By OLA AJAYI
IBADAN — SOME Yoruba in Kogi and Kwara states, yesterday, demanded they should be excised from the two states and join their kith and kin in the South-West.
Represented by Chief Joe Olarogun and Ayo Aberoran, at the Ibadan meeting organised by the Yoruba National Assembly, led by Lt-General Alani Akinrinade (rtd), many other speakers called for the restructuring of the country.
Akinrinade, at the forum advised Yoruba to put behind them political, ethnical and socio-cultural differences so that the zone could forge ahead.
Those at the meeting included the governors of Oyo, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Mr. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State; Dr. Dejo Raimi, chieftain of the PDP, Prof. Adetoun Ogunsheye, leading traditional and political leaders from the region.
The forum was well-attended by members of the Action Congress of Nigeria and other sons and daughters of the zone.
Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade; Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi and other leading traditional rulers from Oyo and Osun states were absent.
Akinrinade said the meeting was conveyed after wide consultations with elders and leaders of Yorubaland to reflect on how to make Nigeria conducive to the development of Yoruba civilisation.
He said: “It is intended to allow us, as Yoruba sons and daughters all over the federation to rub minds on the way out of the country’s crippling underdevelopment with specific emphasis on the parlous state of affairs in the South-West.
“I believe in the unity of our federation and have spent most of my adult life lending credence to that assertion. Today’s assembly is to allow the Yoruba nation, across social, political and sub-ethnic divides to rub minds about the future of our own corner of Nigeria.”
“Our region has become a mendicant region that waits for limited droppings from the table of the Federal Government in Abuja.”