THE National Leader of the pan-Yoruba socio-political association, Afenifere, Pa Reuben Fasoranti, has stepped down as the leader of the association.
The 95-year-old elder statesman cited old age as the major reason for his decision.
To this end, Fasoranti named the former deputy leader of the group, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, as the acting national leader, while the former financial secretary of the group, Oba Oladipo Olaitan, the Alaago of Kajola Ago, Atakumosa East Council Area, Ilesa, Osun State, was named the group’s deputy leader.
Fasoranti was made the leader of the group in year 2008
The nonagenarian, who made his decision during the association’s monthly meeting held in Akure, the Ondo state capital.
He said, “As the group needs more than ever before to have an improved organisation with more effective approach to combat the monstrous invasion of our culture and pride as a people, only a more alike and active leadership can achieve this. At 95, I am hardly able to provide such and so, it is time for me to step aside.
“At this juncture, I am proud to announce Chief Ayo Adebanjo, a politician of the Awolowo school of thought as acting leader of Afenifere and His Royal Highness, Oba Oladipo Olaitan, the Alaago of Kajola Ago in Atakumosa East Local Government Area of Osun State as the Deputy Leader.”
At the end of the meeting, the group issued a communiqué, which was read by a chieftain of the association, Chief Korede Duyile.
In the communiqué, the group urged the governors of the South-West to equip the states’ security outfit, the Amotekun Corps to enable the Corps to carry out its operations of protecting the people of the region effectively.
The group also emphasized the need for the creation of a state police following the spate of insecurity in the country.