Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the leader of the pan-Yoruba socio political group, Afenifere, has resigned his leadership role.
He said on Sunday in Akure that he had resigned his appointment as the leader of the group.
Fasoranti, who became the leader of the group after the demise of Chief Abraham Adesanya, in a letter he personally signed, regretted the disunity among members of the organisation, which he said made it difficult for the group to achieve its goals.
The letter was addressed to the Secretary-General, Bashorun Seinde Arogbofa, leaders of the group including Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Sir Lanihun Ajayi, Chief Olu Falae, Chief Supo Sonibare and all state Chairmen of Afenifere.
The letter stated thus: “Our organization, Afenifere, was formed in 1951 under the leadership of our leader, Chief Obafemi Awolowo. The organization was formed to serve as an umbrella to be used to actualize the dream of a great nation and the Yoruba race.
“Over the years, Yorubas have tried to focus on a common goal. Chief Awolowo tried to ensure the oneness of our people with a lot of efforts notwithstanding the challenges he faced in the process. Unfortunately, he passed on without actualising this dream.
“I joined Afenifere from inception with the following leaders of our race: Pa Onasanya, Alhaji Ganiyu Daodu, Pa Abraham Adesanya, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Sir Olanihun Ajayi, Chief Sam Sonibare, Chief Bola Ige, Chief Wunmi Adegbonmire and so on.
“The mantle of leadership fell on Late Pa Adekunle Ajasin and subsequently Pa Adesanya and then my humble self. As events have been unfolding in the past few years, the focus and goals of the founding fathers of our great organization ‘Afenifere’ were gradually eroded.
“This therefore made it Herculian task for our members to work in unity. Several efforts were made to ensure the actualization of the Afenifere goals, but it appeared that we have not succeeded in achieving this. This is basically due to reasons best known to our members individually.
“Let me state clearly that the issue of adoption of the National Confab report had always been the focus and goal of our people in Afenifere even long before the National Confab was set up. The support of a leader who promised to implement this report was therefore not a mistake and inevitable despite all public insinuations.
“Considering my age, efforts and selfless dedication to my country, my state (Ondo), my political parties, my past leaders and my members in Afenifere both in Nigeria and in diaspora, I hereby wish to inform you all that I have decided to step aside as leader of our great organization Afenifere.”