- The Yoruba race has been urged to be united in order to remain a formidable and relevant part of Nigeria
- Former national deputy chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Bode George, made the call on the ethnic group
- He says Yoruba sons and daughters have dismantled the collective oneness which once gave them the cutting edge advantage in the past
Yoruba sons and daughters have been called upon by a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former national deputy chairman of the party to be united and shun selfish interests in order to remain a formidable and relevant part of Nigeria.
Punch reports that the PDP stalwart, who stated this in Osogbo on Tuesday, July 31, at the grand zonal congress of the southwest youth and women leaders, said that Yoruba leaders could no longer choose to go in different directions due to distrust and selfishness and still expect the race to tower above others.
NAIJ.com gathers that George also said that the Yoruba race must return to the sacred dignities of old where personal ambitions were restrained by humility
He said: “The Yoruba founding pioneers were indeed representative of men and women who came from the furthest reaches of Ekiti, the fertile expanses of Ondoland, the streams and waters of Osun, the forests and thickets of Oyo and the mountainous ranges of the Atlantic shores.
“Today, we occupy an inevitable position in the Nigerian firmament because we are now too much self-absorbed. We are too much hindered by parochial pursuits to the detriment of the greater Yoruba vision. We have dismantled the collective oneness which once gave us the cutting edge advantage in the past.
“We must return to the sacred dignities of old where personal ambitions were restrained by humility. We must return to the instinctive patriotic zeal that insists on sacrifice and selfless service. We must return to the good old days when hard work and perseverance were treasured over the lazy recourse to the easy ways.
“We can no longer afford to be going in different directions. That will not get us anywhere. It will always result in confusion and chaos. It will always result in aimlessness and forfeiture. As we push and pull in different ways, we become weaker and invariably enfeebled without any relevance, without any cogent achievements.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that a member of the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bode George, described the recent defection of some members of the National Assembly from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to his party as very good indeed.
Bode George said most of the defecting lawmakers were members of the PDP who decided to return home after trying their luck somewhere else.
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