Yoruba leaders across party lines will on Monday, December 3, gather in Lagos to discuss the interest of Yoruba nation ahead of the 2019 general elections in a colloquium.
The colloquium, tagged: “Yoruba Nation Yesterday, Today And The Challenges of 2019” will hold at the Recital Hall, Muson Centre, Onikan, Lagos at 12 noon.
A press statement issued and signed by the Special Adviser on Political Matters to former Deputy National Chairman, South, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olabode George, Prince Uthman Shodipe-Dosunmu, said that Chief George is expected to deliver the Keynote Address at the colloquium, which will have in attendance leaders of the pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, including, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Senator Femi Okurounmu and all elected candidates and leaders of all political parties in Yorubaland.
The statement further disclosed that the colloquium would be chaired by Chief Bode Olajumoke, while former minister of Transportation, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, one of the expected discussants, would look at the “Yoruba Nation Before and After the 1914 Amalgamation of the Southern and Northern Protectorates” and the key roles played by Yoruba leaders, including late Herbert Macauley, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, among others, in the political development of the country.
The release further said, “It (the colloquium) will also feature the need to foster unity and prepare the Yoruba race for the expected leadership role in the current and future political dispensation and our relevance in the growth of Nigeria.
“It is sad that the Yoruba nation that produced eminent Nigerians in all fields of endeavours, such as Professor Wole Soyinka, late Chief Rotimi Williams, late Professor Ayodele Awojobi and late Chief S.L. Akintola has declined to a state of rudderless indifference without any rallying leadership.
“The colloquium will define a way forward for the race and the discussion will include the demands and the expectations of our people in the coming dispensation, as 2019 beckons.”