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Yoruba leaders are not proactively committed to Odua Nation emergence, says Islamic cleric

Segun Showunmi in Ibadan

,The Founder and Spiritual Head of Shafaudeen in Islam Worldwide, Prof. Sabit Olagoke has said that Yoruba leaders are not yet ready for self independence, urging agitators for Yoruba Nation to thread softly until people in the region speak with one voice and remain united.

Penpushing reports that Olagoke, a Professor of Mechanical Engineering while speaking with journalists at the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Oyo State Council stated that body language of some Yoruba leaders showed  clearly and indicated that they were not ready for the struggle ahead towards actualisation of the self determination.

The former Dean, School of Engineering, Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro, Ogun State urged those behind the agitation to go and study the agenda of Brexit and study how Britain was able to come out of the union successfully after many years, attributing problems facing Nigeria to rise in ethnic agitation, absence of justice and inequity among others.

Penpushing further reports that the Islamic scholar maintained that the only way to sustained development in Nigeria is by justice and equity which he described as bedrock for true democracy, lamenting the rate of insecurity in the country, adding that most of the uneducated youths have become armed bandits, kidnappers and killer herdsmen because of hunger and poverty.

“Nigerian government has failed to fund the education sector, education in Nigeria is not functional. You can’t give what you don’t have. UNESCO says you must allocate 22 percent to fund education. But the profile data we have in the last 15 years is 5percent, 7percent, 10 percent maximum. However, in Ghana, the data showed that about 32 percent were allocated to education and that has been so for the past 15 years’, the Islamic cleric said.

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