Wednesday, 1 March 2017

[NG]Ekiti elders seek unity among Yoruba

Senior citizens in Ekiti State have called for unity among the Yoruba.
The elders also called for the sustenance of virtues of honesty, humility and integrity, which they described as legacies that must be sustained.
The elders decried erosion of core values that make the tribe to be held in high esteem.
These are parts of resolutions reached at the end of their annual get-together, otherwise known as Buffet-in-the -Jungle, hosted by elder statesman and retired Permanent Secretary, Chief Deji Fasuan, at his home in Afao-Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area.
The programme was jointly sponsored by Governor Ayo Fayose, Founder of Afe Babalola University, Ado Ekiti (ABUAD), Aare Afe Babalola and former president of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA), Dr. Kayode Obembe.
Fasuan, who is the convener of the parley, urged contemporary political leaders to imbibe these virtues to provide exemplary and quality leadership.
The former board member of the Revenue Mobilisation Allocation and Fiscal Commission (RMAFC) expressed concern that the virtues are fading away.
He explained that most of the senior citizens, who reached the peak of their careers, grew up in humble backgrounds and were trained with the proceeds of cocoa grown by their parents.
Fasuan said the elders resolved that the gathering will be replicated in the 16 local governments and will be sponsored through self-help and open to support from government and other well-meaning people.
Former old Ondo StateGovernor Bamidele Olumil praised Fasuan for organising the parley, which attracted about 300 participants to interact.
Fayose’s mother, Madam Victoria Olufunke Oluwayose, attended the event.
Retired Anglican Bishop of Akure Diocese, Rt. Rev. Michael Ipinmoye, recalled that education was a thing of pride in the time past in which every Ekiti household took pride in producing graduates regretting the development is fading away gradually.
Former General Secretary of Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), Dr. Kunle Olajide, expressed delight with the parley which he described as a reference point to set agenda for the unity among the people.

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