Ooni described the activities of some Yoruba socio-cultural groups in the country with various political interest groups as antithetical to the interest of the Yoruba race.
His feeling was conveyed in a message sent to the meeting of the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) in Osogbo.
The monarch stated that the groups, though expected to be apolitical, have become partisans with their activities.
His word: “These groups are supposed to be apolitical. Partisan politics must not be at the forefront of their will power to find solution to the problems of the Yoruba. While every Yoruba man, woman and child has the constitutional rights to hold on to any political persuasion of his choice, concerted efforts, and all resources must be pulled together for the general benefit and the general advantage of our people”.
His concern, “we are very lucky in this part of Nigeria that we have vibrant and purposeful groups like this whose objectives remains the appropriate positioning of our race in the National scheme of things. “One tendency is capable of sadden an average Yoruba man about the activities of these groups. It is the very evident temptation of working at cross purposes.”
Oba Sijuwade urged the Afenifere, Yoruba Council of Elders, the Odua Peoples Congress (OPC), Odua Progressives and other Yoruba interest groups must not see one another as enemies or bodies absolutely working independent of one another.
YCE Coordinator in Osun State, Chief Olufemi Omotara in his address described the coming together of the elders as the best thing to have happened to the Yoruba race.
He stressed that the younger generation is looking forward to the elders for total emancipation of the people as well as advice on policy and political direction.