Professor Banji Akintoye has said his agenda as Yoruba leader is to to ensure the race takes back its place of pride in Nigeria.
The historian who spoke at the palace of Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji on Tuesday, said Nigeria is declining because of her structure and the way she is being governed.
Prof. Akintoye said he initially turned down the decision to make him ‘Yoruba Leader’ but later accepted after he was challenged by the youths to put into practice all the plans and views he had written about over the years in the interest of the region.
“My agenda for the Yoruba race is simple. We are a strong nation and we have accumulated a great deal of strength in human power and in a whole lot of other things. It is not right that we should be declining with Nigeria.
“Nigeria is declining because of the way Nigeria is structured and because of the way Nigeria is governed. Even if we cannot change that, we can change our own destiny in Nigeria; that’s my agenda,” he said.
In his remarks, Oba Adetunji thanked Prof Akintoye for his acceptance to work for the progress of the Yoruba race, promising that his doors were open for consultation even at short notice.
Prof. Akintoye was accompanied by the Agbaakin Olubadan, Chief Lekan Alabi; Akogun Odu’a, Chief Tola Adeniyi and Leader of Yoruba Koya, Chief Deji Osibogun; Mr Kunle Adesokan, Mrs Ronke Akinlolu and Chief (Mrs.) Anike Obot, among others.