Minister of Interior Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has shot down sectional view that he is the composer of the Yoruba nation’s anthem.
Aregbesola made this clarification on Thursday at the presentation of an award to him by a group, Yoruba Heritage Group in partnership with the Ondo State Ministry of Culture And Tourism held in Akure.
Speaking at the programme tagged, Ipate Asa, said the singing of Yoruba anthem instead of that of the nation at official events during his time as Osun governor made some persons believed it originated from him.
Rather, the minister said Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo composed the song, adding that he ran with it because he was hurriedly sworn in as governor.
His word, “I am not the real composer of the Yoruba anthem. It was Late Chief Obafemi Awolowo who wrote the song in 1978 when he created UPN. He then called on Late Hubert Ogunde to help add melody and tunes to the song.
“When I became governor, my swearing-in ceremony was done in a haste. The court ordered my victory on Friday and stated that I must be sworn in before noon the following day, Saturday, November 27th.
“So my swearing-in ceremony was done hastily but I still insisted that the Yoruba anthem must be recited before I was sworn in. It means we know the importance and the essence of the anthem. For those who have intelligence, they would understand that the anthem was a pointer to our direction as a Yoruba race.”