‘Christians’, Must They Die? … By: Fatai Olugbade Omoscow


​I am a Muslim, at least by virtue of religion affiliation. As a kid, I grew up in a small township of Iworoko in Ekiti State, a beautiful rural community with a population largely predominated by Christians and Traditional worshippers.

Out of every fifty, about one was an atheist; therefore to say that everyone that lived there had a ‘god’ to serve is a valid argument. Save me the fallacy of hasty generalization.

The bottom-line remains that they all co-habited in a peaceful, serene and orderly environment in which the dwellers never argued about the dividing factors of religion, ethnicity or origin. They capitulated rather on those uniting factors of having same Nationality, same ancestors and serving same God. Everyone held it a duty to be their brother’s keepers.

Those that maim, lynch or cast aspersions upon the Christians under the disguise of religion incongruity has gotten it all wrong. Those are not the values with which I was brought up as a kid. Those are not Jihad. They are not the teachings of Islam. They are madness. They are sin. They are condemnable!

As a grown Muslim, my debut public relationship with a Christian body was in August 2011, a period within which my immediate family was in a critical financial situation. I was only 18 at the time and a newly admitted student of the Federal University of Technology Akure. Upon my admission into the institution, I was required to pay some urgent fees totaling about N60,000 only. As little as it might sound in your hearing, it was ‘war’ before my family could gather half of the said amount. I was at the verge of forfeiting the admission. 

The payment deadline was fast approaching. I wept helplessly. My mother did same. My very good brother rallied round the entire extended family. Some mocked him. Some contributed according to their individual capabilities. Some told him stories of how much indebted they themselves were or how their own children slept on empty stomachs the night before.

I was demoralized. I was afraid too. Suddenly, I received a text from the Living Word Revival Assembly Inc., a church of God located in Ikoyi, Lagos. Earlier in the year, I had participated in an extra-mural class organized by the social responsibility department of the church in which all young boys and girls seeking admission at that time were not only extensively tutored in English Language and mathematics (the general prerequisite for admissions into Nigerian Institutions of Higher learning) but also were adequately taught national values and indispensable human morals, ethics and character.

I and about 300 other young folks were beneficiaries of this gesture. I was allowed to participate not minding that I was ‘Abdul-Fatai’. We were only about 3 Muslims out of the almost 300 participants. Furthermore, I was unanimously selected to be the captain of the class. I delivered the valedictory speech at the end of the program. I had also emerged 1st and 2nd positions in English language and mathematics respectively in the tests that were conducted.

Owing to this feat, the church had pledged to sponsor my first year in any university of my choice in the world. Then, FUTA was my choice. I was skeptical about the church’s willingness and sincerity since I was neither a member of the church nor even a Christian. So, when I received the sudden text message to be present at the church’s congregation the following Sunday, I was aghast, flabbergasted and stood in a five minutes frozen tableau!

I told my family of the development. We went there together and to our utter surprise, I was given the same amount of One Hundred and Fifty thousand Eight Hundred and Ninety naira (N150, 890.00) which I had informed the church was capable of efficiently sustaining me through my first year in the University. I was given in cash. Not in cheque or promissory note. The money came as a ‘bailout’.

My family was relieved and I could pursue my academics with greater vigor. Hope was temporarily restored. The Christian folks had helped a poor little Muslim boy with strong desire to get an education. They had helped me. Ever since then, I had a changed orientation.

To further underscore the tolerance of the Christian folks around, just yesterday my very good friend, Babarinde Oluwatosin Mercy (O’tosin Babarinde) invited me to the sent forth ceremony organized in honor of the graduating students of the Redeemed Campus Fellowship (RCF, FUTA). I honored the invitation and I received a warm welcome by them at the event.

As a matter of fact, they all knew I was Muslim, but they still fed me with big pounded yam, exotic juice and other refreshments before we proceeded to the Dinner and Award night organized in honor of the graduating students of the School of Environmental Technology where I was surprisingly presented with the award of the ‘Most Popular Graduating Student’.
I thank them and I thank the entire Christian community. I remain a very proud Muslim that acknowledges the kindness of our Christian brothers and sisters. Till my last day, I will not kill a Christian or any human for that matter.

There is no reason why Christians must die, especially in the hands of the Muslims. We all are God’s children.

What do you think?
Abdul-Fatai Olugbade Omoscow. 

01/08/2016 

NANS 2016 CONVENTION – MATTERS ARISING …By Salami Ismail Oyewale “El’Sama”


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That the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) enjoys a symbiotic relationship with display of  hooliganism and thuggery at every convention ground is not new. What is disheartening is the non commitment, on the part of stakeholders, students and student leaders, to wipe out this menace from the lexicon of our students representation.

The NANS 2016 Convention, which was holding in Gombe State, has ended in a deadlock due to the breakdown of law and order in the rank and file of the participants at the convention.

Report has it that all hell broke lose when the Convention Chairman (the umpire for the election process) was elected. The Convention Chairman, having allegedly served as the Campaign Manager for one of the Presidential aspirant emerged as the umpire for the exercise. The other leading presidential aspirant cried foul, alleging that with such personality emerging as the umpire for the election, there is no way he won’t be biased towards the preferred presidential candidate he campaigned for. It was on that note that all caution was thrown to the wind, fracas broke out, guns, matchetes and other dangerous weapons were allegedly being brandished by thugs sympathetic to one of the leading presidential aspirant, thus disrupting the process as nominations for the presidential post was about to commence. The rest, as we all know, is now history.

Resources – spiritual, personal, financial, metaphysical and time, expended by every aspirants, students, stakeholders and the government for the Gombe State convention has now gone down the drain. It doesn’t take rocket science to know that Gombe State – the venue of the convention, is a very far location to the majority of institutions. The lengthy distance, risky trip, waste of finances, time and resources is mind blowing.

The betting odds on the NANS 2016 Convention being hitch free was closer to 0! But that no elective post would be conducted at all is unprecedented, at least, to my knowledge!

As it stands now, the outgoing (outgone) NANS National Officials and the Convention Planning Committee (CPC) stand dissolved!

What it implies is that our dear association, NANS, as at today, has no elected representative at the National level. All students interest are now vested in the respective zonal structures, state structures and individual institutions.

Our association needs a proper restructuring – from the composition of the CPC to the eligibility of the aspirants, we need a comprehensive overhaul of the NANS Electoral process.

● REFORMS

1 – CPC MEMBERSHIP

The number one criteria for CPC membership MUST be studentship.

