Afenifere vows to keep the spirit of Awolowo alive




Leader of the Yoruba socio -cultural group,  Afenifere  Senator Ayo Fasanmi has vowed that the group would  keep the spirit of late  Premier of the Western Region Chief Obafemi Awolowo alive by sustaining the struggle for good governance and social equality which the late sage devoted his life for.

The elder statesman who applauded the South-west governors and the electorates for protecting the region by voting for President Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential poll promised that Afenifere will continue to fight against injustice in the region and protect the corporate interest of the citizens of the people at all times.

Fasanmi made this promise Thursday in Ado-Ekiti during a programme organised by the Afenifere Renewal Group to mark the 110th birthday anniversary of the Yoruba leader   .

Speaking earlier at the occasion, a second Republic Senator, Prof Banji Akintoye advocated true federalism as the only weapon that can wipe out marginalisation and poverty in the country.

Akintoye said Awolowo was able to make a remarkable difference in the lives of the Yoruba people due to true federalism that was in place then.

The former federal lawmaker spoke on the lecture entitled: ‘Awolowo’s Heritage and and Many Challenges of our Time’.

Akintoye said Governor Kayode Fayemi will surpass Awolowo’s achievements in the cardinal sectors like education, health, social investment and rural development, if given the same environment to operate like the late politician.

“I am proud that we have a governor who shared the same dream with Chief Awolowo here in Ekiti; Someone who believes in the culture of honesty, handwork, education; and who is committed to protect it.

“I am confident that he will do better than Chief Awolowo if Nigeria can return to true federalism that was enjoyed in the first republic.

“Governor Fayemi was passionate about the development of Ekiti and that is why we must support him not only to govern us here but to get a higher position at the centre, so that all the progressive values Awolowo lived for can begin to radiate round the country,” he said.

Responding, Fayemi urged the South-west to continue to play active role in the leadership of the nation, using its strong education and exposure.

He said: “Awolowo remained the greatest Nigerian patriot and leader ever existed in the history of the country due to the vision he had for the nation and tremendous positive impacts he made in the lives of the people.

“We must reenact some of those values Chief Obafemi Awolowo fought for; the values of honesty, hard work, visionary and other heritage.

‘If we must bring back our values, we must be at the place where decisions are taken, that is being with a progressive government at the centre. We should even seek higher leadership here in the southwest under that government.

‘For me, this time remains the best to make a difference in the lives of our people. Ekiti people are treated as peripheral Yorubas who because of decency always lost some of the things due to it to other States in the zone. From now, we must speak out and demand what is due to us in a descent manner that we had always been known.”

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