Concerned with the restoration of the lost glory of the Yoruba in the comity of races in Nigeria, a socio-cultural group, Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), has presented a development agenda for the western part of the country to Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola.
Presenting the agenda to the governor in his office in Osogbo last Monday, the national chairman of the group who led a delegation of chieftains of the group, Honourable Wale Oshun, recalled that the report was not totally strange to the governor as he (the governor) was quite aware of what the group has been doing.
Oshun’s words: “Our mission is to present a report to you. Of course, you are not a stranger to the report because you were aware of what we have been doing.
“Ogun and Ekiti states have been presented with the same document which is about good and quality governance in Yorubaland with the mode of implementing the recommendations”.
A member of the group who was saddled with the responsibility of reading the synopsis of the development agenda, hinted among other things that it was all about a clear objective for good governance with the South-Western regional perspective.
Famakinwa said the agenda has main a report; technical details and who we were as a people, adding that “Yoruba people are people who like to take their destiny in their own hands.
“This report is a report based on development for the Yoruba people which will prioritize infrastructural development that will support our people in the South-West”.
In his response, Aregbesola who remarked that ARG had done more than any ethnic group in the history of modern Nigeria in terms of output said nothing could be more fulfilling about the content of the agenda than the fact that the idea had been put together into a book.
Aregbesola’s words: “We should be proud for what ARG stood for from the beginning. I have also been quite critical of our group. My view was heard but not adopted.
“We have branded ourselves the way we want to be seen. In terms of output, ARG has done more than any ethnic group in the history of modern Nigeria. We are still training but we cannot dismiss the fact that our collective struggle is yielding a favourable result. I must, without equivocation, appreciate your support for our struggle before we regained our mandate.
“My first criticism has to do with the crest which I will passionately appeal that we should review. It was the coast of arms foisted on us by the British colonialists. We must work harder for integration of our region.
“The last, stanza of ARG anthem is an article of faith; it is not an exaggeration. We must promote little, little symbols that will remind us of our heritage. There is need for us to have a common flag in our region”.
The governor who reeled out achievements of his administration said running of the state has been tasking.
“We met a bad economic condition have. N850m was the salary bill before minimum wage. As at the time we took over, this government had to borrow N1bn monthly to be able to stay afloat. But we have gotten over that. I am proud to disclose to you that as I am talking to you now, this state has N22bn access to development”.
Some of the members of the ARG entourage were; the Osun State Co-ordinator of the group, Alhaji Lai Oyeduntan; Mr Ayo Afolabi; Mr Kunle Famoriyo; Mr Femi Orebe; Dr Adewole Adetoro; Alhaji Oduola Baruwa; Alhaji Rahmoni Adekola, Chief Lere Ewelayo and Alhaji Jimoh Ogala.
Others were Comrade Biodun Agboola, Barrister Jimoh Gbenga Akano; Mr Jimoh Olayemi and Mr Kola Olabisi.