He searched and low and behold, he found such a town in Nigeria, it’ll be home for the next 50 years of his life. When he got to Ilesha, he became a part of an ongoing revival there led by Apostle Ayo Babalola. He ended up becoming a mentor to Apostle Babalola and many other known christian leaders in Nigeria. He was the spiritual father to Archbishop Benson Idahosa. Benson Idahosa testified of how God specifically gave him the name of Ilesha and told him to go look for a white man there who will mentor him.
Author: Sunday Adelaja
Lagos Real Estate guru, Olu Okeowo, has recently said that if the succession plan falls through, the South West will lose out the most as the only thing they have produced over the years are mostly area boys and fake pastors.
For a student of history, it is difficult to accept the accusation against Nigeria that Nigeria has not been fair to the Yoruba nation. As I have said above, the Yoruba people and the Biafran people have occupied every political, economic and military position in the Nigerian nation. As a matter of fact Yorubas are the most privileged people group in Nigeria.
Today some Nigerians would rather prefer that Nigeria is still under the governance of Great Britain today. There are Nigerians who would prefer our resources were managed by foreigners. That is the height we have fallen as a result of ‘independence’ void of responsibility. Things have only become worse after our so called independence.
Okay, if the Yoruba nation wants a monarchy system of rule, who will be the King? Who will become the sovereign monarch? Where will the kingdom be? Is it the OOni of Ife or the Alaafin of Oyo? Won’t the Awujale of Ijebuland or the Alake of Egbaland want the right to the stool? Where will you put the Orangun of Ila who also is a direct descendant of Oduduwa?
From this quotation we see that Chief Obafemi Awolowo believed in one Nigeria, because he could see that our diversity is a blessing. He for sure had the political influence and leadership to have led Yorubas into self determination, but yet he didn’t, because living together as one country is better for all. It was better then and it’s still better today.
If Nigeria was not so strong, years of looting and embezzlement would have made her collapse collectively. Former UK prime Minister David Cameron was famed to have once said that if the amount of money stolen from Nigeria in the last 30 years was stolen from the UK, the UK would cease to exist.
Like I have mentioned above building a new country goes beyond creating a new geography, new currencies, new flags and new anthem. A new anthem will not make Oduduwa Republic great.
Our people have not embraced brotherhood and brotherliness. We have not seen ourselves as one. We think it must be a mistake that God created us and put us within same geography. We are always striving and fighting one another instead of building together.
Contrary to this, with the emergence of Oduduwa Republic, who are those that will be the citizens? Are they not the current Yoruba people? The so-called “area boys” of Lagos, are they not part of Yoruba people who will go with you? What will happen to them? Or we think they will become saints overnight? What will you do with the Yoruba money ritualists? In my own personal opinion these money ritualists are as bad as the Fulani kidnappers.
Chief Obafemi Awolowo been a visionary he was saw all the problems and dangers with the Nigerian project as was handed over to us by the British. However, Awolowo didn’t call for a breakaway from Nigeria, he rather called on our leaders to neutralise those forces of division. That’s exactly what I’m doing, I am obeying the words of the greatest Yoruba man who ever lived, I’m fighting against what he called forces of destruction, I’ll encourage every well meaning Nigerian and Yoruba man to obey his call.
If we do not live together as brothers, embracing one another, loving one another, the only alternative is to give our enemies the rule over us, in which case we must be ready to succumb and expire. When the colonial powers came to Africa, their strategy was to divide us before they could conquer and rule over us.
Monoculturalism is the psychology of living just for and within your own people. It can otherwise be called extreme nationalism. It is a feeling that your people are better than others. We can assess a man’s level of education by how willing he is to embrace others. Monoculturalism makes you a tribalist, a racist, xenophobic,
It is naïve for anyone to think that all the problems in Nigeria would be resolved simply by declaring Oduduwa, Biafra or Arewa republic. If anything, the problems will be multiplied. It is naïve for a Yoruba man to think that his problem are the Fulanis, Hausas or Igbos. Who believes such things?
Great nations are great not because of geography or who they cohabit with in the country. Great nations are not built by the virtues of their wealth but by the wealth of their virtues. Without every citizen being committed to the greatness of the nation by consciously imbibing cultures of diligence, honesty, integrity, discipline etc., there will be no great nation inspite of any name we choose to call ourselves.
We need to refine ourselves as a people. Our mantra as Yorubas is omoluabi (a people full of character and virtues), a virtuous people, a dignified nation. But let’s be truthful, there is scarcity of omoluabi right now across Yorubaland.
If by genetic components, Nigerians are the same, then why do we hate one another so much? Why do we fight so much? Why do we give room for a lot of infightings? If over 500 tribes live in Nigeria and they speak more than 300 languages, why don’t we see our diverse languages and cultures as a beautiful thing? Why can’t we all see that we are related?
The governor stated this on Sunday at a Thanksgiving service over the victory of Evans Bipi, the Majority Whip of the State House of Assembly, in the rerun election for Ogu/Bolu State Constituency in the House of Assembly
‘If politics has the potential to decompose, we are supposed to be there, healing and preserving it. If the economy has the potential to decompose, the church and believers have the purpose to be there keeping and preserving it’
This is because by the time it gets to the eleventh stage, it is already more than the entire population of Nigeria so how will it be sustained? By the time it gets to the thirteenth stage, it is more than the population of the entire world