A part of the unfolding tragedy of Nigeria is that a man like the Okuku-born Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola joined the Nigerian Army at the wrong time. Had he joined before the de-professionalisation of the force, he would have been a better man and the course of Osun State’s contemporary history would have been altered for the better.
Unfortunately, Oyinlola joined the army at a time when coups, countercoups as well as intrigues had destroyed the professional ethos. This is why Oyinlola cannot be described as an ‘officer and gentleman’.
Not only did he not imbibe the fine social comportment expected of the officer class, he did not learn anything of use professionally either. For example, an immersion into the military ethos would have given him the necessary induction into organizational methods and the deployment of administrative skills.
Oyinlola’s glaring lack of administrative skills coupled with his legendary laziness is precisely why his incursion into administration has been so disastrous. In Lagos State as military administrator, he was a disaster. In Osun State, he is worse. If the man cannot play the part in well endowed Lagos State, what on earth was he expected to do in Osun.
Mercifully, the Court of Appeal is pointing to the exit door, for an end to an inglorious interlude in Osun State affairs. It will soon be curtains up for Oyinlola and his crowd of interlopers, hustlers and opportunists. Of course, the long suffering people of Osun State will have no qualms in saying good riddance to bad rubbish. If he had been trained as an officer and gentleman, Oyinlola would have gracefully accepted defeat. The malfeasance concocted between himself, Obasanjo, Iwu and Thomas Naron has been exposed to be a sham.
The game is up! Oyinlola should take a bow now!
You do not need to be a great lawyer to know that with the verdict of the Court of Appeal, the cards are stacked against Oyinlola at the re-trial. It will be a befitting end to an inglorious period. It is an end that all good men and true are looking forward to the end of Oyinlola’s rule. Of course, no one will miss me! The state has been turned into one vast armed camp, approximating what is effectively misrule; everything has collapsed.
Osun State under Oyinlola’s watch is a by-word for incompetence. The state is riddled with a gory litany of abandoned projects, dilapidated educational infrastructure, lack of access to healthcare and a very disgruntled citizenry. It is a far cry from the heady days of Awolowo’s rule.
As we say good riddance to Oyinlola, let us look forward to the future with hope. A new symbol of hope cometh and heralds forth a brand new day. As the widely admired Babatunde Raji Fashola has shown in Lagos State, nothing beats planning and fastidiousness. By being focused on the objective of good governance, Fashola, like Awolowo and Tinubu before, has shown emphatically that it can be done! When the admirably prepared Aregbesola takes over in Osun State, the Lagos focus will be replicated.
The people of Osun State are relieved as they see the light at the end of the tunnel. For them as a people, it has been a long day’s journey into might. Their fortitude and patience is highly commendable and will forever be held up as a worthy example of human fastidiousness at a time of adversity. Action Congress (AC) governorship candidate, Engr. Rauf Aregbesola, the symbol of the struggle has also been an outstanding example of stoicness. Unruffled in the face of intense provocation and threats to life and limb, he has shown a commendable inner resolve.
Not unlike Peter Obi in Anambra State, he has shown great resolution in bearing the burden of the ‘loneliness of the long distance runner.’ With victory in sight, we commend him, his family, supporters and the people of Osun State. It is also an auspicious time to praise the Lord, ever so constant and faithful.
Today, more than at any other time since we commenced on this journey, victory is certain!