Yoruba youths allege marginalisation

BY Gbenga Ariyibi

Ado-Ekiti—YORUBA youths, operating under the umbrella of Coalition of Yoruba Youths, CYY, has decried perceived marginalisation of the people of the South-West geo-political zone in the current political dispensation.

CYY however, urged the youths in the zone to shun all forms of violence and any move that would compromise the peace and progress of the country, saying “we all know development cannot be attained in an atmosphere of violence, killing and mayhem.”

The group called on President Goodluck Jonathan to correct the imbalance in the interest of the country.

Speaking with the newsmen in Ado-Ekiti, CYY’s national chairman, Wale Ayeni, and the National Director of Publicity, Niyi Ojo, faulted a situation in which the top five political positions in the country had no Yoruba man or woman.

It lamented that the position of speakership of the House of Representatives ought to have been zoned to the region, but regretted that the post was now held by someone from the North-West zone.

According to CYY group, President Jonathan must rise to the challenge of correcting the imbalance if only to prove that he was a president of all Nigerians irrespective of tribe or religion.

They said: “We as national officers of the group with membership from all the six states in the region, are opposed to the present situation in which the Yoruba cannot be found in the top 20 positions in the country.

“Although we would be launching the group officially in May, we are bound to voice our concerns regarding the situation. It is worrisome and we believe President Jonathan can help us correct it.

“We are not opposed to any section, group or association. Whether Ibo, Arewa or the Ijaw, we hold every other race as brothers and supporters in the development of the country. We even see other ethnic groups as partners in what we are demanding.”

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