Mr Ojo Madueke who is Nigeria’s Ambassador to Canada has recently asserted that the Yorubas are the most enlightened, knowledgeable and experienced people in all the tribes of Nigeria.
The Ambassador while speaking in a gathering of Nigerians in Canada during an event organized by the Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG) made it known that Yoruba people are the most sophisticated Nigerians.
Mr. Madueke, explained that although his expression contradicts his ”Igboness”, it has been a phenomenon that Nigeria benefits immensely only when the Yoruba are fully involved in governance, adding that as a former officer of the Biafra army, he knew what he was talking about.
However, when the guest lecturer at the event, Professor Jacob Olupona, put it to the Ambassador and former Foreign Minister that why did President Goodluck Jonathan not include any Yoruba in the top seven most important cabinet positions, if truly Yoruba people are of great importance. The former Foreign Minister returned to the podium to explain the sophistication of the Yoruba. He said that the President has all the ethnic groups well represented in his cabinet, but would not talk further on the issue.
Mr. Madueke also explained that the Igbo tribe is eating from the negative outcome of the 1966 coup by Nigerian army officers led by Major Kaduna Nzeogwu which recorded the death of Igbos, not minding the fact that the coup-plotters did not consult with the Igbos before embarking on the killings of certain post-independence leaders.
However, another speaker at the event, Omoyele Sowore, a Sahara Reporters official implored many at the event not to take the Ambassador’s ‘flattering of the Yoruba tribe’ as a compliment. He disabused the minds of many at the event saying that if the former PDP National Secretary’s remarks were more than mere flattery, he and his People’s Democratic Party (PDP), would not spend so much energy and effort to sponsor to power and prominence some of the worst Yorubas.
Mr. Sowore called the attention of the listeners at the gathering to the recent elections in Osun and Ekiti States, where he said that the candidates of the PDP were people with well-documented criminal track records.
It would be recalled that in January 2010, during a UN press conference, in which Mr. Madueke was the then Nigeria’s Foreign Minister, there was a showdown when Mr Sowore as a journalist asked Mr Madueke a question during a press conference at the United Nations in New York. The question which bothered on the Foreign minister not speaking to the ailing President Umaru Yar’Adua for over 60 days, but said said he was getting his instructions from him as he liberally travelled the world.
Here is the video if you missed it then:
So with what has transpired between Mr. Sowore and Mr. Madueke, Mr. Sowore made it known that the the Ambassadors proclamations should not be taken serious.