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Bola Tinubu- Yoruba leaders didn’t invite me to confab meeting.


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Former Governor of Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu,

has said he did not attend the Friday meeting of Yoruba leaders on the proposed national conference because he was not invited. A group, Yoruba Committee on National Conference, had met at the Isara-Remo, Ogun State-home of an elder statesman, Sir Olaniwun Ajayi, to strategise on the selection of delegates for the South-West geopolitical zone ahead of the conference. Some of the prominent Yoruba leaders at the meeting were Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State; Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti; former Minister of Finance, Chief Olu Falae; Gen. Alani Akinrinade (retd.); activist lawyer, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite; Afenifere leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; Bishop Bolanle Gbonigi (retd.); Archbishop Ayo Ladigbolu; and the convener, Save Nigeria Group, Pastor Tunde Bakare. Speaking to our correspondent on Saturday, Tinubu’s media aide, Mr. Sunday Dare, said there were attempts by some leaders in the South-West to sideline other Yoruba leaders, especially those in the APC. He said, “Have you asked whether they (APC leaders) were intimated about the meeting? There was no communication whatsoever. There was an attempt by a group of self-appointed Yoruba leaders to isolate some other persons. And this has been going on for a long time. “There was no information out there, whether in the public or privately. And it is not possible for these leaders — the APC leaders or the Yoruba leaders in the APC — to go for a meeting they don’t know about; a meeting they were not invited to. It is not possible.” Also, the Publicity Secretary, APC, Lagos State chapter, Mr. Joe Igbokwe, said it was left to the people to judge whether they were the leaders of the Yoruba nation or not. He said such a meeting without Tinubu and the APC governors from Lagos, Oyo, Ogun, Osun, Ekiti and “probably” Edo states was incomplete. Igbokwe said, “There are leaders, there are also leaders. We, as the followers can choose where we want to be. They are leaders in their own class. I can’t deny Chief Ayo Adebanjo; I know him in the days of the locust. I can’t deny others but there are leaders and there are also leaders. “Asiwaju and the governors of the APC states (in the South-West) were not there. If you’re doing something in the South-West and you cannot find the APC leaders who have about 90 per cent control of the leadership of the zone, then what are you talking about? It means that there is a lacuna.” But his Ogun APC counterpart, Mr. Sola Lawal, said the opposition party was still opposed to the conference and would not attend such meetings as a result. He stated the party had made it clear that the conference must be attended by ethnic nationalities only. He said the party’s opposition to the confab had been justified by the announcement that the memorandum from the exercise would be subjected to legislation by the National Assembly and that the recommendations by the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference had been widely criticised. Lawal said, “As progressives in the APC, we do not believe in that conference because we have not seen the sincerity of the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration to put the conference together.” Contrary to the claim that he (Tinubu) was not invited, Ayo Adebanjo was quoted in a national daily newspaper on Saturday as saying that Tinubu and other APC chieftains rebuffed efforts made to invite them to the forum.

Source: Radio Biafra.

Obas of Coward Yoruba says Confab must give Nigeria peace and stability.


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YORUBA traditional rulers and leaders of thought, on Tuesday, in Ile-Ife, tasked President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that the proposed national conference gives Nigeria and its people the much needed stability and peace.The Yoruba leaders, leaders of thought and other socio-cultural groups, including Afenifere, Afenifere Renewal Group, Yoruba World Assembly, Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), Yoruba Council of Elders, Yoruba Unity Forum, among others, who converged on the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, submitted that the forthcoming national conference must provide strong platform which could guarantee peace and stability of the nation.After a closed door meeting, which lasted for almost five hours, the Yoruba obas in a 4-point communique signed by Yinka Odumakin, also appointed former Secretary to the Federal Government, Chief Olu Falae and General Alani Akinrinade respectively as the chairman and secretary of the Yoruba Obas and Leaders of Thought.According to the communique, “the meeting encouraged President Goodluck Jonathan to ensure that he midwifes a proper conference that would give Nigeria a structure conducive to stability, peace, unity and progress of all sections of the country.”It reads in part: “We commend the President for initiating the process towards the convocation of a national conference to address various

challenges of nationhood facing Nigeria, which we have failed to fully address in the last 53 years of our existence as an independent country.“The meeting fully endorsed the proposed national conference and enjoins all Yoruba people in six South West states, parts of Kwara, Kogi, Edo, Delta and Niger states as well as Yoruba in the disapora to fully participate in all process leading to the conference and the conference itself in order to realise our aspiration for Yoruba autonomy within a truly Federal Republic of Nigeria.“We also express our profound gratitude to the Adimula Oodua, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Okunade Sijuwade for the initiative of calling the meeting and pleads with Kabiyesi not to relent in reaching out to all necessary constituencies to fully solidify the House of Oduduwa.”

Source: Radio Biafra.

Eminent Nigerians endorse Mimiko for second term.


