Yoruba Council of Elders suspends secretary

Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan


Members of the Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE) have suspended the Council’s Secretary-General, Dr. Kunle Olajide, indefinitely.

The suspension, which brought a new twist to the crisis rocking the Council, was part of the decisions taken at the YCE Joint Meeting of Senior Elders’ Forum and Chairmen of State Chapters, which held at the Council’s National Secretariat, Old Bodija, Ibadan.

In the communique issued and signed by the President of the Council, Dansaaki Col. Sam Ade Agbede (Rtd) after the meeting, Olajide was suspended for “reasons of gross misconduct and insubordination”, and was urged “to surrender all the Council’s property and documents in his custody to the President immediately.”

The meeting also resolved that Comrade Sam Agbetuyi should, with immediate effect, take up the position of Assistant Secretary-General 1 for the Council, in an acting capacity.

At the meeting, a vote of confidence was unanimously passed on Dansaaki Agbede as the President of the Council, also known as ‘Egbe Igbimo Agba Yoruba’.

The Communique also recognised the attendance and participation of the YCE at the Southwest Security Summit held earlier in the week, where the Council gave a position paper.

Some of the elders present, alongside the President, at the meeting where the decisions were taken included, Chiefs Mike Omoleye, Jibade Oyekan, Adegboye Onigbinde and Anthony Meraiyebu. Also in attendance were: Dr. Rasaki Shiyanbola, Prof. Adetoun Ogunsheye, Barr. Akin Akinremi and Com. Sam Agbetuyi.