If members of the CPC are non-students, what moral justification they do have to screen out a non-student from contesting?

A system MUST be put in place to ensure that all CPC members are students of any tertiary institution in Nigeria.

The current illegal practice whereby every outgoing NANS President compiles the list of CPC members is constitutionally wrong, questionable and open to bias.

I’ll quote some section of the NANS Constitution and Charter of Demands to substantiate my positions.

ARTICLE 27:
COMMITTEE AND COMMISSIONS
    (A) “NANS Congress shall establish committees and commissions (standing or ad-hoc) when deemed necessary. It shall also appoint the members of such comittees and commissions.”

The NANS President does not have the right to usurp the duties and powers of the NANS Congress.

The CPC is like every other committee or commission of NANS. It is to be constituted by the NANS Congress only and not by the NANS President and his executives.

If a compromise is to be reached, a more workable solution would be the formation of the CPC that is open to nomination from respective NANS JCC (state structures) via the NANS Zonal structures. The current ‘tradition’ where the incumbent NANS President and his cohorts handpicks each CPC member to represent a state will always be lopsided.

2 – ASPIRANTS

I find it appalling that at this age and time, we are still debating if an aspirant contesting to hold a position as an executive/official of an association named: the “NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIAN STUDENTS (NANS)” should be a student or not.

Can you become a NLC executive without being a labour member?

Can you become an ASUU official without being a lecturer?

Can you become NURTW  official without being a driver?

Can you become the Governors’ Forum Chairman without being a governor?

Can you become the SUG President of an institution without being a student of such institution?

If the answers to the above questions are in the negative, then how do you justify being a NANS official without being a student?

The NANS Constitution and Charter of Demands is very clear on the studentships of anybody aspiring to hold any elective position in NANS.

ARTICLE 23:
ELIGIBILITY TO HOLD EXECUTIVE POST

   (A)  “(I) Any active student from any of Nigeria institution of higher learning whose virile membership of NANS is not in doubt will be eligible to hold an EXCO post in NANS. Should an aspirant hold any executive post in his institution, he shall compulsorily have to relinquish that institution Executive post for National assignment of NANS.

     (II) He has to unambiguously satisfy the Electoral laws as stipulated by electoral commission established under this constitution.

      (III) Only student from autonomous members unions that have fulfilled their financial obligation to NANS as provided in Article 33(a) are qualified to contest.”

From the above section of the NANS Constitution, it is obvious that the number one and perhaps most sacrosanct criteria to contest for any NANS post MUST be studentship!

Intellectual prowess, exemplary oratory skills, intimidating experience etc CAN NOT be a substitute for not being a student.

3 – CONVENTION CHAIRMAN

The Convention Chairman MUST also be a student.

A system should be put in place to ensure that the convention chairman MUST be unbiased with no (known) affiliation to any of the aspirants. You can’t go around campaigning for aspirant “A” only for you to aspire to become the umpire in the same election. It’s similar to the INEC boss being a “chief campaigner” for a political party!

4 – NANS YEAR

ARTICLE 33
NANS YEAR:
“NANS Year shall be from the end of one convention to the end of the next convention.”

The above section of the NANS Constitution and Charter of Demand is what successive regimes have been hiding under to elongate their stay in office beyond 12 months. The truth is that, these successive past regimes have not violated this particular constitutional provision.

The implication of the above section of the NANS constitution is that a regime could be in office for as long the “the end of one convention to the end of another convention”. It could take 6-month, 12-month, 18-month or 24-month for that period to elapse.

The authors of the NANS Constitution and Charter of Demands in their wisdom, answered any question that may arise from the interpretation of “the end of one convention to the the end of another convention” by stating emphatically in the article below that each convention shall be annually:

ARTICLE 8:
(B) THE CONVENING AUTHORITY
    (I) “NANS Senate shall at all their last meeting fix the date of the next annual convention. No other organ of NANS shall appropriate to itself the duty of convening the convention other than  NANS Senate.

     (II) The annual convention shall be held every year between the months of November and December.”

It is from this section that we are made aware that it is constitutionally wrong for any regime to stay beyond 12-month in office.

The overstay in office of a regime usually contributes immensely to the palpable tension and boiling hostility in the rank and file of the Nigerian Students’ movement.

We need a constitutional amendment to clearly define the duration of the “NANS Year” in terms of months thereby ensuring that the convention is done annually, thus preventing instances where NANS officials hide under “ARTICLE 33: NANS YEAR”, to stay beyond 12 months in office.

● CONCLUSION

There are a million things wrong with our association. I think we will be doing ourselves a world of good by correcting these ills by starting with the NANS Electoral Reforms.

If the politicians are messing up the national political landscape, we, as students, should tidy up our students’ fold in preparation for bigger role in the society.

It beats my imagination how student leaders who had previously held the very topmost positions in NANS keep fighting to become members of the CPC!

Why not leave the students’ fold and move on to become LG Chairmen, HOA members, HOR members etc?

There’s something fundamentally wrong with our system.

• CONSTITUTIONAL IMPASSE

In lieu of the disruption of the NANS 2016 Convention, who shall convey the convention (it can’t be a Senate Meeting) for the election of NANS officials?

ARTICLE 11:
FUNCTIONS OF THE CHAIRMAN OF THE CONGRESS
 
  (E) “The tenure of the office of the chairman of congress shall be for the duration of the convention for which he was elected.”

From the above section, fellow Nigerian students, we are all at the whims and capricious benevolence of the Convention Chairman as the convention he was elected to chair has technically not elapsed.

Then that takes us to this section:

ARTICLE 8:
(B) THE CONVENING AUTHORITY
    (I) “NANS Senate shall at all their last meeting fix the date of the next annual convention. No other organ of NANS shall appropriate to itself the duty of convening the convention other than  NANS Senate.”

No other organ of NANS has the power to convey a convention other than the NANS Senate.

But the NANS Senate leadership (Senate President, Deputy Senate President and Clerk) has been dissolved. Now, who will convey the convention on behalf of the NANS Senate?

Technically, the Convention Chairman calling the next convention is open to debate!

LONG LIVE THE NIGERIAN STUDENTS’ MOVEMENT!

