By Sunday Aloba, Ado-Ekiti
A pan-Yoruba body, the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) has held a meeting with Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers on its forthcoming National Conference for the monarchs in the Southwest, Kogi and Kwara States.
The group said the conference scheduled to hold in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, was to cement Yoruba unity, better understanding and cooperation across the eight states of the federation.
ARG National Chairman, Olawale Oshun, who led six-man delegation to meet with Ekiti Obas described the group as non-political as erroneously believed in some quarters but working to ensure that the race remains the pacesetter in Nigeria and to ensure its economic progress.
He said the visit was to formally invite Ekiti traditional rulers to the conference because of their importance towards achieving unity in Yoruba land.
Oshun disclosed that ARG is collaborating with Yoruba Academy and Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) to ensure the preservation of the Yoruba language and culture.
Other ARG chieftains who accompanied Oshun include Segun Odegbami, Chairman (Conference) Planning Committee; Ayo Afolabi, ARG General Secretary; Kunle Famoriyo, ARG publicity Secretary; Bunmi Awotiku, Ekiti ARG Ekiti Coordinator and Segun Balogun, Programme Officer.
Oshun said: “The entourage has visited some state governors and we have written to Governor Ayo Fayose also for a meeting where we also which to explain our purpose and seek for more cooperation and support.
“Yoruba people currently are not acting like one united people and not speaking with one voice on issues of common interest. This is unlike other ethnic groups in the country. Our Group has taken up this challenge and the first move is to work out way on greater unity and cooperation among the region’s monarchs.
“Our worry lately is that there are traditional councils in each of the region’s constituent states, but as yet there is no forum where they meet to broker common grounds of common issues. This is no so among traditional councils in other ethnic groups.