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June 12: Disunity Among Yoruba Leaders Bane Of Regional Integration - Adebutu

R-L: Former Special Adviser to President Jonathan, Dr. Doyin Okupe, Hon. Ladi Adebutu, Hon. Sikirulai Ogundele, and Kola Ogunleye at the June 12 commemorative lecture in Abeokuta on Wednesday.

Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 
ABEOKUTA -  A former federal lawmaker representing Remo federal constituency in Ogun State, Hon. Ladi Adebutu has attributed disunity among Yoruba leaders among factors responsible for the under development of the South West region. 

Hon. Adebutu equally called on the Yorubas to look inwards and address its continuous division.

He said, it was hightime, the Yorubas forget their differences and unites against all odds for the best interest of the race. 

Adebutu spoke at a commemorative lecture of June 12 Democracy day with the theme "June 12: The Yoruba Race in United Nigeria", held in Abeokuta, Ogun State capital. 

He revealed that since June 12, 1993 elections, Nigeria has not achieved any free, fair and transparent election.

Adebutu, a former governorship aspirant of People's Democratic Party, PDP, said the present political dispensation was a product of the agitations that followed the annulment of the June 12 elections.

He therefore called on political actors to give prominence to the ideals of the late politician. 

He lamented over the lack of true democracy in the country, saying the current Democratic system was going down.

According to him, ''We have not had any free, fair and transparent election since the June 12 1993 presidential election. June 12 means a lot to Nigerians and that is why we are celebrating it today, it is universal, it is the foundation of our contemporary politics today, it is a what i can never forget''

''The efforts MKO Abiola made in bringing about democracy can not be undermined, he sacrificed for the people, not only him and his wife,  Kudirat Abiola''

''Where are we today, progressively in 1992, I will say we have gradually gone down, every electioneering process has always given way for no changes''.

''Should we sit back in our homes and allow some self serving politicians to misdirect us. No regard for human life in the current administration. Should we sit in our homes where we were over- run by security''.

He therefore called on political actors to give prominence to the ideals of the late politician. 

Also speaking, a former Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on media and Publicity, Dr. Doyin Okupe noted  that he was among the last three persons with the  late MKO Abiola as at the time he was arrested.

He therefore commended  president Muhammadu Buhari for  immortalization of the late winner of 1993 presidential.

''I want to commend the President, because he deserves commendation for today's celebration, he had done well''

While delivering his lecture at the occasion, a University don, Dr.  Goke Rauf, called on the Yoruba people across Nigeria to be united in the interest of national unity.

Dr. Rauf noted that the need for the unity was a principle of charity begins at home as disunited group of people can not exemplify unity at the National Front.

The lecturer at the mass communication department of Adeleke University, Ede, was of the view that the lack of political ideology among politicians remains one of the problems working against the unity of the Yoruba people.  

He however urged the Yoruba's to have rethink and work towards a common goal.

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