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Monarch Calls for Unity in South-West

A Traditional ruler in Osun State, the Orangun of Oke Ila, Oba Adedokun Omoniyi Abolarin has called on leaders in the South-West region to come together and find lasting solutions to the issue of insecurity in Nigeria, especially in the region.

Oba Abolarin, who was a key speaker at the second Annual Colloquium on “Yoruba And the World” organised by Global Affairs and Sustainable Development Institute (GASDI), Osun State University, Osogbo, expressed worry over the spate of insecurity in the south-West zone.

The Orangun of Oke Ila who called for dialogue among stakeholders said it was time for Yoruba leaders to bury their egos and put the issue of superiority behind saying by so doing the issue of insecurity could be tackled headlong.

According to the monarch, insecurity has affected livelihood across the nooks and crannies of Yoruba land and many measures deploy to curb them in the past have failed completely.

“Democratic tenet we must revive tolerance, we must be able to dialogue with ourselves. The idea of superiority should be scrapped. We should always have it at the back of our minds that no one is superior in Yoruba land. We are all equal.”

” The principle of equality and we must engage the 1999 constitution as amended, there are important things in the constitution to achieve for the people in Yoruba land and for Nigeria at large,” he said.

While speaking on the coming general elections, the monarch advised Nigerians especially Yoruba people on the need for them to vote for competent and highly cerebral candidates.

Discussing the Monarch’s position, a Professor of History at the University, Mr Olukoya Ogen who called for a proper restructuring of Nigeria to enable the Yoruba to fulfil its destiny described the race as one of the most civilized on earth.

Similarly, a Professor in the Department of English Language at the University of Ibadan, Mr Ademola Dasylva called for urgent amendment of the 1999 Constitution to promote healthy competition among the federating units as a measure to get Nigeria working well.

Earlier, the Vice Chancellor, Osun State University, (Uniosun), Professor Clement Adeboye said the university was doing everything within its reach to make a difference in society, adding that part of its mandate is to make intervention in its immediate community by addressing issues surrounding sustainable development.

While speaking on the usage of mother tongue to teach in primary schools,  Prof Adeboye said “Using Yoruba to teach will help substantially, most of our children today can’t read Yoruba books, they don’t have the accents and intonations of Yoruba people

“We have the ways of seeing things in Yoruba land, there are things we don’t say but we gesticulate. We should go beyond introducing the languages to our educational curriculum we should go into the practicality of the languages.”  

Adenitan Akinola

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