The Aare Ona Kakanfo of Yoruba land, Gani Adams, has described Lagos State Governor Akinwunmi Ambode as a foremost patriot “who will continue to receive the blessings of Yoruba leaders for his promotion of our language and culture”.
Adams, who was referring to last Thursday’s signing by Ambode of the Yoruba Promotion Bill into law ‘Yoruba Language Preservation and Promotion Law’.
He said: “Any country or state that forgets its language will eventually forget its culture and such a political entity will soon become extinct. I thank Governor Ambode for proving that he is, indeed, a true son of Yoruba land.
“For what Governor Ambode has just done, the gods of our land will continue to bless him and I am sure all our traditional rulers will also pray for him for promoting our language and culture.”
In a statement by his Special Adviser, Events and Strategy, Gbobaniyi Femi Davies, the Aare Ona Kakanfo described the action of the governor as “historic”.
Last Thursday, Ambode, at the signing ceremony, declared that the law would make it mandatory for pupils in Lagos State to be admitted “into any of our tertiary institutions with a credit in Yoruba language and Yoruba will now become a major requirement for you to engage in normal business communication in Lagos State”.