Yorubas must pull together, ‘No’ to asset sales … Fáyoṣe & Arẹ́gbẹ́ṣọlá at Èkìtì’s anniversary celebrations – Punch

October 4, 2016



“It is high time the Yoruba nation and indeed the South-West united in terms of integrating our development strategies in education, commerce, economy, agriculture and tourism among others. There is no reason we should not unite for the best.

“The truth is that no Yoruba state, with the exception of Lagos State, can survive alone without collaborating with sister states. Therefore, we have to come together, pull together our abundant human and material resources.”


On Southwest integration and Yoruba unity –

It’s great news if the Southwest integration is back in focus. Governors Aregbesola visit to Ado-Ekiti and the press statement credited to him and his host, Ekiti’s Fayose’s is encouraging.


Here are links to past statements on the subject:

“… Those who endorse Ondo State’s Mimiko are political beggars” – ACN’s Akande

“ … I do not read much, I never came across speeches like these from Papa Obafemi Awolowo or Papa Ajasin to their political opponents in Yoruba land … I think Yorubas say ”Ile l’a ti nko eso r’ode [charity begins at home] … I am sure that ACN will lose the election in Ondo State any time anywhere … How can we foster common political forum for the region?”

  – Above comments by Fatai Bakare   [https://emotanafricana.com/2012/08/09/3442/]

Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti had this positive statement in 2013:

We can also take the advantage of Ondo’s link to the sea because the gas pipeline is easier in Ogun/Ondo border, to help us achieve faster development since energy is a key problem for us. Even those of us, the ACN governors, are committed to integration, but there is a degree also. Without a doubt, we want it to work, but there are always drivers in every agenda of that nature. It is a challenge, but I don’t think it is fair to say that the government of Ondo under our brother, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, is not interested in integration. It will not be a fair assessment.

Well, if Fayemi’s thinking reflects a change of direction by the Action Congress which controls all but one of the Southwest’s states, it is a very welcome and refreshing change.  [https://emotanafricana.com/2013/02/01/south-west-integration-can-take-place-under-multi-party-arrangement-ekitis-fayemi/]

And below is Ondo’s Dr. Mimiko stating the importance of regional integration at the inauguration for his second term.


TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2016. 7:07 p.m. [GMT]


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4 Comments on “Yorubas must pull together, ‘No’ to asset sales … Fáyoṣe & Arẹ́gbẹ́ṣọlá at Èkìtì’s anniversary celebrations – Punch”

  1. folakemiodoaje Says:

    Sounds like a beneficial advice to all but I doubt this will ever happen, at least not until SW have guts to deal with holes in the pockets that leaders have created. From what I have noticed, the only thing SW governors agree on is creating more crowned-Obas, most of whom can not sit in the same room to agree on the basic principles of how to work together to move the area forward – it becomes an issue because they are on payroll of our limited resources.



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Fola,

      Thanks for your cotribution.

      It would be share wishful thiking to believe any integration of the people of Southwestern Nigeria can take place without all component parts of Yorubaland get aboard the train of progress no matter the party to which they belong.
      This, I belong, is the most important problem facing the whole region right now, and it is why modern internal colonizers perhaps think the coast is clear for them to move in and tear the area apart so that they can pick up whatever they’ve long coveted.


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  2. Latif Opawoye Says:

    The basic truth is known to all of us. No other state can boast capability to meet the basic civic needs of its people. A unified S. West is the way forward.



    • emotan77 Says:

      Dear Doctor,

      Very true. How very true! I just hope SW governors and those at the top would put aside self interest and move decisively forward.

      Thanks, and my regards,



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