual and collective commitment to the time-tested Yoruba philosophy of Omoluabi.
â€œIt is however unfortunate that many of our fellow Nigerians have been taking undue advantage of this moral quality to cheat and to exploit Yoruba people, and doing so with an attitude which shows that they feel that the Yoruba person is foolish.â€
He added that the time had come for the people of the race to liberate themselves and demand for their rights under the umbrella of the Forum