*asks agitators to forget the idea for now
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Founder and Spiritual Head of Shafaudeen in Islam Worldwide, Professor Sabit Ariyo Olagoke on Thursday asked agitators of Yoruba nation to forget the idea for now until the people of the region learn to remain united, and speak with one voice.
Featuring at the Oyo state NUJ Correspondents chapel Guest at the month programme held at the Chapel’s Secretariat in Ibadan , Professor Olagoke said Yoruba elders are not really ready for the self determination yet.
The former Dean, School of Engineering, Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, Ogun State emphasized that the body language of Yoruba leaders is a clear indication that they are not prepared for self determination.
He stressed that there is the need for those behind the agitation for Yoruba nation to go and study the agenda of Brexit, and study how Britain was able to come out of the union successfully after many years.
” Yoruba are highly divided. Look at the people agitating , look at their antecedents. Some Yoruba leaders were some of those behind the advisors of government against their own people”, he said.
Prof Olagoke added, “even your governor here disowned Igboho who is agitating for Yoruba nation. Look at Chief M.K.O. Abiola before he was executed through the conspiracy theory, Babangida ensured that Yoruba people were used against him. They rose against him(Abiola). So, the Yoruba people are not prepared for self determination.”
The Islamic Cleric who accused the political class in the country of complacency, and lack of vision, Olagoke, declared that Nigeria is not yet democratise, saying .the myriads of problems facing Nigeria was unfortunate.
Blaming the rise in ethnic agitation to the absence of Justice and equity in the country.Professor Olagoke lamented the rate of insecurity in the country with most of the uneducated youths becoming armed bandits, kidnappers and killer herdsmen because of institutionalised hunger and poverty.
On education, Professor Olagoke frowned at the attitude of the political class in destroying education in Nigeria by failing to fund the education sector.
”Education in Nigeria is not functional. You can’t give what you don’t have, UNESCO says you must allocate 22 percent to fund education. But the profile data we have in the last 15 years is 5percent, 7percent, 10 percent maximum. However, in Ghana, the data showed that about 32 percent were allocated to education and that has been so for the past 15 years..That is why many Nigerians are now flying their children to Ghana for quality education”, while this has resulted in a lot of rots in Nigeria education.