We’re in a big hole as a nation —Former Minister, TY Danjuma


A former Minister of Defence, Lt. Gen. T.Y. Danjuma (retd.) has warned that in Yoruba-land, everyone seems to have lost their voice in terms of speaking against “governance collapse.”

He also warned that the nation was “in a big hole,” stressing the need for everyone to wake up.

Danjuma, alongside other dignitaries, spoke on Thursday at the launch of a book by the Nigerian Tribune, entitled, ‘70 Years of Progressive Journalism,’ at the International Conference Centre, University of Ibadan.

Speaking at the occasion, Danjuma said, “In Yoruba-land, “People appear not to care about what is happening.“If I tell you what I know that is happening in Nigeria today, you will no longer sleep.”

Before Danjuma delivered his speech, Afenifere chieftain, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, had observed that Yoruba-land was in danger, urging the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, to lead the crusade for the liberation of Yoruba-land.

On the strength of Pa Adebanjo’s speech, Danjuma, who was Chief of Army Staff from July 1975 to October 1979, added, “So, Chief Ayo Adebanjo’s warning and advice is very timely.

“If you want details, I will give it to you privately. We are in a big hole as a nation. “And people who put us in this hole have continued today. So, we have to wake up.”

Continuing, the octogenarian billionaire warned, “Only we can save ourselves. The fifth columnist activities going on among your people are not helping matters.

“May Almighty God continue to bless this country. But only we can save ourselves from ourselves.”

In her opening remarks, chairman of the Nigerian Tribune, Dr. Olatokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, eulogized her late father, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, for his vision; and her late mother, Chief HID Awolowo, for establishing the newspaper in 1949 with the aim of making it “a leader in courage, an exemplar in forthrightness and a paragon of beauty in page layout and in the use of language.”

In attendance on the occasion were Emeritus Prof. Oladipo Akinkugbe;  Group Managing Director of Odu’a Investment Company Limited, Mr. Adewale Raji; Basorun Kola Daisi; leader of the Afenifere socio-cultural group, Pa Reuben Fasoranti; a former governor of Ogun State, Otunba Gbenga Daniel; Pa Michael Koleoso and Dr Alex Anozie.

Also at the event, which was chaired by Chief Afe Babalola (SAN), represented by Prof. A. Olowu, was the Chairman of African Newspapers of Nigeria, Dr. Olatokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, and the MD/EIC of the Tribune titles, Mr. Edward Dickson, among many other dignitaries.