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Yoruba rights groups slams APC leader's remarks

14 May 2014, 15:28

Lagos - The Yoruba Rights Group has condemned statements attributed to the national leader of the opposition All Progressive Congress (APC), Asiwaju Tinubu, allegedly demeaning the majority of Yoruba Obas.

He reportedly described the ethnic group as “useless” and “sellouts.”

Asiwaju was alleged to have made the assertion last Friday, in Ijebu – Ode, during the Jumat prayer session to mark the 80th birthday of Awujale and Paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona.

At a press conference in Lagos, the group described the statement as “reckless” and “irresponsible” especially coming from a personality like Tinubu.

The statement signed by Wasiu Adeyemi, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) stalwart in Lagos and Secretary of the Yoruba Rights, the group the statement credited to Asiwaju was an insult to the entire Yoruba race, which was calculated to ridicule and bring the entire traditional institution in the whole country into disrespect and odium.

“What do you expect from a bread and butter politician like Asiwaju?

Someone who came out as Amoda Olaosebikan at Aroloya Primary School in Lagos had no secondary school record, only to return to Nigeria with a Toronto certificate. The question is, “what type of statement you expect from such a personality?” It is only in Nigeria, especially South-west, that a group of never-do-well can hijack power in a most fraudulent manner, hoodwinking the people, pretending to be working for their interest while in fact; they are busy pursing selfish interest,” said Adeyemi.

“Indeed, how do you explain it, that a man spent eight years as chief executive of a state, installed his wife as a senator of the federal Republic of Nigeria, installed his daughters’ husband as a member of House of Representatives in Abuja, installed his wife’s sister as a member of Lagos State house of Assembly and finally installed his daughter as Iya-Oja General of Lagos State," he added.

– CAJ News

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