Yoruba Nation: The Coming Storm By Wale Adedayo - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Yoruba Nation: The Coming Storm By Wale Adedayo


At the height of the contrived crises, which destroyed the once powerful pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, the leaders believed they were invincible. Eighteen years after, even those of them, who have passed on to the great beyond, would have realised by now that ‘Omode gbon, agba gbon ni a fi da Ile Ife.” Wisdom has never been the exclusive preserve of the rich and powerful. They disdained counsel from those “who have not been born since they began participating in politics.”

It appears the South-West leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not learn much from the fate that befell Afenifere. Son of man is not a Prophet. But I dare declare that if Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu does not review certain issues soon, the situation of the APC National Leader’s political family might be worse than that of the old Afenifere in five years time. And that will just be the beginning, because other unsavoury actions against his interests and business concerns are bound to follow from the same Cabal that is making every effort to ease the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, out of office.

Concerns about how Osinbajo was being treated shortly after President Muhammadu Buhari assumed office for a second term were much across Yorubaland. But not many realised that The Cabal in Abuja returned to the 48 Laws of Power to get the job of disgracing Osinbajo out of office achieved. “You need a cat's-paw— someone who does the dirty, dangerous work for you. The cat's-paw grabs what you need, hurts whom you need hurt, and keeps people from noticing that you are the one responsible. Let someone else be the executioner, or the bearer of bad news, while you bring only joy and glad tidings.” 

Yes, The Cabal is the major architect of Osinbajo’s travails. But the conductors of the narratives against Osinbajo are two prominent Yoruba leaders, who believe they’ll succeed Buhari in 2023 once the vice president is out of the way. But they are mistaken. And, definite facts from our history in relationship with how the predecessors of The Cabal relate with us confirm that the Afonja treatment is waiting for our naive leaders. Late Col. Victor Adebukunola Banjo’s major sin was a past association of his father with the NCNC. Nobody among late Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s associates remembered that Banjo’s grandfather was active in the Anglo-Ijebu war of 1892, where he excelled in trying to defend the fatherland.

Great Awo pitched his tent with the predecessors of today’s Cabal, despite a golden opportunity to insist on a Confederal Nigeria as late Col. Odimegwu Ojukwu had suggested. But Awo’s associates were wary of an ‘NCNC boy’, Banjo, coming to rule the West. Besides, any Intelligence official, reading the files of those years before the civil war, would have come to son of man’s conclusion that Awolowo accepted to be Gen. Yakubu Gowon’s deputy and Finance Minister because after the war, there will be a return to ‘democracy’. And, he would have been the ‘only’ key ‘national leader’ left on the scene. Thus, with an eye on becoming Nigeria’s president after the war, the earlier agreements that Banjo should rally friendly troops to prepare us for the way of Biafra was abandoned on the altar of selfish ambition! And, what became of Awo’s ambition later?

As for those using God’s name to commit perfidy, due to unfulfilled political ambitions, their recompense will be worse than what befell the late Samuel Ladoke Akintola’s family across Yorubaland in the late 1960s and 1970s. Being able to read the Holy Bible and draw enough lessons for the undiscerning is not the same thing as being anointed by God. To Olodumare be all the praises, not one of their predictions have come to pass since 1999, despite the serial use of God’s name to promote a political interest that is a direct opposite of what a genuine Yoruba wants.

Reading what a friend, Temitope Ajayi, posted on his Facebook wall this morning confirmed previous issues that are only discussed in whispers among those concerned, - that those being used to teach Osinbajo lessons are Yoruba leaders. Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari, was celebrated as a major item with brains. Meanwhile, one of the issues praised to high heavens in the piece was among responsibilities taken away from the vice president. Curiously enough, not a word about devolution of power from the Federal Government to the states. Not a word about our badly structured Federalism, which the Yoruba wants restructured.

It is very doubtful if the characters involved in the anti-Osinbajo project would desist from their failed project. But son of man will counsel that they take it easy. The last general elections across the South-West remains proof that a well-organised opposition party can uproot the APC from this part of the country. And, such a political party only need a few disgruntled former APC members to achieve its objective. For whatever it is worth, APC in the South-West today remains the only link to the Alliance for Democracy (AD) with which we started this political journey in 1999. And, despite the failure of our leaders to get what the Yorubas want from the Nigerian Federation, it will be a shame seeing such leaders destroy themselves as Afonja did at Ilorin.


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