It's a shame that the Southwest has chosen to feed on crumbs from the tables of illiterates — Oba Adeyemi

The Southwest has been accused of self debasement.

Friday, December 20, 2019

/ by National Pivot
President Muhammadu Buhari (Left) with Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi (Right), in 2016/Credit, Vanguard
Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, the Alaafin of Oyo, has said the many challenges facing the country is not unconnected to the kind of people occupying the highest offices in the country. He wondered why anyone would be surprised that the country hasn't made any meaningful progress when all we could boast of, at the top, is a bunch of illiterates.

Oba Adeyemi who made the statement on Thursday, at a book presentation marking the 70th anniversary of the Nigerian Tribune, added that the Southwest was well conditioned to be far ahead of other regions in the country academically and politically, but chose to play the dog who feeds on crumbs from beneath the tables of illiterates.

He said, "In the whole of Nigeria when Awolowo started his free primary education, we felt it would not work. He started it. Two to three years after he started it, he appointed Taiwo to head for the review of the proposal and he came out with the position that in the next 30 to 40 years, the Western Region will be 60 years ahead of other areas in education.

“And that demography, you study people like Professor Akinkugbe, who were their doctors, surgeons, they produced a sector of Obafemi Awolowo University by the Action Group government in 1963-64. If you pass out of primary school, you go to Teacher Training College and if you pass out, you would be given automatic admission to University. That was the reason they established the University of Ife.

“Then we had Agent General United Kingdom catering for the welfare of Western Nigerian students. They go to the school and when they returned, they had jobs already waiting for them."

He also said that late Chief Obafemi Awolowo emphasized the need to educate the people otherwise, 'the Almanjiri will become bandits.'

Speaking further, he said while in S'West there's no index of people who are out of school, the same isn't true of the North.

"Just three days ago, Governor Ganduje said that Kano has the largest number of out of school children," he said.

“How can we have stability in the country when half of the country are governed by illiterates? When banditry has taken over the governance? Surely there cannot be peace in the country.

"Today, in Zamfara and Yobe, the governments are now subjected to banditry. And they are exchanging these bandits, giving them money. How can you give bandits money?

"And tell me, Editors are here. When you said you have technically defeated Boko Haram, what is the technicality in defeat?"

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