Yoruba are disunited and this cause marginalization at the federal level, Olu Falae says.
A former presidential candidate, Olu Falae, has said the marginalization of the Yoruba at the federal level is as a result of the disunity amongst the people in the region.
He said this on Thursday at the meeting of the Yoruba Unity Forum held at the residence of the first premier of the Western Region of Nigeria, late Obafemi Awolowo, in Ikenne Town of Ogun State.
Mr. Falae said that President Goodluck Jonathan alone should not be blamed for the Yoruba humiliation as the people in the region are disunited.
Mr. Falae, who ran for president under the Alliance for Democracy, AD, during the 1999 election, said “the marginalisation of Yoruba we are talking about is a direct cause of disunity among the Yorubas.”
“Efforts at reconciliation gave birth to Yoruba Unity Forum. Disunity has brought us humiliation, we have been humiliated because of our disunity,” he said.
Mr. Falae said the Yoruba Unity Forum emerged to reconcile the Yoruba race.
“This organisation grew out of efforts of reconciliation. A party controls five states but does not get the desired recognition because of disunity.
At the end of the meeting, a communiqué was issued and read by the publicity Secretary of the Forum, Kunle Olajide.
The members of the forum, in the communiqué, appealed to aggrieved leaders in the region to embrace the forum for the development of Yoruba race.
The communiqué, which was signed by later Mr. Awolowo’s wife, Hannah, and Bolanle Gbonigi, chairman and deputy chairman respectively of the forum, urged President Goodluck Jonathan to take urgent steps to reverse the marginalistion of the Yoruba people.
“The Yoruba people are progressively being sidelined both in political appointments and placements in the ministries, government departments and other agencies of government.
“The YUF is particularly disturbed by the recent appointment made by the Presidency, which has further aggravated the marginalisation, as no Yoruba person was considered worthy of any of the appointments,” the communiqué read.