I’m sad, disappointed over Afenifere affairs, says Fasoranti


The leader of the Yoruba socio-political association, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, on Wednesday, expressed dissatisfaction over the unpleasant state of the group in recent time.


Fasoranti regretted that the association was being threatened by the leadership crisis currently, saying there was a need for urgent action to revamp the organization.


The elderstatesman stated this at the meeting of members of the group held at his residence in Akure, the Ondo State capital.


Some of the Afenifere chieftains present at the meeting were the immediate past governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, a former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Iyiola Omisore, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation and monarch of Ilu Abo Community, Chief Olu Falae, the former Secretary General of the Afenifere, Chief Sehinde Arogbofa, the Organising Secretary of the group, Apagun Omololu, among others.


In his address, Chief Fasoranti said, “A noticeable drift away from our core values of consultation, brotherliness and camaraderie and traditional process of conducting the business of the organization, upon which our collegial system of leadership is based, has been severely threatened.


“This threat has been further exacerbated by more recent events, culminating in a fracture of the traditional backbone of the organization. I am sorry to say, without mincing words, that our organization is in a sorry state and requires urgent restoration effort to steer it away from the current trajectory.


“This wasn’t my vision or expectation when I appointed the acting leader and deputy leader. And to say that I am sad and disappointed at the turn of events is an understatement. I am particularly disturbed because unless, we take urgent remedial action, the future looks very bleak and the necessary resources to revamp our organization are being depleted by the day.”


To this end, the Afenifere leader urged other chieftains of the group to find a lasting solution to the current impasse in the association


“I implore you to engage franklymand honestly in the spirit of comradeship and mutual respect for which we are well known and upon which this organization is founded. With determination and commitment, I believe you are all able to find a solution that will propel Afenifere to greater heights.”


At the end of the meeting, a communique was issued and read by the Publicity Secretary of the group, Jare Ajayi. The communique contained the resolutions reached at the meeting.


In the communique, the Afenifere said it would set up a committee to work on reconciliation and unity of the association.


The communique read, “Afenifere is to be reinvigorated to be stronger and be able to continue to fulfill its mandate of being the vanguard for the Yoruba race. To achieve this, a committee is to be set up to achieve reconciliation and unity.


“The Afenifere is an ideological movement. It is not a political party. Deviation from the basic principles of Afenifere has been responsible for the undesirable turn of events in the last two years.


“Arising from the above, Afenifere is to be brought back to its core values and tradition.”

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  1. AFENIFERE is not a political party but the leaders constantly get involved in politics by having preferred candidates, this action alone is sufficient to erode all values of the organization. It is a pity that to repair now will be tougher than to have maintained the core values of AFENIFERE

  2. Beating about the bush. They are not courageous enough to state their problem comprehensively, and they know. How could they solve it ? Pa Abraham Adebanjo has turned Afenifere into a laughing stock. He has become the new Labour Party logo

  3. PA Adebanjo is a man of integrity and not like his other yoruba counterpart known for their hypocrisy. His decision to stand for the truth distinguished him. All the hypocrites and tribal bigots should burry their faces in shame


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