…Ayo Adebanjo now acting leader
The leader of the Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, has stepped down apparently on account of old age.
While stepping down, Fasoranti named Chief Ayo Adebanjo, his deputy, as the acting leader of the group. A lawyer and veteran politician, Adebanjo is one of the close disciples of late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, still around today.
95-years-old Fasoranti assumed the leadership of Afenifere in 2008.
Former Financial Secretary of the group, Oba Oladipo Olaitan, the Alaago of Kajola Ago, in Atakumosa East Council Area, Ilesa, Osun State, was named as the group’s deputy leader.
Fasoranti said the development became necessary “as the group needs more than ever before to have an improved organisation with a more effective approach to combat the monstrous invasion of our culture and pride as a people.”
According to him, “Only a more alive and active leadership can achieve this. At 95, I am hardly able to provide such and so it is time for me to step aside.
“At this junction, I am proud to announce Chief Ayo Adebanjo, a politician of the Awolowo School of Thought, as Acting leader of Afenifere, and His Royal Highness, Oba Oladipo Olaitan, the Alaago of Kajola Ago in Atakumosa East Local Government Area, as the Deputy Leader.”