…Recommend ABIYE programme for African countries
…We Use His Template In Guv’s Forum–Peter Obi   

   Notable  personalities and opinion moulders in the country have  endorsed the
Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko for a second term of four years in
office following  loads of achievement he has recorded so far since assuming
office three years ago.

The eminent figures at a public lecture organised as part of the  activities
marking the 3rd year anniversary of the Mimiko government  in Akure,, the
state capital on Wednesday, echoed  their opinion and urged the people of the
state to ensure Mimiko is re elected to enable him take the state to its place
of destiny.

Among those who canvassed fresh mandate for Mimiko were retired Anglican
Bishop Bolanle Gbonigi, former Governor of old Ondo State, Evangelist
Bamidele Olumilua, former Secretary to the Government of the Federation,
Chief Olu Falae and former President of the Nigeria Bar Association, Chief
Wole Olanipekun (SAN).

Others included former Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Dr Aliyu Idi Hong,
foremost industrialist, Chief Oba Otudeko, Emeritus Professor of Medicine,
Olujimi Akinkugbe as well as Ganiyat, the wife of late human rights activist,
Chief Gani Fawehinmi

They spoke at the anniversary public lecture entitled “Of Stated Goals and
Proven Performance” chaired by the Governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi.

The Lecturer at the event, Professor Akinkugbe, in his lecture said the people
will no doubt register their approval and gratitude to Mimiko with their votes in
due course because of the pace of progress in all sectors of human endeavour
in the past three years.

Saying that though he has no gift of prophetic wisdom, “the visionary instincts
that are currently incubating such profound initiatives as the Sunshine City,
public private partnerships on power, agro-business, seaport development and
so on, gives me the gut-feeling that citizens of Ondo State are not unmindful of
the hurricane (not just the wind) of change and will no doubt register their
approval and gratitude in due course.

“The way Mimiko has been prosecuting his assignment these past three
years demonstrates clearly that he must have embarked on the think-through
logistics of good governance even whilst he was still trying hard to retrieve his
political mandate.

“He was thinking, he was planning but now he is doing, – through vision-driven
Agenda (The Caring Heart), through  Quality Assurance in Education, through
Agricultural Villages, through Water and Sanitation, Rural Infrastructure and
Housing, through urban renewal and bottoms-up rural development
programmes.  All these and many more constitute what I can now confidently
refer to as the building blocks of good governance and the veritable damp-proof
course (DPC) of true democracy.  They simply do not come about in a
weekend.

The former Vice Chancellor of University of Ibadan lamented that Nigeria ’s top-
level executives and administrators often fall short of meeting society’s highest
expectations.  

“I have heard it lamented, for instance, by eligible voters queuing at various
polling stations at election time, that once the exercise is over, the winner
goes on to govern in spite of his promised mandate and not necessarily in
keeping with that mandate.  And there are few opportunities to challenge him
as he journeys through his tenure, sometimes even with impunity.  The
platform of positive engagement gives way to a litany of unmonitored
“achievements” and community’s aspirations are thus short-changed and
expectations remain largely unfulfilled.

While applauding the administration’s initiative in tackling maternal mortality,
Akinkugbe believed that its adoption by African countries will achieve the
targeted reduction in maternal mortality rate by 2015.

 “Although many of the stated “millennium goals” relate to health, it is the
ones that address infant and under 5s mortality rate (Goal 4) and maternal
mortality ratios (Goal 5) that Ondo State decided these last few years to
engage aggressively, and achieve an impressive outcome.   The ABIYE
concept and Mother and Child Centre are perhaps the ones that have put the
State on the global map, won laurels for effective leadership and made it a
reference point on how to plan, execute and measure the effectiveness of a
well-designed health strategy.  

“The fact however remains that the “Sunshine strategy” has resonated so
effectively within a short space of time that Sub-regional, Regional, Continental
and Global parts of the developing world are already applauding, having been
seized with its dramatic health dividends.  It would be interesting to assess
how rapidly these measures, if implemented, will ensure a steady progress
toward realizing the targeted two-thirds reduction of under 5s mortality rate and
three-quarters of maternal mortality ratio by 2015.

“In every department of life in Ondo State, we have witnessed impactful
changes, some immediate and palpable, others medium and long-term, less
obvious but no less profound. In it, you can see a combination of redefinition of
old strategies (avoiding loopholes), positive interventions and novel initiatives to
meet modern challenges” Akinkugbe maintained.

Speaking at the event, Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi  blamed Nigerian
adults for the country’s woes  and traced the bane of  good governance in the
country to  sycophancy and praise-singing.

Acknowledging the robust contributions of his Ondo State counterpart to the
development of the country in general, Governor Obi described Mimiko as a
national figure whose contributions to national issues are always fundamental
at the Governors Forum.He added that most members of the forum have found
the template of his initiatives in Ondo state useful as some of the works are
already being replicated by some of the governors.

By African Examiner.

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