–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA):
It is becoming increasingly difficult to understand the nuances of the Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, especially in recent times.
The much acclaimed and widely proclaimed defender of the Yoruba nation is gradually indulging in the antithetical ethos, detrimental to the spirit of its foundational objectives and goals.
Her recent campaign for the power shift to the South East when capable people from her traditional extraction has signified interest to run for the presidency, speaks volumes of her pursuit of a personal vendetta than her love for equity, fairness and justice.
This is not to say that the South East does not deserve it, though. It is long overdue even when Afenifere compromised and threw her weight behind Obasanjo second term bid, which saw to the defeat of all AD states except Lagos state, in 2003.
So, one can truly appreciate and understand the angle from which the fractionalised socio-cultural organisation is coming when they declared that, not ceding the nation’s Presidency to the south East amounts to a “gang-up”.
There is no denying the fact that the raging factional wars within the Afenifere family, championed by Pa Ayo Adebanjo on one hand and the erstwhile governor of Ogun state, Chief Segun Osoba, is still on.
This has led to the divisions and the watering down of an hitherto strong force and voice of the Yoruba nation, such that personal sentiments are erroneously been mistaken for the collective position of the embattled group.
Politics is a game of numbers fraught with negotiations, compromises, alignment and realignment. The Igbo nation understand this and thus do not need Afenifere to remind them of their perennial pain. They must not make a mountain out of a mole hill.
- Austen AKHAGBEME is a Columnist with Blank NEWS Online
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