Apt or ominous advice you may call it, but a trailblazing young lawyer Tosin Akande is now trending on Facebook with a timely advice for Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress – the new “Leader of the Yorubas” as his astounding political fortunes now bestow on him post-March 28 and April 11, 2015 elections. Akande begs Tinubu not to waste anytime in grooming his successor.
Akande has not gone the way of praise singers like Ogun State Senator-elect Buruji Kashamu or the way of sooth sayers and sycophants. Rather he weighs in the circumspection of the succession that followed Chief Obafemi Awolowo’s leadership of the Yorubas through the decades and respectfully admonishes Tinubu’s emergent headship of the Yorubas to start grooming a successor (preferably,a string of successors) in earnest because…
OPEN LETTER TO ASIWAJU BOLA TINUBU
I hope this finds its way to you. I am Tosin Akande. Kindly permit me to spare praises on you in this very brief note. Having seen all your political exploits, whoever refuses to acknowledge your praise-worthiness is like the proverbial chicken that refuses to defecate and urinate; it is entirely its palaver as the elders are wont to say.
But my worry is this… Now, that you are evidently the LEADER OF YORUBAS, both at home and in Diaspora, have you started grooming your successor? Understandably sir, you are growing older by the day thus, the urgent need to start identifying your able successor in this pan-Yoruba role that the Almighty God has bestowed on you for now.
I know some will jump at your excellent succession-records with the Lagos State government – from you to Governor Babatunde Fashola and now to Governor-elect Akinwunmi Fashola – to dispel my fear as baseless,or to even do so out of sycophantic loyalty to you.
I will be quick to point out to them (your sycophants) that Lagos State government is not the Yoruba race (home and abroad). That appears to be the difference in the times we now live in and in the past. I say this without any intent to lavish un-due praises on you, sir. The Yoruba race you now lead is not the same with the Yorubas Father Obafemi Awolowo led; not the same that Father Adekunle Ajasin led; not the same that Father Abraham Adesanya led.
Today’s Yorubas are IT-savvy and vengefully-conscious politically. In the recent past, they were indifferent to their political fate, which has cost them dearly. Sir, may it never be heard that when the inevitable happens to you (at a ripe old age, I pray), we will have no one to look up to. Should that happen, the case of the Yorubas will be worse off. When the Shepherd is struck, the sheep will scatters, sir. May that not be our case. I thank you for finding time to read this. God bless the black race and all mankind!
AKANDE is a Parliamentary Counsel at the National Assembly of Nigeria in Abuja. He is the author of ‘Let’s Paulse A Little’, a Christian treatise; a public speaker, social analyst, gospel preacher and youth activist. He is married with children.