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YPF Urges Southern Govs To Immortalise Akeredolu



YPF Urges Southern Govs To Immortalise Akeredolu

-Says His Indelible Imprints ‘Ii Live Forever

A renowned socio-political group, Yoruba Progressives Forum (YPF), has called on the Southern Governors to immortalise the late Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as a mark of honour for his sterling contributions to the democratic sustainability, promotion of unity, peace and oneness in southern Nigeria in particular and the entire country in general.

The Forum, noted that the name of the deceased must be indelibly written in the sands of time for the memory of the current and incoming generations, and the world to further appreciate the traits of truthfulness, diligence, sincerity and unwavering commitment to unity and oneness of Nigeria and its democratic sustainability.

The YPF National Coordinator, Alhaji Lateef Olalekan made the statements while speaking to journalists, shortly after members of the Forum paid a condolence visit to the wife, children and other members of the bereaved family in Ibadan, Oyo state.

Recall that the news of the demise of the late Governor went into the airways last year’s December, after a protracted illness.

The YPF described the death of the late Governor as a heavy blow and colossus loss to the people of Owo and Ondo state in particular, Yoruba nation and Nigeria in general.

Olalekan further expressed sadness in the passage of the Governor saying the country has lost a courageous, ebullient, resilient, committed, dedicated and an unrepentant crusader of socioeconomic and political justice, whose substantial part of life was used to serve God and humanity.

Describing the late Akeredolu as an ‘Angel’ in human garment, the YPF National Coordinator, affirmed that, history would forever remember him for all his good deeds particularly for championing a cause that led to the return of power to southern Nigeria after the expiration of the tenure of the erstwhile president Muhammadu Buhari.

Justifying the position of the Forum for the 17 Southern Governors to urgently immortalise the late Governor, Olalekan pointed out that the efforts of the late Governor in using his position not only as a Governor then but as a Chairman of the Southwestern Governors’ Forum in promoting unity, peace, harmonious relationship, and above all, in sustaining national democracy, was enough to accord him the honour.

Olalekan added that the battle fought by the late Governor in company of like mind colleagues has today rekindled the hopes of Nigerians to the democratic sustainability, unity of purpose and as well helped to further entrench the practice of ‘zoning’ of the presidency between the Northern and Southern Nigeria.

“There’s no doubt that late Akeredolu was a brave politician, unrepentant crusader of social justice and a legal icon whose repository of knowledge spanning decades was used to serve humanity.

“I can say it for a fact that, the late Governor was a ‘God’s sent and an angel’ in human look who was used by God to rescue the southerners from the scourge of banditry, criminality, kidnapping and possible insurgency when it was at the peak of it. Akeredolu used his braveness to confront the power-that-be to end possible insurgency in the southwest which was later culminated into the formation of the local security outfit popularly called ‘Amotekun’.

“Also, his contributions to national integration, growth and development can never be overemphasized as he stood his ground and used his roared voice to ensure that the power was returned to the southern Nigeria even in the face of palpable nepotism and threats.

“So, it is high time for the Governors in the entire south to bestow immortality on the deceased as a beckon of hope to those that are aspiring to carve a niche for themselves in their various endeavours.

“While we pray God for the repose of his soul, we equally beseech God to grant the wife, children and other members of the family the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss”, he added.