Hadiza Bala Usman: “Man-know-Man” or Competency? … By Salami Ismail Oyewale “El’Sama”


RE: “The Hadiza Bala Usman they don’t Know” by Uba Sani

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[1] Hadiza Bala Usman’s Father was the famous Historian, Dr. Yusuf Bala Usman

Just fresh from the university, she was made an Aide to Mallam Nasir el’Rufai at the Bureau of Public Enterprise (BPE). – 2001

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MY TAKE
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● Can one rule out her fathers’ “connect” in getting her that first shot of becoming an “aide” to el’Rufai in 2001?

● How many “fresh graduates” become “aides” in Nigeria?

VERDICT: “man know man” syndrome.

[2] “From the BPE, Mallam Nasir el’Rufai absorbed several of these well groomed aides to the Federal Capital Territory Administration structure when he
became the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory in 2003.” – Uba Sani

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MY TAKE
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Mallam Nasir el’Rufai practically took his  structures (backroom staffs) from the BPE to the FCTA.

Don’t change a winning formula/team!

VERDICT: Competency fried with “man-know-man” syndrome.

[3] Special Assistant (SA) on Project Implementation to the FCT Minister, Mallam Nasir el’Rufai – 2003

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MY TAKE
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Again, why change a winning team? Ride on o ye ruling elites.

VERDICT: The “man know man” spirit was maintained.

[4] Co-convener: Bring-Back-Our-Girls (BBOG) Campaign – 2014

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MY TAKE
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Hadiza Bala Usman had to carve a niche for herself.

She joined forces with the opposition to form the BBOG movement. Irrespective of the partisan colouration of the BBOG Campaign, the group brought massive publicity to the plight of the missing girls. It enabled us beam our conscience searchlight on the GEJ administration.

VERDICT: Competency

[5] Administrative Secretary of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Organization – 2014/2015

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MY TAKE
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A reward for her works with the BBOG movement?
Your guess is as good as mine!

In case you’ve forgotten, Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi was the Chairman of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Organization.

VERDICT: The status quo of “man-know-man” syndrome returns.

[6] Chief of Staff to the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir el’Rufai – 2015

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MY TAKE
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● A bigger reward for her works with the BBOG movement?

OR

● A reward for her competency while she worked closely with Mallam Nasir el’Rufai at both the BPE and FCTA?

VERDICT: I suspect the “man-know-man” syndrome was spiced with some competency sauce. UNDECIDED

[7] Managing Director of the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) – 2016

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MY TAKE
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Guess who nominated her to be the MD of the NPA?

Rt. Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, the then Chairman of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Organization, who is the current Minister of Transportation!

VERDICT: Are you still doubting if this country isn’t about “man-know-man”?
#BeWise

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Finally, on the flip side, Hadiza Bala Usman pitched her tent with a formidable mentor in Mallam Nasir el’Rufai. He has taken her from the debris of a “fresh graduate” to the gateway of the country’s threshold of revenue outside crude oil – the NPA!

Find a competent mentor today and stop ranting endlessly on social media.  #BeWise

Form a purposeful movement in real life. Who knows, your camp might be in power tomorrow, you’ll be rewarded greatly. #BeWise

Lest I forgot, Uba Sani is the Special Adviser on Political Matters to Mallam Nasir El’Rufai, Governor of Kaduna state.

Did I mention it that Uba Sani previously served as the Special Adviser on Political Matters to Mallam Nasir El’Rufai, when he was the FCT Minister?

“Man-know-Man” syndrome tì takeover!

#ONDO4 – WATCH WELL AS YOU REST YOUR SOULS … By Owonola Abiodun ‘Survivor Equity’


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It’s FOUR (4) years you left us. We reflect upon the life itself. Life, not without its lessons, sweet and otherwise. As we remember you this day, what came to mind are your deeds when you were alive. You were all shining stars in your domains.

Abiodun Akintola, you were the SUG president of Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo, and the only child of your mother. You were a wonderful and a dependable ally. You were no doubt your parent’s bet for the future. You were never found wanting amidst valedictorians during your days.’Phenomenon’, as you were fondly called by your friends and foes alike, you were a command in leadership. We never got your best!

Olotu Oyinkansola, ‘mother’ as I fondly call you. You were a fearless young lady who cared less about whose horse is being gored when it comes to saying the truth. You were afraid of poverty.Hence, your resolve to forge ahead amidst the demise of your parents at a tender age. We missed what you aspired to become!
  
Adedapo Julius Awopegba ‘DPO – DUE PROCESS ONLY’, so your name goes. You were in greater order a great observant of the rule. Dapo, you were a gentle friend who most of the time, we challenged your interest in the murky water of the game of unionism/politics. Dapo, you were a pastor-cum-students’ leader, you were always quick to quote the bible to justify your actions and inactions. I call you my gentle friend.You could have travelled to the UK for a leadership training session, a month later, the cold hands of death snatched you from us. Your family in Ibadan will have to wait eternally to get from their child – their hopes of generations! Adieu.

Aremo Olugbenga Oyebode ‘Ibile’. For years, yourself and I were quick to call to order, any erring leader and follower respectively. My ‘no nonsense’ friend,you lived and stood for what you believed. At a time, you were suspended with other colleagues of yours on the account of your opposition to the draconian policies of the authorities of the Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo. Ibile, you were loved by many on your pragmatic dispositions to issues. As NANS/JCC  Chairman, Ondo/Ekiti Hemisphere ,which we both fought for but you were favoured, you were the first to make peace with me even while I was fighting you. You later allowed Ondo Axis to remain without fussion and friction. Do I say, you were the ‘best NANS President we never had?’ Rest on a great leader and friend!

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It is often said that “integrity is doing what you will do, how you said you will do it and when you said you will do it”. As we mark the fourth year remembrance you left us and we reflect on events that has permeated our existence these years, we wish to remind you that we have always preached what you lived for.

July 13th, 2012 was a red letter day. This day, you all lost the battle with the almighty death and few others were permanently disabled. Some moved from one hospital to the other in search of good health. One of your comrades now talks off points anytime you initiate a discussion with him. One is yet to not conveniently rotate his neck properly. Sadly, no one talks about them anymore!

My dear friends, you will recall we fought together, the  Adeyemi College of Education, Ondo (ACE) struggle on several platforms and fronts. There were times we had to shuttle media houses and outlets. We fought hard to secure an appointment with the then Minister of Education, Prof Ruqayyat Rufai in order to put an end to the crisis on your campus. We met with her hours before you bade us goodbye.

Shortly after you died, at ACE ,Ondo,your friends and colleagues, sold your struggles for paltry sum.The management were later allowed to impose reparations fees of about N18,000 on each student. This was what we were vehemently opposed to till death put asunder. I know you will weep for our generation from the land beyond!

