Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has called on the Yoruba paramount traditional leadership, especially the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi III, and the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II, to convene a Yoruba leaders of thought meeting.
The pan-Yoruba socio-political group in a statement released on Monday by its publicity secretary, Kunle Famoriyo, said the three plagues of insecurity, inflation, and unemployment in Nigeria are taking a deleterious toll on the overall wellbeing of Yoruba people and therefore called for an alternative thought-leadership front to complement the efforts of the political leadership.
“Nigerian governors, despite the rare and commendable bravery that some of them have exhibited, are no doubt overwhelmed and hamstrung by Constitutional constraints. It is important that proactive steps are taken in the face of crumbling and ineffective constitutional governance in Nigeria,” the statement said.
“If there will be any saving grace for Yoruba people with respect to managing and averting the impact of crises of governance in Nigeria, the preeminent traditional institutions, especially the Alaafin and Ooni, must work together to mobilise Yoruba people to take proactive steps. These two institutions must never leave Yoruba people, at home and abroad, in doubt of the direction to go, including possible activation of doctrines of necessity.”
According to the group, constitutional approach to resolving Nigeria’s multifarious socioeconomic challenges as we have been doing over the years has proven to be a guarantee that the challenges would persist and get worse and solutions would become harder to find.
“We must not continue to pretend that all is well in Yorubaland and that we are seemingly or relatively immune from all the major crises ongoing in other parts of Nigeria and neighbouring countries. Already crime rate is increasing at an alarming rate, fuelled by growing migration and biting poverty,” the statement said.
“ARG believes that Nigeria’s survival may depend to a significant extent on the action and/or inaction in the Southwest region and we are pleading that proper and timely actions be taken in the interest of our people.”