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CYE commends S’West Govs on adoption of Yoruba Anthem

The Yoruba socio-cultural group, Council of Yoruba Elders (CYE), has commended all the six governors of the South-West states over their commitment to the development of their motherland through adoption of Yoruba Anthem.

The Council in a communiqué issued and signed by its Secretary General, Dr Victor Taiwo, therefore urged the governors who met in Lagos on Tuesday to further ensure the entrenchment of the anthem by making it mandatory in all primary and secondary schools in the South West as well as in all formal gatherings – social and political. Pleading that the individual South-West states’ anthems be dropped in favour of the anthem: “Ise Wa Fun Ile Wa”, CYE which met in Ibadan on Thursday, noted that the song, was reportedly composed by the revered Nigerian statesman, late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, and it revealed the themes of hard work, dedication to the homeland, and progress. “It stressed that its adoption as an anthem suggests a desire by the South-West governors to foster a sense of shared identity and purpose among the Yoruba people.”

The statement reads: “We observed that all the six governors of the South-West geo-political zone were in attendance. “This is commendable as presence is the first sign of commitment. We urge the governors to continue on this trajectory to show our people a good example of brotherhood and commitment to the well-being of the motherland.

“The adoption of a common anthem for Yorubaland – Ise Wa Fun Ile Wa – is most commendable. It signals a rallying point and the promise of a rebirth. “The Council urged the governors to further ensure the entrenchment of the anthem by making it mandatory in all primary and secondary schools in the South-West as well as in all formal gatherings – social and political. “The Council urged that individual South-West states’ anthems be dropped in favour of Ise Wa Fun Ile Wa.”

CYE noted with delight the push by the South-West caucus of the House of Representatives for the South-West Development Commission Bill. It joined the governors in looking forward to its speedy passage. The Council also noted the unanimity of the South-West governors on the desirability of State Police and regional collaboration on Agriculture to ensure food security in Yorubaland.

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