Chief Olu Falae
By Sheriff Balogun
The former presidential candidate of the Alliance for Democracy (AD) during the 1999 general elections, Chief Olu Falae, has said Yoruba leaders should be blamed for the marginalisation of the region at the federal level.
“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,” Falae said.
Falae, who spoke at the meeting of the Yoruba Unity Forum (YUF) at the residence of the late sage, Obafemi Awolowo, in Ikenne in Ogun State, said President Goodluck Jonathan alone should not be blamed for the Yoruba humiliation, but, the people in the region over their disunity.
He said: “Politicians in other regions know the person to talk to for their ambition. They know that a man in Lagos can rubbish whatever we discourse here, the politicians will deal with them. This organisation grew out of efforts of reconciliation. A party controls five states but, did not get the desired recognition because of disunity.”
A communique, which was, however, read at the end of the meeting by the Publicity Secretary of the Forum, Dr. Kunle Olajide, appealed to aggrieved leaders in the region to embrace the forum for the development of Yoruba race.
The communique, which was signed by Chief HID Awolowo and Rev. Bolanle Gbonigi, chairman and deputy chairman respectively of the forum, urged President Jonathan to take urgent steps to reverse the marginalistion of the Yoruba people in the South-west.
“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 communique read.
Present at the meeting were, Mrs HID Awolowo, former Minister of Mine and steel, Sarafa Ishola,Rev. Bolanle Gbonogi, Senator Anthony Adefuye, Senator Femi Okunrounmu, among others while none of the past of present governors attended the meeting.