The Pan-Yoruba socio-cultural organization Afenifere’s acting leader, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, has been urged to resign by a group operating under the auspices of Concerned Oodua Defendants.
Lai Gboluaje, the group’s South-West Coordinator, made the announcement while leading a demonstration against the continuation of Adebanjo’s leadership of Afenifere in Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, Gboluaje stated that the call became imperative for the preservation of Yoruba culture. He also emphasized that whoever would be in charge of Afenifere must be in agreement with all of the Yoruba people’s beliefs.
He said: “We have watched with dismay, disappointment, and sadness how the noble ideal of Afenifere founding fathers had been bastardized in the last year.
“We can no longer fold our arms and watch our noble heritage going into the mud. If we do, the likes of Pa Awolowo, Pa Ajasin, Pa Adesanya, and Pa Ige, will not forgive us.”
According to Newsmen, Adebanjo took over as the organization’s interim leader when Chief Reuben Fasoranti resigned due to advancing age.
However, Adebanjo’s resignation was demanded after he openly endorsed Peter Obi, the Labour Party’s (LP) presidential contender for the 2023 election.
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