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Obasanjo: ‘Yorubas have no leader,’ Ex-President says

Obasanjo said further that even among the Yoruba monarchs “there is equality, but mutual respect.”

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Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo has said that no individual can be considered as the leader of the Yoruba tribe.

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo play

Chief Olusegun Obasanjo

(Bella Naija)

 

Obasanjo said further that even among the Yoruba monarchs “there is equality, but mutual respect.”

Nigeria's former president, Olusegun Obasanjo. play

Nigeria's former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.

(Daily Mail)

 

The former President made the comment in his autobiography, “My Watch: Political and Public Affairs,” under the heading “Nigerianness and Yorubanness.”

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At the launch of Olusegun Obasanjo "My Watch"

(Naija Gists)

 

Obasanjo said:

“Just as there was no single oba having sovereignty over the whole of Yorubaland, there was no individual as leader of the Yorubas in Yorubaland. As it was then, it remains till now.”

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General Olusegun Obasanjo

(Africa Progress Panel)

 

The former President also spoke on the need for Nigerians to see each other as one.

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo. play

Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo.

(Politicoscope)

 

 “If a person is born in the Yoruba, Igbo, Nupe tribes, it is important that he tries and grows up as a Nigerian with total commitment to Nigeria. I have always believed that the interest of any Nigerian tribe can best be met and served when the national interests are served and not outside it,” Obasanjo said.

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