By Joshua Olalekan, Lagos
A Yoruba online medium, Irohinoodua, has named the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu as the Yoruba Man of the Year.
In statement issued on Tuesday, by its Group Managing Editor, Mr. Adekunle Olalekan Ajayi, the media said the choice of Tinubu was informed by his consistent role as the most influential Yoruba politician of the new age.
The group also said Tinubu was picked after careful consideration for who leads the synergy for the strategic interest of the Yoruba people at home and abroad in the year 2016 .
Irohinoodua listed some of his sterling contributions to the Yoruba nation in the period under review to the sustenance of political stability in Yorubaland, creating a rallying point for the Yoruba, ability to work with all the divergent interests, empowerment of young Yoruba entrepreneur, goring influence in the West African sub-region and providing platforms for voices from the valley through his chains of media institutions that continue to promote liberty, justice, free speech and democratic norms in Yorubaland.
The group said Asiwaju was picked because he remains the “rallying point of the Yoruba people and the only figure whose influence, charisma, financial muzzle, organizational skill and political prowess” remain as sturdy as the cedar of Lebanon.
Other contributions listed by the group included the promotion of shared political values, ensuring the almost full circle of Yoruba’s return to one political family, political tolerance and the transformation of Lagos through the sustenance of the legacies he built since 1999.
The group stated that the only Yoruba politician that continues to command the most formidable recognition at home and abroad is Asiwaju Tinubu. “He stands out as the commanding height of the Yoruba political heritage at the moment.”
Irohinoodua also stated that “Asiwaju continues to be the most reliable bundle of energy most relevant in the political future of the Yoruba people.
Many Yoruba people though the alliance with the Fulani North for the first time in history would collapse shortly after the May 2015 elections, it is a mystery that the alliance has been sustained inspite of the obvious strain.
No one else is responsible for this than Asiwaju.
His influence throughout the region remains unshaken so also is the significance of his triumph over conscious attempts to demonise the Yoruba nation.
Irohinoodua said that throughout last year Asiwaju withstood “difficult but silent moments in one of the most decisive period for the future of the Yoruba people.”
Of all the Yoruba politicians, only Tinubu has remained the living centerpiece of discourse since 1993 in Yorubaland. The Yoruba once had the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo. Later, Chief MKO Abiola was thrown up by the June 12 elections. But the Knight of the new political age in Yorubaland is Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”