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June 12: Why Yoruba leaders are a disgrace, by Tony Momoh

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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Prince Tony Momoh, a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and former Minister of Information has described Yoruba leaders as ‘a disgrace’.

Speaking to Independent newspaper, Mr Momoh said: “Afenifere has been a leading light in the South West and in this area. I accused them in one of those years when they were celebrating June 12 in 2005. I said that they are a disgrace.

He added: “I said there was a programmed on restructuring which they called The Yoruba Agenda. In 2005, they went to the Constitutional Conference convened by Obasanjo. In that year, I wrote ‘To Save Nigeria, Let’s Talk’. I sent 400 copies to the conference.

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“Do you know that when Afenifere leaders got there, Obasanjo as president then told the governors of the South West who were mainly PDP to forgo the Yoruba Agenda and they abandoned it.

“So, during the June 12 commemoration, Fasehun faction and Gani Adams faction usually organised events for June 12.

“I always attended the one of Gani Adams because it was more revolutionary and Gani Adams is my very good friend. So, I went there and I took along one Dr Kurfi from Katsina along.

“He was President Buhari’s right-hand man and he spoke about June 12, 1993, election and how in the North, they organised for Abiola to defeat Bashir Tofa even in his polling unit. He told the story and everybody was excited.

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“On my part, I said Yoruba leaders are a disgrace. Tunji Otegbeye was there and lots of other leaders. I said ‘you are a disgrace to those who believed in you.

“You who promoted True Federalism, they opportunity to execute it came and you went to the Conference and abandoned it. Otegbeye said they will send a message to me.

“The following day or two, three people from Afenifere came to my office in Lagos and brought me that publication, Yoruba Agenda.

“They said those who did what they did in Abuja by abandoning the agenda were not promoting the interest of the Yoruba.

“I read it and discover that it was the perfect document that will really restructure Nigeria. The agenda is the geo-political zones should develop at their own pace and then contribute 50 per centof their earnings to the Centre.

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“That is all. It is not a big thing that we cannot do. To restructure Nigeria is still possible. But it will be difficult to restructure the country when we have all these diverse problems facing us.

“You structure when you have peace. I believe it is because of the problems we have that we have not restructured the country. But I can assure you that Nigeria will be structured.”

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