Am pledge to take yorubaland to destination- Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams


Being a text of speech Delivered by the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Iba Gani Abiodun Ige Adams, at the 6th edition of Oodua Progressive Union (OPU) World Congress, holding today, Monday 27th January, 2020, at Adetiloye Hall, Fountain Hotel, Trade Fair Complex, Ado – Ekiti, Ekiti state.
It is a great feeling and honour to stand before You- all members of our great organisation, the Oodua Progressive Union (OPU), as well as our guests today, as we begin the 2020 edition of the OPU World Congress, tagged:”Ekiti 2020″.
Let me express my appreciation to our amiable governor,Dr. Kayode Fayemi,for playing host to all Yoruba sons and daughters here in Ekiti state.
I want to also thank all our royal fathers present here today, starting from the royal father of the day and host, HRM Oba Rufus Adeyemi Adejugbe, Aladesanmi III (CON) for finding time to be part of this programme.
As royal fathers, they deserve our commendations because of their commitment towards preserving our culture, tradition, and heritage.
Interestingly, the journey to Ekiti 2020 began last year in Ondo, Akure, to be precise.
That was at the 5th edition of OPU World Congress. Memories of that unique gathering still linger on in our minds up till the present moment.
I must admit honestly that this year’s World Congress is the beginning of another journey towards actualising our objectives.
Therefore, I want to assure all our members that Yoruba race will continue to make impact in the world.
Since its inception in 2011,OPU has been playing its role as one of the prominent organisations of Yoruba descent in the Diaspora.
In the last few years, we have made tremendous progress across Europe, America, Asia,and also in Africa.
I am glad to tell you today that as we speak, OPU is presently in 87 countries globally.
With all our influence and connections across the world, we have devise various strategies purposely to develop a better socio-economic integration among the people of our race.
As we all know, this kind of gathering is to unite us. It is also to build the socio-economic networking. It is meant to boost our relationship as one big, united family of Yoruba race.
As a race, we have a distinct culture, and it is usually a wonderful experience when we meet to discuss pertinent issues that affect us a group as well as that of our race.
As the global convener, I think it is necessary to reflect on our past, by telling the story of how the journey of the OPU World Congress started.
It began in Lagos in 2015. The Congress was also held in Ile-Ife, Osun state, in 2016.
The third edition of the OPU World Congress was held in Oyo, in 2017.
The fourth and the fifth edition of our world Congress were held in Abeokuta in Ogun and Akure in Ondo in 2018 and 2019 respectively.
In each of these states, the paramount ruler and the executive governor automatically become our royal host and special guest of honour.
That has been the template by which we organize our Congress
So, it is amazing to tell you that the more we move across the southwest, the better for us to know more about our core values.
Today we are in Ekiti, and it is my belief and hope that we shall enjoy the best moment as the event progresses.
My brothers and sisters, as great ambassadors of Yoruba race, by coming down to Nigeria from your various destinations, you have committed yourselves to the development of Yoruba race.
You have also decided to pursue our aims and objectives with vigour and strengths.
It now behooves on everyone of you to come up with new ideas and strategies that can help us achieve what we set out to achieve as a group.
With our huge population, human and material resources, Nigeria, is blessed as a nation, but sadly, we have failed to utilize the enormous potentials of this great nation.
But rather than wallowing in pain and regrets, it is important for the Yorubas in the Diaspora to come back home to set a new direction for the Yoruba nation.
Whether we like it or not, there is no place like home.
We need to come together and make sure that our race regains its lost glories and identities.
In Nigeria’s history, Yorubas are at the centre of civilization
In all ramifications, the Yorubas are always far ahead of other tribes and regions in all aspects of life.
That is why we are able to achieve what we can see today as our legacies and achievements.
For instance, the southwest had power four years before the Nigerian independence, the same year with France.
As great sons and daughters of Yoruba race, we should be mindful of great development that is truly trending in America, Israel, China, Germany and across the world.
Chief Awolowo’s dream as the leader of our race then was to make Yorubaland the industrial and economic hub in Africa and the world.
Egbe Omo Oduduwa was established in London in 1946 to serve as veritable tool for liberation.
It was later transformed to become the mouthpiece of the race.
That is leadership.That is sacrifice. It was the leadership and huge commitment of our past leaders that eventually brought about the kind of progress we made in western region then.
As OPU members, efforts should be made to develop a leadership culture that will help us to succeed as an organization.
We can always replicate what the late chief Obafemi Awolowo did in those years. It is not impossible. And it is achievable.
As far as I am concerned, OPU is not a social or ceremonial club, we are a group of people that is poised to liberate our race from the bondage of cultural ignorance.
The progress of the Yoruba race is our aim of which we are determined to actualize as soon as possible.
But as your leader, I need to tell you that in fighting a lofty cause, the benefit is usually not immediate.
We look up to the future.That is how it has always been from time immemorial.
So, as we gather here today, I look forward to a day when the name of OPU will ring a bell across the world as the most celebrated organization on the African continent and the world at large.
That is why you need to fight more and agitate for restructuring.
We need aggressive mobilisation in terms of intellectual engagements
For example,the recent crusade for Operation Amotekun across the southwest and beyond has only justified our position for restructuring and true federalism.
It has also showcased our resolve for unity and progress of Yorubaland.
The Nothern people literally used the Operation Amotekun project to test our will-power, and they knew that once the Yorubas have made up their minds on anything, it will definitely come to past.
That is the spirit of Oduduwa,our great progenitor.
And in conclusion, as the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, I have a duty, and part of my duties is to protect the entire Yorubaland, using both human and material resources to ensure peace and unity in the land.
Today, as the 15th and modern Aareonakakanfo of Yorubaland, we are, certainly, not fighting any wa


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