…As Group Sets for Afenifere Peace Summit in UI, Aregbesola Lecture in EKSU
The Grand Council of Yoruba Youths has carpeted former Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Ahmed Rufai Sanni Yerima over his public declaration of intention to contest the 2023 Presidency, describing the move as “just to seek public attention again.”
The youths in a statement signed by the President General of the Grand Council of Yoruba Youths, Comrade AWA Bamiji also said, “We will recall he was controversially in the news like this in past, on two occasions.
“First, was when he introduced Sharia Law in Zamfara State, for the first in the history of any State administration in Nigeria and the negative reaction that trailed it was that his style of Sharia Law was selective in dealing with Petty Thieves and leaving the corrupt Politicians or Civil Servants out of the arm amputation system.
“Second, As advocate of Child marriage, he got married to an Egyptian Minor, while he was on the floor of the Senate, after spending Eight consecutive years, 1999 to 2007, as former Governor of Zamfara State, an action that was supposed to attract the Sharia Law sanction that he personally introduced in the State.
“This is his Third time, he is on his own because he doesn’t enjoy popular support within the State any more, not to talk of his Region. So, we don’t see his statement as a threat to our much cherised fairness, equity, justice and peaceful co – existence among various ethnic Groups in Nigeria.
“We equally wish him continued Happy married life with his Egyptian Minor”, the group stated.
According to the youths, “With the position of our Governors, it means, we, the entire Southerners, now have a bond that tied us firmly together on the 2023 Rotational Presidency and we have a huge number of the Progressive minded individuals in the North to match it, which will make it easier to beat any trouble maker or a light weight Presidential Aspirant like him hands down anytime, any day.”
Speaking on their readiness for two upcoming events before them, the Yoruba Youths group said, “Every arrangement has been concluded by the Grand Council of Yoruba Youths to grace two important functions holding next week within the Yoruba Region and they are scheduled as follows:
“We are by this press release directing the ever conscious, ever Progressive and ever dynamic Representatives of the Youth and Student Organisations within the Yorubaland and beyond
to please attend the Third Annual Faculty of Arts’ Lecture scheduled to hold as follows:
“Topic : COVID-19: The Economy And Security
Guest Lecturer: Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, Hon. Minister for Interior, Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“Chairman: Rt. Hon. Funminiyi Afuye, Honourable Speaker, Ekiti State House of Assembly, Ado-Ekiti, Chief Host: Prof Edward O. Olanipekun Vice-Chancellor, Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti
“Date: Monday, 12th July, 2021.
Venue: Ekiti State University Auditorium, Time: 10.00am
“As well as One-Day Summit on YORUBA National Question, which is being organised by the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), slated for Otunba Subomi Balogun Conference Centre, Mini Hall, UI Hotels, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, on Thursday, 15th July, 2021, by 11:00am prompt.
“Theme: Rekindling Yoruba Nationalism: Whither Yoruba Nation?
“Lead Speakers: Prof Banji Akintoye, Leader, Ilana Omo Oodu’a and Prof Derin Ologbenla, Head of Department, Political Science, University of Lagos”, the group stated.
The general public were urged to join the virtual broadcast at www.facebook.com/newafenifere or www.jo.my.argtube or Zoom meeting, using meeting ID: 880 6417 7600, and passcode: 146782 while saying that the two were memorable occasions despite tight schedules of individuals.
“Remember also to comply with COVID-19 protocols as you come. We appreciate you”, Comrade AWA Bamiji the
Aare Apapo (President General) of Agbarijo Egbe Odo Yoruba (Grand Council of Yoruba Youths), said.