Afenifere commends south-west governors on adoption of yoruba anthem

The Pan-Yoruba Socio-Cultural and Socio-Political Organization, Afenifere, has lauded the Governors of South-West Nigeria for adopting the Yoruba national anthem; ‘Ise Wa Fun Ile Wa’, noting that adoption of the anthem was a welcome development.

Penpushing reports that the commendation was contained in a statement issued by Afenifere National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Jare Ajayi, quoting leader of the group Pa Reuben Fasoranti as emphasizing that it signifies a resolve by South West governments that the region will be marching forward with unity of purpose.

Penpushing further reports that it is recalled that the Governors of the six states which comprises Ondo, Ekiti, Osun, Ogun, Lagos and Oyo, at a meeting they held in Lagos on Monday, June 10, 2024, adopted the said anthem to be sang in their respective states.

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‘Indeed, it was Chief Awolowo who composed the composition and asked Chief Hubert Ogunde, the renowned artiste to give the anthem a melody. Ogun State government, under late Chief Olabisi Onabanjo, adopted the anthem’, the statement reads.

‘Osun State did the same when Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola was governor. Late Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu followed suit by adopting it for Ondo State. This, however, was the first time that all governments in the South West Region would adopt a common anthem. The uniqueness of the anthem is not only in the exhortative words it contains but also in the fact that it is in the native language of the people, Yoruba’, the body emphasised.

Penpushing also reports that Afenifere equally commended the governors for their renewed commitment to develop Yorubaland and enhance the condition of the people of the region through the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) which they are now more determined to support.

The National Publicity of the social cultural group in same vein quoted Pa Fasoranti as urging the governors to ensure that the anthem is learnt and recited by students in all Yoruba speaking areas and beyond.

Penpushing reports that the statement expressing concern on the security situation in the country called on federal and states’ governments as well security agencies to double their efforts with a view to halting the incessant kidnapping as well as avoidable loss of lives to banditry that is now rampart.

The statement submitted with suggestions on how to bring this menace to check which include immediate establishment of state and local government police, boosting the morale of security personnel with robust remuneration and equipment as well as the deployment of modern technology to comb the country’s forests and bushes.

“It is also high time that data gathered through the registration of sim cards and National Identification Number (NIN) be utilized to track kidnappers, their hideouts, their sponsors and collaborators”, the statement stressed.

Penpushing further reports that the organization in the statement equally congratulated Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State for becoming the Chairman of South West Governors’ Forum, and prayed for his successful tenure as he leads his colleagues.

“It is a welcome development. I pray that he will succeed as he enjoys the support and cooperation of his fellow governors just as his immediate predecessor, late Governor Rotimi Akeredolu, did”, Fasoranti stated.

Penpushing also reports that Fasoranti praised the governors for having a good sense of history as he recalled that the anthem was composed by the defunct Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) under the leadership of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo

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