24th September, 2010
Participants at the summit on Yoruba Development Agenda held yesterday in Ibadan, capitalÂ of Oyo State, submitted that current leaders of the Yoruba race had failed their people.
Among those who held this view were: the Osun State 2007 governorship candidate underÂ Action Congress (AC), Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, and his counterpart in Oyo State, SenatorÂ Isiaka Ajimobi; former Commissioner of Health in Osun State, Lai Oyeduntan; an astuteÂ politician and business mogul, Barrister Bisi Adegbuyi, Dr. Femi Obayori, Mrs. GladysÂ Ogunleye and Gbolahan Lawal.
Aregbesola condemned the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP)-led government in the SouthÂ West, stressing that PDP is a curse to the South West region.
According to him, PDP government had brought more calamities to the South West thanÂ imagined before their advent, pointing out that it is suicidal working with the PDPÂ government in any part of the nation.
His words: â€œPDP is a party of thieves. Our woes in the South West is that PDP is rulingÂ us. Since PDP came into power, there has been no peace, poverty has tremendouslyÂ increased, no infrastructure, bad roads are everywhere because they will not constructÂ roads and the one they construct are substandard.
“Obasanjoâ€™s administration was not a blessing to the West because his administration madeÂ us to lose control of power and value in our region.â€
All the speakers who took turn to speak opined that for the Yoruba race to regain itsÂ lost glory, it has to pay attention to qualitative education, health, good governance,Â provision of infrastructure and security.
Delivering a keynote address, on the theme of the summit, â€œYoruba Value: AÂ re-awakening-Agenda for 2011 and beyondâ€, a USA-based scholar, Dr. Wale Adebanwi,Â advocated for a revolution as the only way out of the nationâ€™s logjam, adding that allÂ hopes were lost for things to ordinarily improve.
Adebanwi said: â€œAll the indications of hope are virtually absent; there is absence ofÂ national leadership, the National Assembly carries on as if we are in the 1970s when weÂ were awash with petro-dollars with hardly anything to do with it. Most political partiesÂ operate less efficienly than the boys scout movement. Many banks operate like organizedÂ crime syndicates. Most of those who have several issues with the law and ought to be inÂ jail are the ones making laws in our legislative houses and signing them in theÂ government houses.â€
He urged the Yoruba race especially the leaders to come together and work as a teamÂ irrespective of their political affiliations.
â€œAll these must be at the back of our mind as we deliberate today on what is to be done.Â We cannot rescue Yorubaland in isolation. We need to dig into Yoruba theories of powerÂ and social relations to understand this and proceed from the cultural wisdom at ourÂ disposal.â€