As I groan in pains on my hospital bed somewhere in Ibadan, the news filtered to me that the governor of Ondo state, Dr Olusegun Mimiko visited FUTA in order to pacify the protesting student’s who were protesting the death of their president, Dapo Awopegba ‘DPO’ (and I was informed that remains the biggest students’ protest in the annals of FUTA). The governor promised to immortalize you all and to take full responsibilities of those injured in the accident. This promised was made on the eve of July 14th, 2012. Till date, we are yet to hear from them!

On your immortalization, we have boundlessly took on the authority concerned to redeem its pledge.

My dear friends, we have had causes to ask if the sack of lecturers and non-academic staffs of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State,was a form of immortalization two months you left this world?
   
Comrades, let me not belabour your souls. Few months after you sojourned  to great beyond, lecturers of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo (RUGIPO) who were agitating for the welfare of the friends and colleagues, lost their lives in an acident while returning from a meeting they had with the Ondo State Government. The students paid dearly for this. I am sure you all fraternize together in the bosom of the Lord.

In the same RUGIPO, fees were increased astronomically with students leaders who expressed dissenting view rusticated and some, suspended!

My dear friends, the pitiable state of the Ondo State University of Science and Technology, Okitipupa (OSUSTECH), do not reflect your aspirations. The institution was 3-year old when you departed. As I write, the school has only a faculty and five departments in all with only one standing building! I know this will amuse you. The students pay through their noses, with their lecturers and non-academic staff in perpetual hunger and abject penury. As I write you, your younger friends and colleagues  domiciled in OSUSTECH have been home for over 2 months now when staff could no longer serve with  empty stomach. Ha, your brothers and sisters now live and study in the zoo along Igbokoda road!

My dear friend, your brothers and sisters you left here no longer enjoy any privilege in form of bursary and scholarship from the outgoing Ondo State Government.

My dear colleagues, just recently, an inhumane and wicked reparation fees was imposed on the students of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko (AAUA). Some of their students’ leaders rusticated and some, suspended, without fair hearing for airing their contrasting on the issue.

Colleagues, I am presently sad as the management of RUGIPO is planing  imposing another wicked reparation fees on the students. This is connected to the face off between RUGIPO students and men of Nigerian Police  Force (NPF) recently. Some students leaders are presently facing students disciplinary committee for their role in the just struggle against the killing of one of their schoolmate by the reckless and careless driving of some NPF officials.

The rot haven’t excluded your friends and colleagues you left in the struggle. Your once highly respected constituency is now a huge joke. Your friends and contemporaries in the struggle are now first grade liars and hypocrite whose stock in trade is now backbiting and backstabbing.

My dear friends, rest on as I write you in my yet to be published works namely:

(I) The Man and The Government

and

(II) The Scars of a Journey

Adieu my #ONDO4!

Owonola Abiodun ‘Equity’ is a survivor of the ghastly motor accident that claimed the lives of four students’ leaders in Ondo State.

OPEN LETTER TO COMRADE AYENURO TIMILEHIN GBENGA “SAFETY” By Salami Ismail Oyewale “El’Sama”


Mr NANS Vice President sir,
I am compelled to write this open letter to you because of the state of affairs of the NANS JCC Ondo State Axis. Firstly, I wish to acknowledge that fate has put you in a prime position to determine, to a large extent, the direction that the Ondo State Students’ Movement will go. The indisputable truth is that one may quarrel with your unionism but your passion is never in doubt. Even those who don’t see eye to eye with you agree that you are imbued with unusual allegiance, loyalty, intelligence and unrivaled proven track record. You, more than any other comrade, has been the leading student comrade since the start of the second term mandate of the Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko. It is for these reasons that I have chosen to direct this letter to you.

My singular purpose is to tug at the strings of your heart. I am not writing to appeal to partisan considerations but to see, if per chance, I can pour out my heart to you in a manner of speaking. God has blessed you even beyond your wildest imagination. You have gone through the students comradeship learning curve, starting out as the Welfare Director of FUTASU, to become the PRO of NANS JCC Ondo State Axis under the leadership of Comrade Oladele Omotayo (Dele-kenko). You rose to become the National Financial Secretary of NANS (although our association does not have an account). Till you got to the pinnacle of Nigerian Students’ Movement by becoming the NANS Vice President (National Affairs), a position you hold till this moment. There is nothing you have wished for or desired that you didn’t get. Fortune has smiled on you. Goodwill follows you everywhere you go. You have done very well – more than most comrades ever will. However, there is one area that is begging for your urgent attention. This area may well define you and all you have ever achieved. This matter, in my opinion, is the only difference between you and attaining greatness among the teeming student populace in Ondo State.

What will anyone say about you after you have relinquished power as the NANS Vice President?

Mr NANS Vice President Sir, you may be wondering what I’m talking about? It is the issue of legacy. According to Peter Strople, ‘Legacy is not leaving something for people, it is leaving something in people’. Legacy is building something that outlives you. Legacy is greater than currency. In the words of Leonard Sweet, ‘What you do is your history. What you set in motion is your legacy’. You can’t hold power forever. No one can. You can’t have the ears of the Governor forever. No one can. But you can create something that will. Enough of speaking in parables – I shall now speak plainly.

When destiny brought you on the scene, we were enamoured because you championed the case for the inclusion of younger comrades in the affairs of NANS. It was your belief then, and it’s still your belief now, that the students’ movement will fare better under a restructured arrangement which gives room for younger comrades to participate fully in the affairs of NANS.

Let me bring this home: someone passed a comment recently that he has not seen the benefit of SAFETY being a national NANS officer other than causing rift in the Ondo JCC. He’s of the opinion that Ondo NANS JCC will be better off without the interference of a national NANS officer.

That comment led me, as your very close ally and a student-patriot, to deeper introspection as I wondered if the students in Ondo State are better off with or without you as a National NANS officer in their midst.

From AAUA to RUGIPO, OSUSTECH to School of Health Technology, hardly will a semester pass by without any of these institutions not being rocked by one crisis or the other. These crisis are definitely not any of your making, your intervention to any/every of such crisis, in my opinion, has been swift and productive. Except perhaps, OSUSTECH. Well OSUSTECH is a case study on its own, the role you played in resolving the litany of issues confronting that campus is well documented. But OSUSTECH happens to be an institution borne more out of politics than necessity, thus the travails rocking the school is more of politically-inclined than students-induced. Sir, there is something seriously wrong about our campuses in Ondo State, especially the state-owned institutions. From the vintage heights of the nationwide revered Faculty of Law at the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, our various Ondo State institutions have regressed into a most parlous state, riddled with one crisis or the other.

