Pa Reuben Fasoranti Steps Down As Adebanjo Emerges As New Leader Of Afenifere
Pa Reuben Fasoranti has on Tuesday stepped down as the leader of Afenifere, a Yoruba socio-political group.
Fasoranti had been leading the group since 2008 after the demise of Abraham Adesanya, the former leader.
At a meeting of the group in Akure, Ondo state capital, the nonagenarian said there is a need for a more active leadership as age is no more on his side.
He also announced Ayo Adebanjo, a chieftain of the group, as acting leader, saying;
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.
He added that former financial secretary, Oba Oladipo Olaitan, the Alaago of Kajola Ago, Atakumosa East council area, Ilesa, Osun state would be the deputy leader of the group.
Pa. Fasoranti stated;
At this junction, 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, as the deputy leader.
In 2015, Pa Fasoranti resigned over how the “group derailed from its set goal”. He, however, later withdrew his resignation.
Pa Fasoranti has not been active for some time. It has also been a difficult period for him since the killing of his daughter, Olufunke Olakunri, in 2019.
Afenifere, since its inception, has always fought for the interest of the Yoruba people.
The group has continued to call on the federal government to restructure Nigeria, arguing that it is the only way to ensure a peaceful co-existence.