Declaring Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn illegal is the end of an Illusion.
In 1966, Bob Fitch and Mary Oppenheimer decided to answer the question “What went wrong in Ghana” after the fall of Dr. Kwame Nkrumah’s government. The title of their book is; “The End of An Illusion”. It is a fitting description to what the declaration of Àmọ̀tẹ́kùn as illegal by the Nigerian Attorney General is. Under the current suffocating leadership, there is no crucial distinction between ethical goals and vulgar pragmatism, between genuine development and developmental patchwork, between reality and imagination. Power is nakedly abused, vested in sections, factions and defined in fiction by day traders who are totally transactional.
The kid gloves are off! The eternal question is; ” What is to be done?” The Yorubas have outlived their usefulness in this present coalition. We have been weakened, riveted with fifth columns and unfocused. There is no pivotal figure to act as a rallying point and no media to plead its cause. The present “leadership” has clearly exhausted the limits of its possibilities. No unifying train of thought. Who will rally the Yoruba? This is not a time for emotion. It is a wake up call and a time for strategic thinking.
Unlike in 1953 when Yoruba ministers resigned enmasse to protest the rejection of a motion. Just a motion! Time to go and think. Time to expose the enemies within; those who are Yoruba only for our votes, those who put our lives, property and livelihood at risk and those who undermine our food security for money and power.
I recall the slogan on the gates of The Sorbonne in 1968: “God is dead, Marx is dead, and I am not feeling all that well myself”. Time to go back to the drawing board”. Onward! We will pick ourselves up!