As a NANS National officer (then as Financial Secretary and now as Vice President), you have done well in organising programmes with your office, giving out very few NANS awards (that I am aware of) along the line. All in all, I’ll rate you high, not too high.

I wish to state that this letter is not meant to whip up primordial considerations, parochial sentiments or sing your praises, it is a passionate plea meant to put things in proper perspective by calling on you to address the singular blot on your scorecard which the generality of Nigerian students and comrades in Ondo State are whipping you with – the NANS JCC Ondo State crisis.

While you have certainly made tremendous progress on a personal level, the NANS JCC Ondo State Axis has regressed. That is how low we have sunk. If our past is better than our present – if we always look back with nostalgia frequently, then there is a problem.

SAFETY, I will like to also remind you of the death of four (4) of our students comrades which occurred on/around the 13th of July, 2012, amid circumstances of hatred among the rank and file of the Ondo State Students’ Movement. My leader, the stage is set, anxiety feels the hearts of students and comrades alike, as the Ondo State delegates should embark on the trip to Gombe State for the fast approaching NANS National Convention on/around 13th of July, 2016, again amid a clime of palpable hatred in the rank and file of the Ondo State Students’ Movement. Our unity has gone to the dogs! SAFETY, to be very honest with you, I’m scared to my bone marrow for the Ondo State student community for July 13th, 2016.

We have a bunch of aggrieved, angry and emotionally-super-hyper charged young comrades raining curses, insults and abuses on each other across the opposing divide. We are largely divided along political party lines. We are split along ethnographic divide – you are from the south, he is from the north, you’re Ikale, she’s Ilaje, you school in the central etc. It is with this diversity that we have peacefully co-existed in time past but the fabrics are about to be torn to shreds because of poor management of issues. None of our division is along ideological beliefs!

NANS JCC Ondo State Axis has been reduced to a shadow of itself. The stakeholders that once defended students’ interests have gone into oblivion. NANS leaders have been vilified in the name of unionism, politics and partisanship. It is no longer news to see upcoming comrades throwing verbal missiles at the older comrades because of their political indoctrination. From time immemorial, we have never belonged to just a single party/ideological group – yet our unity was without blemish. Now, our values have gone down the drain. To exonerate the Ondo senators (SUG Presidents) from this current imbroglio would be suicidal. They are the major key players that got us into this mess.

SAFETY, I believe I have said enough. The task is Herculean but I believe Providence has brought you here for such a time like this. It is time for you to clean up the acts of NANS JCC Ondo State as the ranking NANS official in the state. What do we really want? Who do we really want? How can we quickly right the wrongs? The NANS JCC Ondo State Axis is in a state of arrested development. This entity is gasping for breath and crying for help. Will you rise up to the occasion? I am aware you understand that all politics is local and charity begins at home. Our fathers gave us a proverb: ‘Bi o’ode o dun, bi igbe ni’gboro ri’. I know there are no quick fixes but I also know that if there is anyone who has the capacity to do something about our current situation, that person is you. This should be the legacy you should think of. Your legacy is tied to the future of NANS JCC Ondo State.

Finally, I call on you to summon the courage to call for an emergency meeting to resolve the lingering crisis rocking the NANS JCC Ondo State Axis.
I’ll provide a list of those that you should invite to the emergency meeting, but it is not limited to these names alone, in your wisdom, you can include or remove any name as you deem fit:

1. Anthoz (with 2 of his closest people)

2. Fadar (with 2 of his closest people)

3. All SUG Presidents in Ondo State

4. Ex-NANS JCC Chairmen (Dele Kenko, Equity, Achiever, Kalusa)

5. Ex-NANS JCC Executives

6. Ex-NANS Zone-D Executives in Ondo State (Egalitarian, Wántètè etc)

7. Ex-NANS Executives in Ondo State

8. Ondo State NANS & NAOSS Leaders/ Stakeholders

9. Current NANS Zone-D officials in Ondo State

10. Current NANS officials in Ondo State

My dear SAFETY, this is a clarion call you must not fail to carry out.

May God grant you the knowledge, wisdom and understanding to pilot this crucial affair.

In the hope that you’ll call this emergency meeting, I’ll implore all concerned stakeholders to sheath their swords, honour this emergency meeting and give room for peace and sanity to prevail.

Yours sincerely,
Salami Ismail Oyewale “El’Sama”

THE RUGIPO CLAMPDOWN – TROUBLED BY THESE SHOOTINGS .. BY SALAMI ISMAIL OYEWALE


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In a country where the value of human life is not worth more than that of a fly at a butcher’s shop; where misery is a constant companion and the candour of our politicians and/or rulers is the same candour that pimps extend to prostitutes, it is not out of place to celebrate every minute, every hour, every month, and every year.

Virtually every genuine student of the Nigerian Students’ Movement are tired of listening to the lamentations about the good old days of yesteryears. Statements such as:

“Gone are the days of students’ activism on our university campus”;

Or

“Revolutionary student leaders like the late Segun Okeowo no longer exists”;

Or

“Students comrades are now political halleluya boys”;

… are the common lines used by the older generation of genuine comrades to register their displeasure at the death of a viable and strong students’ movement in Nigeria. 

The numbness and dumbness of today’s comrades is another form of blindness that reflects on our nation’s collective myopia regarding social and political issues like corruption, poverty, unemployment, etc.

As university students (be it undergraduate or postgraduate) and comrades (both genuine and counterfeit), we are expected to take active roles in democracy – roles beyond the ballot box. We are expected to help frame both issues and solutions in our communities, our nation, and the world. Nigerian students and comrades no longer participate in the kind of vibrant civic life that is critical to the success of our democracy.

Our students and comrades have failed to be active in developing and promoting civic space in education of democratic citizenship and engagement of our citizens by developing their political consciousness. In a country of 170 million people, students’ and youths’ voices matter!

In the ’60s and ’70s, history has it that there was a huge rise in the involvement of students in politics. Time and again, we have seen and/or read how they have stood together to raise their voices against social injustices, tyranny, oppression, and dictatorship and have made impact on policies affecting them and Nigeria as a whole. Today, our university students and comrades are as dumb as a dummy. They have become “political almajiris” with the most corrupt politicians being their role models and decorating crooks with the highest students awards and honours.

