Yoruba sons and daughters in the Diaspora, under the Oodua Progressives Union (OPU), have been urged to get involved in activities of nation building.
Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Aremu Gbadebo made the call on Thursday when members of OPU paid a courtesy visit to the Monarch in preparation for the 2018 OPU World Congress in Abeokuta, Ogun state.
Oba Gbadebo, praised the efforts of the Convener, Aare Onakakanfo of Yoruba land, Aare Gani Adams, for the laudable initiatives, describing him as a bold, courageous and reliable son of the Yorubaland.
The Egba monarch, who is also the permanent chairman, Egba council of obas, said he was happy to see the progress made so far by the OPC leader in all areas, particularly, on his commitments, by using the various platforms under his leadership to promote the culture, traditions and the unity of Yorubaland.
“Your new status as the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland was never by accident, it was generally accepted by all Yoruba Obas and leaders because of your boldness, courage and commitment to the unity and progress of the Yorubaland. On this note, I therefore, charge all members of the OPU to see themselves as ambassadors of this great nation, wherever you are in any parts of the world, have it mind that you should come and do great things in Nigeria”, Oba Gbadebo later prayed for all members of the group.
Expressing great appreciation to the Egba monarch for the prayers, Aare Adams, said the group is presently in 79 countries, across the world, adding that members of OPU have good intentions to help promote the cultural heritage of the Yorubas. He noted also that this year edition of the world congress is the fourth in the series, and it is meant to bring all Yoruba sons and daughters of the race abroad together under one umbrella for networking and economic development of Yorubaland.
” I am of the conviction that OPU is now a formidable force across the world, And I believe strongly that all our members will always champion the cause and ideals of our great organization.”, he said.
In his keynote lecture, Dr.Soji Aderemi Fajenyo, of the department of Yoruba, Federal College of Education, Abeokuta, spoke on unity and restructuring as a way of ensuring progress in Nigeria and Yoruba in particular. He said for Nigeria to make any meaningful progress, there should be unity among the citizenry, and that could be possible if the nation is restructured alongside our traditions and culture.” he also urged members of the group to continue in their efforts to promote Yoruba language, as a way of advancing the identities of the Yoruba race.
Other speakers at the event include, Chief Ayinla Oke, who stood in for the Egba monarch, the Secretary General, OPU Worldwide, Prince Lanre Sunmonu, Coordinator OPU Europe, Chief Victor Mobolaji Adewale, Chief Mark Oyetunde, Chairman, 2018 World Congress, Mr Shola Agboola,Cordinator OPU North America, Mr Segun Ogunpitan, Coordinator OPU in all African countries, and other prominent members.