The Governor of Osun State, Mr Rauf Aregbesola has said that the reason upon which he was involved in politics was to see that the Yoruba race is put on the path of relevance among human race.
He spoke in Ile-Ife on Thursday at a public lecture organized by Ekiti Development Network, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife with theme: “Socio-economic Development In Western Nigeria: Challenges and Prospect”, which was delivered by Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State.
Aregbesola said that Yoruba was a race that has not been able to showcase itself in modern time as a worthy member of humanity, saying that there was the need for every member of the race to recognize the fact and find a way of tackling the challenges.
According to him, all other races have succeeded in fixing themselves among the human race, “but in our own situation, we have abysmally failed to project ourselves as members of communities in the 21st Century”.
This matter, he noted, was so urgent in view of the fact that “we are of a race that has not been able to showcase itself in modern time as a worthy member of humanity and we must recognize this.
“Any group or party that is conscious of this reality must organize itself to tackle the challenges and put us on the path of relevance among human race. That is my mission in politics; that is the reason I am involved and that is why I associate with all those who are equally so motivated”, Aregbesola noted.
Earlier in his lecture, Fayemi recalled that the governors in the Western region of the country recently met in Ado-Ekiti with the intention of kick-starting the process of building a new momentum, adding that the people of the region were now being mobilized in different capacity to build a new consensus of major input of communal relationship to facilitate the process of political and economic cooperation for the development of the region.
He stated that the Western region was the region that used to set standard for the whole country, regretting that the region had returned to the path of mediocrity, just as he stated that the thrust of the present administrations in the region was to return it to its path of honour and glory.
Fayemi said: “This is to assure our people that change is certainly on the way. We are aware that the expectations are huge; we are aware that it is going to be a daunting task, but we have resolved to move beyond our challenges.
“Having achieved electoral credibility in our respective states, it is now time to achieve performance credibility through collective efforts with competence and compassion for our people. We have our determination to reform our region and return it to the path of development”, Fayemi noted.