The list of our shortcomings goes on and on. …

These and many more are the crimes of the Nigerian Students and comrades. I beg to bring the attention of the entire nation to a subtle and deliberate avenue which has heavily culminated in the slow decline and death of the involvement of these students and comrades in national issues – the extrajudicial shootings which has resulted in maimings and killings of Nigerian Students and comrades.

On Sunday, June 19th, 2016, news broke out of the clampdown on protesting Nigerian students domiciled in the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo (RUGIPO) campus by the men of the Nigeria Police Force (NPF). These protesting students had blocked the Akure-Owo express road to show their grievance over an accident that occurred a day before, Saturday, June 18th, 2016, involving a police patrol van and a student of RUGIPO.

Israel Fagbemigun, a concerned stakeholder in Ondo State Students’ and Youths Movement submitted thus at about 11:00pm on Sunday, June 19th, 2016:

“I’ve just left Owo few minutes ago. I paid an unscheduled visit earlier today, with respect to the students/police crises, and I want to say without mincing words that no death have been recorded either from students end or from the police.

About 9 students sustained various degree of injuries and one of them, who is in critical state, has been transfered to a neighbouring state for medical attention. 5 Police men are also said to be in the hospital as a result of various degrees of injuries sustained.

However, as at this moment, calm and peace has been restored in RUGIPOL and its environs.

Students arrested in connection with the riot have been released at our instance. Issues in connection with the cause of the crises is presently being critically examined, and a comprehensive account of the event may be released soonest, if neccessary.”
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The President of the RUGIPO released this statement on Sunday, 19/06/2016, at about 8:00pm:

“It was a tyrannical, oppressing scene in my school today as the men of NPF took to the street, shooting at sight against our students. It all started when a policeman knocked down a bike with two people which included a female Mass Communication ND1(PT) student with the policeman neglecting them and running away (hit and run).

This morning, the news was spread around school that the girl involved in the accident is dead and this prompted the students to gather at the school (gate) to know the true state of report. Then we went to the hospital to see if they are dead or not and it was confirmed that the girl is in COMA after sustaining HEAD INJURY and has been referred to IFE for treatment and this was brought to the students and this prompted the student to proceed on a mass walk to the police station to show our grievances.

But it is disheartening to see men of the NPF shooting sporadically against our students upon seeing us approaching the police station, not minding the Rector and the Directorate of Students’ coming with us.  They shot at the Rector himself if not for the cadet C.O who safeguarded him.

As at now, over 10 students were shot, sustaining injury while some were mercilessly beaten while on their way from church. The NPF equally burnt down a room in COCOA villa of the institution with tear-gas thus burning the credentials of four (4) students.

We are presently at the police station to release those arrested by the men of NPF.”

Ebifemi Adebanjo Omojuwa 
President RUGIPOSU

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What a reporter reported at about 9:15pm on Sunday, June 19th, 2016:

“Social activities were paralysed in Owo town, Ondo State, on Sunday following a bloody clash between the students of Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo and men of the state police command.

According to an eyewitness, many people were injured while several vehicles were destroyed during the clash.

A student of the institution whose identity could not be confirmed as of press time was also allegedly shot by the police.

It was gathered that trouble started when a police patrol van hit some students of the institution and the policemen in the vehicle allegedly abandoned the student and ran away.

The development was said to have led the students to protest to the ‘B’ Division Police Station at Otapete area of the town.

It was also alleged that the policemen at the station, instead of attending to the protesting students, fired tear gas to disperse them. The action of the police reportedly angered the students, who destroyed vehicles parked inside the station with one of the students being shot.

The protesting students barricaded the Owo/Akure expressway, causing a gridlock that lasted for several hours.

Many areas in the town were also blocked as the students set up bonfires in many places, preventing residents from going out.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Femi Joseph, said the students attacked and injured the Divisional Police Officer. He said the DPO was in a critical condition at the hospital.

Joseph said the students also attacked the police officers who were on duty when they stormed the station, adding that the students vandalised the parked vehicles inside the station despite the DPO’s call for calm.

He said, “The police vehicle that hit the students was not deliberate and it was a total lie that the driver abandoned the students because he immediately took the victims to a hospital and they are currently receiving treatment.”

The Vice President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, Mr. Timileyin Ayenuro, called for the immediate removal of the DPO of ‘B’ Division Police Station for allegedly fuelling the crisis.

He explained that the students expected an apology from the police.

He also demanded the immediate release of the arrested students and warned the police to stop harassing the students of the institution.

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*MY TAKE:

1. THE NPF

The Nigerian Police Force should train its officers in crowd control. In fact, men of the NPF require training and re-training in virtually all facets of policing! This crisis was avoidable.
Forget about the inadequacies of the Nigerian Students’ Movemenk, overlook our weak national strength at the moment and concentrate on the role of the NPF in this fracas.

The Nigerian Police Force remains the number one enemy of the Nigerian students and comrades in this country. Are there no ways to combat protesting students other than sporadic gun shots? The NPF needs a complete overhaul. Their offense isn’t only corruption, bribe taking, negligence of duty among others. Their major crime against the Nigerian people in particular, and humanity in general, is the indiscriminate use of firearms, especially against unarmed protesting Nigerian students!

These shooting and maiming are a well calculated attempt to silence our voice. It is a deliberate move to render us permanently dumb and numb. It is now a recurring theme aimed at rendering us inconsequential in the scheme of national polity. To the Inspector General of Police, tell your incompetent boys they can kill one, two, three or some of us, but their bullets can’t kill us all! I’m a comrade, a full fledged one for that matter, my pain is in the fact that it could have been my body riddled by bullets from officers paid by taxpayer’s money to protect and safeguard my life!!!

2. NANS

The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) should, as a matter of top priority, convene a national summit for all SUG Presidents, top SUG officials and/or Students’ leaders to train and re-train these leaders on crowd management, civic unrest, fundamental human rights etc.

To the leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), our association is no longer at sleep, this disturbing sleep is so long I’m of the strong opinion that we are now in a state of coma! An urgent prodding of our conscience is of immense importance now. We need to retrace our steps to the glory days of years gone pass.

3. The Nigerian Students

While the rage in me is aimed towards men of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF), I’ll apportion your due portion of the blame. Le me reiterate to you in clear terms, the NPF is not our “f*cking friend”. Let them keep their friendship amongst their blood-sucking, dream-shattering, future-draining kilking nest Force Headquarters in Abuja. Friends don’t kill friends!!!

