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Yoruba: Setting Two Agendas To Shape Nigeria’s Politics

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Nigeria News takes a look at the Yoruba agenda in the present political dispensation.

The news about Yoruba people of Southwest Nigeria hit the media headlines this week.

The security summit that brought all the State governors irrespective of their political parties’ affiliation was held in Ibadan, Oyo State.

The political leaders, elders, traditional rulers, and opinion shapers were in Ibadan to strategize on the next step to take in stopping the criminal activities of herdsmen in the region.

Led by the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi who is also the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, the Southwest governors asked the residents to hold them responsible for any insecurity in the region.

It was a gathering that also had the Aare Ona Kakanfo, Iba Gani Adams on the seat. However, what interests me in the gathering is the presence of all the APC governors.

The governors have not seen anything bad about herdsmen. They see the noise about herdsmen’s criminal deeds as politics of blackmail by the APC’s opponents.

When the residents make noise about herdsmen’s criminality, the APC governors will rather tag it as banditry. They are being cautious so that they do not offend President Muhammadu Buhari whom himself is a Fulani that has a close affiliation with herdsmen.

But these governors came for the Ibadan meeting where the issue of herdsmen was critically debated. And for the fact that Fayemi was there, the issues raised would be communicated better to the governors’ forum.

The governors now have a bigger role to play in the creation of State police, which for me will go a long way in curbing the growing crime of kidnapping across the country.

The Yoruba Traditional monarchs are involved in this to set the agenda straight for the Federal Government on how they will like their domain to be governed.

There is security laxity but the monarchs who themselves have become the appendages of political parties have lost confidence to speak out when the arrow of the herdsmen hit their communities.

While the summit lasted, the national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu led a faction of the Yoruba Socio-political group, Afenifere to the presidential villa, Abuja to see President Muhammadu Buhari.

The leader of the Afenifere, Pa Ayo Fasanmi, perhaps may have led the delegate, he may have used the opportunity to discuss who would succeed Buhari in 2023.

Fasanmi at one time advocated for Fayemi as a perfect fit presidential candidate from the Southwest come 2023.

But the visit of Afenifere to Buhari this time is to show solidarity for this government as put by Tinubu shortly after the meeting.

Meanwhile, no one should write off the agenda of 2023, which is gradually unfolding now. This faction of Afenifere believes in Buhari’s government to ensure Yoruba presidency in 2023 but the other faction being led by Pa Reuben Fasoranti and Chief Ayo Adebanjo believes that the present government is a charade.

There is no doubt about it that Tinubu is pulling weights together to bring himself to the centre stage so that he can contest the 2023 election.

He has succeeded in installing his cronies as the leaders of the National Assembly. If the status quo remains for the next four years, the former Governor of Lagos State would have laid a solid foundation to launch his presidential ambition.

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