Obasanjo’s tenure, disservice to Yoruba, says Alaafin

alaafin of oyo
Alaafin of oyo

The Alaafin of Oyo says Obasanjo is to blame for the marginalization of the Yoruba race.

It was a hard hit on former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Oyo on Monday as the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi, described his tenure, as Nigeria’s president, as a disservice to the Yoruba race.

The Alaafin, who received the former Senate Leader, Teslim Folarin, in his palace on Monday, said that Yoruba need not look too far to see the cause of their alleged marginalisation.

He said rather than accuse President Goodluck Jonathan for the much-talked-about marginalisation of the race in the current national political sphere; the blame should be heaped on Mr. Obasanjo.

The Alaafin said since the former president had failed to design and execute a succession policy before his exit from power and only paid lip-service to issues that affect the race, he alone should be blamed if his successor does not reckon with his kinsmen.

He expressed worry over what he described as the imminent extinction of the Yoruba culture as parents do not speak the language to their wards and also not teach them the culture.

The Oyo king called on politicians to safeguard the cultural value of the Yoruba and advised that Yoruba history be restored in the school curricula to further enrich the knowledge process of school pupils.

The former Senate leader, Mr. Folarin, came on a sympathy visit to the palace over the January 8 fire incident that destroyed some sections of the ancient premises, including artifact.

Mr. Folarin apologised for visiting so late and expressed happiness that no life was lost in the incident.

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