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Clarify your paternity, Yoruba youths charge Obasanjo

Anthonia Duru

Following statement credited to elder statesman and member of Governor’s Advisory Council (GAC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Anthony Adefuye over the paternity of former president Olusegun Obasanjo, a pressure group Yoruba Afenifere Youth Organization (YAYON), has called on the former President to come out and reveal his true identity.

In an open letter sent to the former President and obtained by our reporter on Monday, the group urged the erstwhile president to set the record straight on his ancestry.

According to the open letter signed by Eric Oluwole, National Leader of YAYON, Afefuye’s statement which gave credence to Obasanjo’s Yoruba ancestry as a maternal relation calls for serious concern.

The debate for weeks have called our attention to perhaps some stories untold or usually better put as “left unsaid/narrated”. But we vehemently reject this line of reasoning. To this end, as the issue bothers on the Yoruba Nation and its pride, we cannot but reach for a truthful conclusion to the subject matter.

Therefore, we are calling for a more investigative probe into the situation. Should it be found, that by omission or commission your identity sir differs from what previously we hold. We will yet not crucify you for it, rather let it be said that you chose to be identified with our quintessential race.

We urge you as a former president to tow the path of honour, by making vivid clarifications to this serious allegation on your paternity. We demand to know if, the former president is indeed from where he claims to have hailed from. With empirical and scientific proof. This is to help us ascertain whether at any point in the modern history of our democracy the interest of Nigeria through the Yoruba nation has ever been duly represented in the seat of power,'” YAYON states in the letter.

While making references to Obasanjo’s activities while in the office which according to members of the group puts the Yoruba nation secondary to the other region, particularly with the South East benefiting more from Obasanjo’s administration the group urged the group urges the former president to speak up so as not to distortion of history.

Adefuye in an interview recently denied the Yoruba ancestry of the Ogun-born former President.