By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Worried by the spate of insecurity in the country, the Pan Yoruba Socio political group Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) on Monday called on the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and other paramount traditional rulers in Yorubaland to convene a Yoruba leaders of thought meeting.
The group in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan by its Publicity Secretary, Mr Kunle Famoriyo, pointed out that this became necessary in view of the fact that issues of insecurity, inflation, and unemployment in Nigeria are taking a deleterious toll on the overall wellbeing of Yoruba people
According to Afenifere Renewal Group, with the present situation in Nigeria there is the need for an alternative thought-leadership front to complement the efforts of the political leadership, saying, ” Nigerian governors, despite the rare and commendable bravery that some of them have exhibited, are no doubt overwhelmed and hamstrung by Constitutional constraints”.
” It is important that proactive steps are taken in the face of crumbling and ineffective constitutional governance in Nigeria. If there will be any saving grace for Yoruba people with respect to managing and averting the impact of crises of governance in Nigeria, the preeminent traditional institutions, especially the Ooni and Alaafin, must work together to mobilise Yoruba people to take proactive steps”, it said
ARG added, ” these two institutions must never leave Yoruba people, at home and abroad, in doubt of the direction to go, including possible activation of doctrines of necessity. Constitutional approach to resolving Nigeria’s multifarious socioeconomic challenges as “we have been doing over the years has proven to be a guarantee that the challenges would persist and get worse and solutions would become harder to find.”
“We must not continue to pretend that all is well in Yorubaland and that we are seemingly or relatively immune from all the major crises ongoing in other parts of Nigeria and neighbouring countries. Already crime rate is increasing at an alarming rate, fuelled by growing migration and biting poverty.”
It stressed further, ” ARG believes that Nigeria’s survival may depend to a significant extent on the action and/or inaction in the South West region and we are pleading that proper and timely actions be taken in the interest of our people “.