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AJULO: YORUBA ASSEMBLY’S AGENDA ON THE NATIONAL CONFAB LACKS NATIONALISTIC FLAVOUR * SAYS IT’S ABURI ACCORD IN DISGUISE

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The Yoruba Assembly’s agenda recently adopted by a group of eminent Yoruba leaders at Isara-Remo, home of Chief Olanihun Ajayi, has received another knock from a civil rights activist, Afenifere and constitutional lawyer, Barrister Kayode Ajulo.
Ajulo, in a press release titled The Imperfection of The Yoruba Assembly’s Position on The National Conference, said not only is the agenda as adopted dead on arrival, it also lacks nationalistic flavour.
He also said the agenda is Aburi Accord in disguise, thereby making secession imminent in the country if the agenda finds its way into our constitution.
At the end of a five-hour meeting in Isara-Remo, Ogun State last week, the Yoruba Assembly, who had in attendance Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State, Niyi Afuye representing Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State and Kole Omololu representing former Ogun State Governor Gbenga Daniel among others notable personalities who before then had different ideas about the confab.
The Assembly dwelled on the right to secession and also agreed to maintain a six regional state structure with some boundary adjustments to accommodate persons of Ekiti stock in Kwara State to join Ekiti State, while those who are of Igbomina and Ibolo stock in Kwara State to join Osun State.
Among others, the British parliamentary system of government was recommended.
The Assembly also agreed that the devolution of power from the centre to the federating units, while resource control and revenue allocation should be reviewed in accordance with the devolution of power.
On the issue of immunity for elected officials, the Yoruba leaders opined that immunity should be limited to civil cases only that where a prima facie criminal case is established against an elected officer by a court of competent jurisdiction, such an officer shall vacate office during the trial.
But in carpeting some of the position adopted by the group, Ajulo, who is the Chairman of Egalitarian Mission Africa, said he is bewildered when he considered the galaxy of brains and personalities that make up the Assembly vis-a-vis the contradictory, unpopular and unworkable positions adopted to be canvassed for at the National Conference, expected to start next month.
He said most of the issues as resolved and adopted by the Assembly “will not fly at the National Conference in Abuja, they are in the Nigerian context, dead on arrival, and as such will not get across the Lokoja end of the River Niger on its way to Abuja for consideration.”
Ajulo said he was speaking as Citizen Olukayode Ajulo a Yoruba from the South West of Nigeria who has in the past 25 years lived in the North, (North East, North West and North Central) and the South (South South and South East) and whose inalienable right to speak out is guaranteed by our extant constitution as amended and other statutes of the realm.

He further said he raised the alarm as someone who has followed among others the late Sadauna of Sokoto, Premier Ahmadu Bello’s wise counsel, that “we need not forget our differences but should understand them to build a united Nigeria.”

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