Afenifere Slams Osinbajo Over Awolowo Disparagement


Yinka Odumakin

The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has berateded the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for allegedly making rude comments on late Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s popular reference to Nigeria as not being a nation, but a “mere geographical expression.”

It noted that Osinbajo’s comments were strange, misguided and unfortunate on a number of fronts.

Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yinka Odumakin said the Acting President, in seeking to protect the position and interests of his current central-government, “has, in a recent public speech, dismissed the decades-old clamour for a restructuring of the Nigerian polity by some of Nigeria’s best and most-respected personalities.”

The Yoruba group faulted Osinbajo for the remarks, saying it was the third time in three months.

It said, “In that same speech, Prof. Osinbajo has also, rather strangely, and in a way that dis-honours the opinion and memory of outstanding Yoruba icon and sage – Obafemi Awolowo, gone ahead to disingenuously lend himself to the propagation of historical and intellectual sophistry, regarding the imposed unity of Nigeria.”

It added, “First, while his statement that the statement was not original to Chief Awolowo is not in any doubt, the not-so-subtle inference that somehow, his usage of the expression constitutes some misnomer that has been proven wrong by history merits deeper questioning, which is what this rejoinder sets out to do.’’

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