Prominent Yoruba leaders have flayed comments attributed to Ijaw national leader, Chief Edwin Clark that the Yoruba people have not had a leader since the demise of former Premier of Western Region, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, and a former Ondo State Governor, Pa Adekunle Ajasin.
Clark made this known on Wednesday when the Federal Capital Territory chapter of South-South community leaders, chiefs and elders visited him at his residence in Abuja.
But a chieftain of pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, yesterday in Lagos said that it was difficult to believe that Clark could make such a remark.
“I am very disappointed that Edwin Clark could make such a statement. It is an unfortunate statement from him. We have a leader, if they don’t recognize him, that is another thing but in all I am very disappointed”, Adebanjo said.
Also reacting to Clark’s comment, Publicity Secretary of Afenifere, Yinka Odumakin, said “Chief Clark might have been right to some extent. Yoruba have not pronounced a solitary leader after the death of Senator Pa Adesanya who represents the true aspiration of the people. As per those he said are purchasable, it is left for them to dispute that they have never offered themselves as commodities”.