The Yoruba Assembly, a Pan-Yoruba Summit of Leaders of Yoruba nation including traditional rulers, civic and professional groups at home and in the Diaspora rose from a meeting inside the historic Parliament Building in Ibadan on Thursday declaring that the General Elections scheduled to commence on Saturday, March 28,2015 must neither be postponed nor jeorparised under any guise whatsoever.
According to the Yoruba Summit, “the 2015 General Elections must hold as scheduled and must be free, fair, credible and transparent.”
A communiqué issued at the end of the Summit which was convened by General Alani Akinrinade (rtd.) maintained that “Yoruba people will not countenance any form of unelected government, be it Government of National Unity, Interim National Government or howsoever described.”
“Yoruba people will not hesitate to take our destiny in our own hands in the event of any attempt to compromise our democratic existence,” the communiqué stated.
Participants at the Pan-Yoruba Summit, including current and past governors, stoutly decried the erosion of Yoruba values, virtues and mores just as they affirmed that the marginalization of Yoruba people in the national polity “has attained the status of deliberate policy of the Central Government of Nigeria.”
While accusing President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration of intensifying the alleged marginalization of the region by extending it to Yoruba kith and kin in Itsekiri land, the Yoruba Summit submitted that “there are calculated attempts to invade and subjugate Yorubaland through covert, disguised and even official policies of the Central Government.”
“This was seen in gubernatorial elections in Ekiti and State of Osun where fake and hooded combat ready militants were deployed under the cover of official security operatives including the DSS, police, and the Nigerian Army. Also, in the name of job creation, Nigerian youths are being trained and used for partisan political purposes in Yorubaland.”
Addressing the gathering, the Vice Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Professor Yemi Osinbajo maintained that the Yoruba people would continue to stand on truth and justice adding that the Yoruba would not betray Nigeria, no matter the circumstance.
The dignitaries in attendance included General Alani Akinrinade (rtd), Professor Yemi Osinbajo, Governors Abiola Ajimobi and Rauf Aregbesola of Oyo and Osun States respectively, representative of the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Otunba Niyi Adebayo, traditional rulers and leaders of thought from all over the South West states.
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