Every Nigerian student MUST understand that his/her right to peaceful protest ends when they infringe on the right of other Nigerians to free movement. When flow of traffic is disturbed due to heavy protest by Nigerian students, then they’ve crossed the line in airing their grievance.

We (students) usually take to major highways while protesting to attract huge media attention to our plight and predicament . Of what use is a protest with no media coverage?

We need to have a paradigm shift from protesting for the gallery of media attention, wantom destruction of properties and self seeking glory to protesting to effect a positive change!
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Finally, on this occasion of the brutal shooting and maiming of innocent Nigerian Students and comrades, I rededicate myself to the destruction of that system, no matter what its purveyors call it, that seeks to enslave the workers of the world; to categorically detest and overthrow all circumstances in which the human being is humiliated, enslaved; abandoned, and despised!
I pledge to Nigeria; however, not Nigeria in its extremely dysfunctional state. I commit to a new, progressive, and egalitarian Nigeria where citizens will be defined not by their name, language, faith, or ethnicity; where citizens will
find fulfillment no matter which part of the country they come from; above all, a Nigeria where every Nigerian can live in peace, go to school, work, raise a family and run for office wherever they choose. I believe that Nigeria is possible!

This challenge is bigger than the Nigerian Students and Comrades. It is the story and challenge of the Nigerian people! #BeWise

Open Letter To Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu


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My dear Asiwaju,
I am compelled to write this open letter to you because of the state of affairs of the Yoruba nation. Firstly, I wish to acknowledge that fate has put you in a prime position to determine to a large extent the direction that the Yoruba people will go. The indisputable truth is that one may quarrel with your politics but your sagacity is never in doubt. Even those who don’t see eye to eye with you agree that you are imbued with
unusual native intelligence, uncommon people skills and unrivaled foresight. You, more than any other person, has been the game changer since the advent of democracy in 1999. It is for these reasons that I have chosen to direct this letter to you.

My singular purpose is to tug at the strings of your heart. I am not writing to appeal to partisan considerations but to see, if per chance, I can pour out my heart to you in a manner of speaking. God has blessed you even beyond your
wildest imagination. You have installed Senators and Governors. You have removed Governors and even a President. You have also installed a
President. There is nothing you have wished for or desired that you didn’t get. Fortune has smiled on you. Goodwill follows you everywhere you go. You have done very well – more than most men ever will.

However, there is one area that is begging for your urgent attention. This area may well define you and all you have ever achieved. This matter, in my opinion, is the only difference between you and the late sage, Chief Obafemi
Awolowo. Let me restate for the purpose of emphasis that this is the area in which the late sage and Leader of the Yorubas stand head and
shoulders above you. It is the reason his name has been a constant denominator in our regional and national politics. It is the reason politicians, friends and foes invoke his name for political advantage and personal glory. It is also the reason why we can’t stop talking about him almost thirty years after his death. What will
anyone say about you thirty years after you have transited?

Asiwaju Sir, you may be wondering what I’m talking about? It is the issue of legacy. According to Peter Strople, ‘Legacy is not leaving something for people, it is leaving something in
people’. Legacy is building something that outlives you. Legacy is greater than currency. In the words of Leonard Sweet, ‘ What you do is your history. What you set in motion is your legacy’. You can’t live forever, Sir. No one can.
But you can create something that will.

Enough of speaking in parables – I shall now speak plainly. When destiny brought you on the scene, we were
enamoured because you championed the case for true federalism. It was your belief then that the Yoruba nation will fare better under a restructured arrangement than under the type of
unitary government we run while pretending by calling it a federal government. Everyone knows that there is nothing federal about our government at all. If truth must be told, the Yoruba nation has fared very badly since the
advent of our new democracy. And this is not about holding power at the centre. Let me bring this home: someone passed a comment recently that he would want Biafra to become a reality because he knows the Igbo
nation will survive. That comment led me to deeper introspection as I wondered if the Yorubas can truly survive. Let me cite my first example.
From Oyo to Osun, Ogun to Ondo, Ekiti to Kwara and Lagos, hardly will one see any serious industry or manufacturing concern owned by a Yoruba person. I am not talking about portfolio
businesses or one-man business concerns. Most industries in Oyo State are owned by the Lebanese. The native business and industry gurus who dominated the landscape – Nathaniel
Idowu, Amos Adegoke, Lekan Salami, Alao Arisekola, Adeola Odutola, Jimoh Odutola, Chief Theophilus Adediran Oni and others – are all gone with no credible replacements. I’m sure you
remember the tyre factory of the Odutolas and how Jimoh Odutola was even asked by the Governments of Kenya and Ghana to set up a similar factory in their countries. Chief Theophilus Adediran Oni, popularly called T.A Oni & Sons, started the first indigenous construction company in Nigeria. He willed his residence – Goodwill House, to the Oyo/Western state government, to be used as a Paediatric Hospital, which is now
known as T.A Oni Memorial Children Hospital at Ring Road in Ibadan. This sprawling family Estate and residence was cited on a 15-acre piece of land, 65 rooms, with modern conveniences,
Olympic Swimming Pool and stable for Horses, etc.

People like Chief Bode Akindele started
companies like Standard Breweries and Dr Pepper Soft drink factory at Alomaja in Ibadan. Broking House built by the late Femi Johnson, an insurance magnate, still stands glittering in the
mid-day sun as an epitome to a rich history that Ibadan has. The most serious and only notable Yoruba entrepreneur we have now is Michael
Adenuga. I say this quite consciously because most of the other names are oil and gas barons. Most of what stood as testaments of industry in Oyo State are gone – Exide Batteries, Leyland
Autos and many others. In its place are shopping malls and road side markets but no nation develops through buying and selling alone – especially when you’re not actually producing what you’re selling. Hypermarkets and
supermarkets have taken over because of the need to feed our insatiable consumer-appetite and foreign tastes. In one instance, an ancient landmark in the form of a hotel was demolished
to pave way for a mall. That is how low we have sunk. If our past is better than our present – if we always look back with nostalgia frequently, then
there is a problem.

