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Yoruba group hails S’West governor’s position on regionalism


…restates commitment to state police

Frontline Yoruba diaspora organisation, Yoruba One Voice (YOV) has applauded the six South West governors for throwing their weight behind restructuring the country to regional system.

Governors Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State; Seyi Makinde, Oyo State; Ademola Adeleke, Osun State; Lucky Aiyedatiwa, Ondo State; Dapo Abiodun, Ogun State and Biodun Oyebanji, Ekiti State at a recent meeting in Lagos, also restated the need for restructuring to regionalism, even as they agreed to create inter-state collaboration, where all the Commissioners for Agriculture from each of the states would convene regularly to develop a coordinated approach that would boost food production and security.

The governors also appointed the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, as chairman of the South West Governors’ Forum.

Expressing delight at the governors’ move, YOV in a statement by the General Secretary, Prince Adedokun Ademiluyi, stated that the new development has shown that the governors are ready to work on the mandate given to them to move the region forward by providing an enabling environment that would enhance growth and development across the Southwest.

“Nigeria is presently confronted with various challenges, resulting from the fundamental issues involving the structural defects of the Nigerian nation.

“The clamour for restructuring to regionalism has continued to take the centre stage of our national discourse because of the obvious challenges emanating from the structure of this country.

“However, the spate of insecurity across the country has remained a hard nut to crack, especially for the Federal Government, even as the state governments have been so helpless in the face of the security scourge.

“From Boko Haram insurgency in the North East; to terrorism, banditry and kidnapping in the North West and North Central; and the rise of separatist movements in the South East, the security apparatus of Nigeria is under immense pressure.

“With these challenges, the need for restructuring to regionalism is very pertinent and the call for state police is very urgent.

“It is on this note that the Yoruba One Voice has continued to call for restructuring to regionalism as the best approach to solving the structural deficits of the country.

“As far as we are concerned, we believe in the unity of the Yoruba. We commend the South West governors for the adoption of a Yoruba Unity Anthem for the entire South West.

“The anthem was originally composed by the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo in 1978.But it was first adopted by the Osun State government under Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, as the governor of the state.

The anthem was later adopted by the Ondo State government during the administration of the late Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu.

The anthem, with the lyrics “Ise Wa Fun Ile Wa”, symbolises  regional glory, unity of purpose and progress with a unified roadmap for  social and economic integration among the six states in the South West region. All the six states in South West have adopted the Yoruba unity anthem.

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