From Lateef Dada, Osogbo
A traditional ruler in Osun State, the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi, has urged Yoruba leaders and politicians to forgive each other in the interest of the race.
The monarch in a statement by his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem, on Monday, said the appeal become necessary to have a united Yoruba house ahead of 2023 general election.
He advised notable Yoruba leaders, stakeholders and politicians to forgive each other and harmonize their interest to have a colourful outing in favour of Southern presidential candidate.
Oluwo called on the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to approach all aggrieved Yoruba leaders and politicians for genuine reconciliation and compromise, saying such will make the contest a free ride and avert previous experience by the Yorubas.
“I call on Yoruba leaders, stakeholders and politicians to write a new history of hope, brighter future and positive promises by forgiving each other. Without forgiveness, relationships will not give birth to promising children.
“The late sage, Obafemi Awol relationships with the late business tycoon, Moshood Kasimawo Abiola made a trial and won democracy for us. The same mistake must not be repeated again. This is not about Political party. It is natural to offend each other but divined to forgive”
“The chance of one of us becoming the President of Nigeria is bright and promising. He might have offended you just as you might have offended him. Let’s heal the wound of enemity to move on and faster. This is the last chance should we want our children to forgive us”
“I enjoin the APC Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to approach the aggrieved Yoruba leaders, stakeholders and politicians for genuine reconciliation and harmonization. The sacrifice is for all of us to make. The move should cut across party lines. This is a collective project to sustain the unity of Nigeria. It should jump political party affiliation.
“The candidate is experienced, promising and virile to govern Nigeria on merit. He is a pride to Nigeria who must be encouraged by people of all strata to further display his administrative prowess as done when he was the governor of Lagos State,” Oluwo added.