The Yoruba intelligentsia on the platform of The Yoruba Leadership and Peace Initiative is to hold a crucial retreat in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, to discuss the unity and progress of the race in Nigeria.
The scheduled retreat with participants drawn from all South West States and others, including Kwara, Kogi, Edo State, and all parts of Nigeria and the Diaspora where Yorubas are spread, will hold at the Conference Hall, Lead City University, Ibadan on Thursday.
According to a statement by Folu Olamiti, the spokesman for the group, Yoruba leaders, captains of industries, those from the academia, students, market men and women, artisans and different brands of professionals had been invited to partake in the retreat.
The retreat, the statement stressed, will focus essentially on ways and means of fostering the unity of the Yoruba with intent to forge a common endeavour among the people in line with the aspirations of the race’s progenitors.
The statement said that with the outcome of the retreat, TYLPI would be in a good stead to network with other similar groups and like minds to spearhead advocacy on promotion of good neighbourliness among the Yoruba and the sound leadership, which it said the South West required to attain a new height in Nigeria.
It said the TYLPI has always been inclined towards reviving education, which it noted has always given the Yoruba an edge as an ethnic group, as well as promoting economic and cultural advancement of the people at all times.
It said participants at the retreat would have the right opportunity to espouse ideas and suggestions meant to revive the fast dwindling Yoruba heritage through which it noted the Yoruba ethnic group for years had been seen as the pacesetter for others in Nigeria.
TYLPI, a non-partisan, non-political and non-religious group, had before now held series of meetings on its core aim and objective of forging a common endeavour among the Yoruba, while the idea of the retreat scheduled for Thursday is part of efforts to widen its horizon both locally and internationally.