Pioneer National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Adebisi Akande, has accused past leaders across the country of colluding to thwart the development of Nigeria.
He maintained that such conspiracy has resulted in series of socio-economic problems that have degenerated to full-fledged crisis, especially religious conflict, which necessitated sudden migration by many productive Nigerians overseas.
Akande, who spoke at the unveiling of Karele Oodua Logo and Investiture of Karele Oodua Ambassadors organised by the Osun State Ministry of Home Affairs, Culture, Tourism and Environment, posited that the level of insensitivity exhibited by many of the past leaders brought Nigeria to present state of economic woes and political instability.
According to him: “The consequences of all these corrupt actions of our Yoruba leaders in collaboration with other greedy and corrupt Nigerian leaders is the total crash of the Nigerian economy which gave rise to the present urban and rural slums and infrastructural decay together with its accompanied various criminals ravaging our society today.
“The emphasis of the economic destruction have resulted in more migration of most Nigerian Youths into most ugly exile to the diaspora since the beginning of this century.
“Each community has its criminals. It is a fraudulent and ungodly tradition to join the corrupt North and East of Nigeria in throwing Nigeria into an economic perdition and begin to call on those of us who are innocent to give chorus to your songs in blaming the criminal consequences on a particular religion or ethnicity.
“They assisted in annulling Abiola’s election out of the Presidency of Nigeria. Since the beginning of this Republic, the same leaders, for reasons of greed and self aggrandizement, cringed to the north and the East for political influence to continue to depress and degrade the authentic aspirations of the Yoruba people with a sermon that the Yoruba should join the mainstream politics of Nigeria.”
The former Osun governor however commended efforts of government in the state in its quest of giving attention to Yoruba descendants in the diaspora.
The Governor of Osun, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, who was represented by his Deputy, Mr Gboyega Alabi, reiterated the resolve of his administration to continue to promote culture and enact policies that would make the state the Tourism hub of the country.