Fresh Crisis Hits Pan-Yoruba Group, Afenifere As Leader Fasoranti Resigns…Says Group Has Derailed
A fresh crisis seems to be tearing Pan Yoruba socio-cultural organization, Afenifere apart again as its leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti yesterday announced his resignation as the leader of the organization. He attributed his decision to alleged disloyalty among members of the apex Yoruba cultural organization. The resignation, according to Fasoranti takes immidiate effect.
Fasoranti who became the leader of Afenifere after the death of Chief Abraham Adesanya said in a statement he personally signed that he has ceased to be the Leader of the foremost Yoruba organization. After his emergence, a faction of the group supported by former Lagos governor, Bola Tinubu broke away and till date operates as Afenifere Renewal Group, ARG
In the letter addressed to the Secretary General of the organization, Chief Seinde Arogbofa and copied other leaders of the group including Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Sir Lanihun Ajayi, Chief Olu Falae, Chief Supo Sonibare and all the state Chairmen of the organization, the elder statesman alleged that some members of the organization are not loyal.
The letter reads in part “our organization, Afenifere was formed in 1951 under the leadership of our leader; Chief Obafemi Awolowo. The organization was formed to serve as an umbrella to be used to actualize the dream of a great nation and the Yoruba race.
“Over the years, Yorubas have tried to focus on a common goal. Chief Awolowo tried to ensure the oneness of our people with a lot of efforts notwithstanding the challenges he faced in the process. Unfortunately, he passed on without actualising this dream.
“I joined Afenifere from inception with the following leaders of our race, Pa Onasanya, Alhaji Ganiyu Daodu, Pa Abraham Adesanya, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Sir Olanihun Ajayi, Chief Sam Sonibare, Chief Bola Ige, Chief Wunmi Adegbonmire and so on.
“The mantle of leadership fell on Late Pa Adekunle Ajasin and subsequently Pa Adesanya and then my humble self. As events have been unfolding in the past few years, the focus and goals of the founding fathers of our great organization ‘Afenifere’ were gradually eroded.
“This therefore made it herculian task for our members to work in unity. Several efforts were made to ensure the actualization of the Afenefere goals, but it appeared that we have not succeeded in achieving this. This is basically due to reasons best known to our members individually.
“Let me state clearly that the issue of adoption of the National Confab report had always been the focus and goal of our people in Afenifere even long before the National Confab was set up. The support of a leader who promised to implement this report was therefore not a mistake and inevitable despite all public insinuations.
“Considering my age, efforts and selfless dedication to my country, my state (Ondo), my political parties, my past leaders and my members in Afenifere both in Nigeria and in diaspora, I hereby wish to inform you all that I have decided to step aside as leader of our great organization Afenifere.”