The case of other states is not different. Osun’s case is pathetic. Ditto for Ondo and Ekiti. Ogun State can boast of some factories at Sango-Otta and Agbara axis but most of them are not owned
by the Yorubas. There is no significant
pharmaceutical company owned by any Yoruba except for Bond Chemicals in Awe, Oyo State – and its wallet share is very insignificant. For Lagos State, more than 70% of the manufacturing concerns and major industries in
the State are owned by the Igbos. If the Igbos were to stop paying tax in Lagos State, the IGR of Lagos State will reduce by over 60%. In contrast, Sir, go to the South East and look at the manufacturing concerns in Onitsha, Aba and Nnewi. Please don’t forget those were areas ravaged by civil war a mere forty something years ago. The Igbos have certainly made tremendous progress but the Yoruba nation has
regressed. I wish to state that this letter is not meant to whip up primordial considerations or ethnic sentiments but just to put things in proper perspective.

Asiwaju, I will like to also talk about the state of education in the Yoruba nation. Our education has gone to the dogs. We have a bunch of mis-educated and ill-educated young men and women
roaming the streets. Ibadan, for instance, had the first University in Nigeria and the first set of research centres in Nigeria: The Forestry
Research Institute of Nigeria (FRIN), The Cocoa Research Institute of Nigeria (CRIN), The Nigerian Cereal Research Institute Moor Plantation (NCRI), The Nigerian Institute of Horticultural Research (NIHORT), The Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic
Research (NISER), The Institute of Agriculture, Research and Training (IAR&T), amongst several others.
Ibadan was the bastion of scholarship with people like Wole Soyinka, JP Clark, D.O Fagunwa and Amos Tutuola as residents.

In the May/June 2015 West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination, Abia came tops. Anambra came 2nd while Edo was 3rd. Lagos placed 6th while Osun and Oyo was 29th and 26th. Ekiti was 11th, Ondo State was 13th and Ogun State was 19th. In 2013 WASSCE, only Lagos and Ogun States were the Yoruba States above the national average. If we do an analysis of how Lagos placed 6th in 2015, you will discover that it was
substantially because of other nationalities resident in Lagos. For proof, please look no further than the winners of the Spelling Bee competition which has produced One-Day Governors in Lagos State. Since inception in 2001, other nationalities have won the competition six times (Ebuka Anisiobi in 2001, Ovuwhore Etiti in 2002, Abundance Ikechukwu in
2006, Daniel Osunbor in 2008, Akpakpan Iniodu Jones in 2011 and Lilian Ogbuefi in 2012). Sir, there is something seriously wrong about our
state of education. From the vintage times of Obafemi Awolowo who initiated ‘free education’, we have regressed into a most parlous state.

Let me talk about roads, housing and
infrastructure. The first dualized road in Nigeria, the Queen Elizabeth road from Mokola to Agodi in Ibadan was formally commissioned by Queen Elizabeth in 1956. The first Housing Estate in Nigeria is Bodija Housing Estate (also in Ibadan) which was built in 1958. The state of roads in the Yoruba nation has become pathetic. Our hinterland are still largely rural. Even some state capitals like Osogbo and Ado-Ekiti are big villages when you compare them to towns in the South East. How many new estates have been built over the last decade? Even Ajoda New Town lies
in ruins.

We have abandoned the farm settlement strategy of the Western Region and only pay lip service to
agriculture. Instead of feeding others like we once did, others now feed us. We plant no tomatoes, no pepper and the basic food that we require. The Indians have bought the large expanse of water body that we have in Onigambari village. The water body in Oke Ogun of Oyo State can provide enough fish to feed the whole of the
South West. From being a major cocoa exporter many years ago, one can point to just a few vestiges of factories that still deal with Cocoa in the Yoruba nation. 80% of Cocoa processing
industries in the South West have been shut down. The Chinese have taken over the cashew belt at Ogbomoso in Oyo State. They have even edged out the indigenes as brokers. They now
come to the cashew belt to buy from the local farmers, sell on the spot to other Chinese exporters who now process the cashew nuts and import them back into Nigeria at a premium. Sir, there are only 7 major cashew processing plants in Nigeria and you can check out the ownership. The glory has departed from the Yoruba nation. Apart from Asejire, Ede, Ikere Gorge and Oyan dams built ages ago, where are the new dams to
cater for increased population and water capacity for the Yoruba nation? How have we improved on what our heroes past left us? Maybe apart from
certain areas in Lagos State, others can’t even supply their citizens with pipe-borne water.

Our youth which we used to take pride in are largely a mass of unemployed and unemployable people. Have you noticed the abundance of street urchins, area boys, touts and ‘agberos’ that we now have all across the Yoruba nation? Have you noticed the swell in the ranks of NURTW (I mean
no disrespect to an otherwise noble union)? Have you noticed the increase in the number of Yoruba beggars? There was a time that it was taboo for
a Yoruba man to beg- but no more. The spirit of apprenticeship is dead. There was a time that people who learn vocational skills celebrate what we referred to as ‘freedom’. While that is largely moribund now in the Yoruba nation, the Igbos still practice it with great success.

The only thing we can boldly say the Yoruba nation controls is the information machinery – the press. We own largely the newspapers – the
Nation, Punch, Nigerian Tribune, TV Continental and a few others. It is because of our control of this information machinery that we have
rewritten the narrative in the country with the misguided self-belief that things are normal and we are making progress. A look beyond the surface will prove that this is so untrue. We are largely divided. For the first time in the
history of the Yoruba nation, religion is about to divide us further – and it is starting from Osun State. You are married to a Christian. My own
father-in-law is an Alhaji. That is how we have peacefully do-existed but the fabrics are about to be torn to shreds because of poor management of issues. Afenifere has been reduced to a
shadow of itself. OPC that once defended Yoruba interests has gone into oblivion. Yoruba elders have been vilified in the name of politics and
partisanship. It is no longer news to see
teenagers throwing stones at their elders because of their political indoctrination. Even under the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, the Yorubas
never belonged to just a single party- yet our unity was without blemish. Now, our values have gone down the drain.

Asiwaju, I believe I have said enough. The task is Herculean but I believe Providence has brought you here for such a time like this. It is time for the Yoruba nation to clean up its acts. What do we really want? How can we quickly right the wrongs? The Yoruba nation is in a state of arrested development. The Yoruba nation is gasping for breath and crying for help. Will you rise up to the occasion? I am aware you understand that all politics is local and charity
begins at home. Our fathers gave us a proverb: ‘Bi o’ode o dun, bi igbe ni’gboro ri’. I know there are no quick fixes but I also know that if there is anyone who has the capacity to do something about our current situation, that person is you.
This should be the legacy you should think of.

Your legacy is our future.
Yours Very Sincerely,
Adebayo Adeyinka