ARG marks Awolowo 110th posthumous birthday
The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, has called on Nigerians especially those from the Southwest extraction to continue to play active role in the leadership of the nation.
The Governor stated this yesterday in Ado-Ekiti while delivering a lecture as part of the activities marking the 110th birthday of the late seige, Chief Jeremiah Obafemi Awolowo, organised by Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) held in Ado-Ekiti.
Fayemi who eulogiesed the late politician and noted that Chief 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, hardwork, 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”, he said.
Fayemi added he does not align with the widespread notion that elites are always anti-people, saying Awolowo’s political progressive doctrine preached that elites must work and defend the poor.
Earlier in a keynote address delivered by a second Republic Senator, Prof Banji Akintoye, advocated true federalism as the only solution that can wipe out marginalisation and poverty in the country.
Akintoye, a Historian who was among the crop of the 23 scholars who pioneered the Ibadan Historical series at the Nigeria Premier University, said the late Premier of the Western Region, Chief Obafemi 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, hardwork, education and who was 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.
Also speaking a factional leader of Afenifere, Senator Ayo Fasanmi, applauded the southwest governors and electorate for protecting the region by voting for President Muhammadu Buhari in the presidential poll.
Fasanmi said Afenifere will continue to fight against injustice in the region and protect the corporate interest of the citizens of the people at all times.
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