Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has resigned from the group, stating that it has lost its focus.
The Octogenarian, who made this revelation when he dropped his resignation letter from his leadership position on Sunday.
According to PM News, Pa Fasoranti lamented a drift away from the body’s purpose on establishment, stating that wit the events which have been unfolding in the past few years, the focus and goals of the founding fathers of “our great organization ‘Afenifere’ were gradually eroded.”
In the letter addressed to the group’s secretary, Seinde Arogbofa, the former leader stated further: “several efforts were made to ensure the actualization of the Afenifere goals, but it appeared that we have not succeeded in achieving this. This is basically due to reasons best known to our members individually.
“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.”
While also stating a brief history of the group, Pa Fasoranti said: “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.”
Although the body suffered series of contradictions under the elder statesman, the emergence of the Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s All Progressives Congress (APC) and the anti-national conference posture of its leaders, further worsened the unity of the group.
On why the group supported former president, Goodluck Jonathan’s ambition, he said: “The support of a leader who promised to implement this report was therefore not a mistake and inevitable despite all public insinuations.”
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