By Rebecca Akinkanju
With the 2019 general elections few months away, the Secretary General of the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), Dr. Kunle Olajide has tasked the electorate to extract meaningful commitments from elective office seekers before they go to the polls.
Olajide said leading Presidential aspirants like President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) must be interrogated and commitments extracted from them on ranging controversies like the restructuring and other sundry national issues confronting the nation and various ethnic nationalities.
Olajide said doing so, would make the leaders to be alive to their responsibilities and understand the basic facts that Nigerians can no longer be taken for a ride.
He spoke at a lecture organised by a sociopolitical organization, the Oyo State Consultative Group (OCG), as part of activities marking Nigeria’s 58th Independence Anniversary and the nation’s preparedness for the 2019 general elections.
Speaking on the topic “Is there any hope for Nigeria again?” Olajide said there was still hope for the country only if Nigerians are ready to take their destinies in their own hands.
According to him, Nigerians should not fold their arms. We have to buckle up and do needful by ensuring that we elect those who know where shoe pinches us. Whoever we want to follow must write an undertaking and we should also look at his or her antecedents from their immediate community or environment.
“Political parties are the same but the operators are not the same in characters. Inspite of this, there are some people who still have the traits of Omoluabi; interest of the people at heart. So there is hope for Nigeria if we take the right decision,” Olajide added.
In his brief comment, the Chairman, of the Community Development Council (CDC) in Ibadanland, Alhaji Fatai Oloyede commended the organisers of the event.