The report by a newspaper (Nigerian Compass) that the Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, is down with cancer is a complete falsehood.
Governor Aregbesola is in Saudi Arabia where he is performing the lesser hajj, Umrah, and will return at the end of the programme.
Governor Aregbesola has never hidden his state of health. He made it public after the general elections in May this year that he needed medical rest and proceeded to observe the rest for two weeks abroad. He returned to the state to energetically resume his functions of office. He has been in company of family, aides friends and members of the public who can attest to his convivial mien and glowing spirit.
It is therefore most uncharitable to allege that he has cancer. The hallmark of responsible journalism is to follow the truth and report facts, not fiction. It is generally accepted in all cultures as evil to bear a false tale on the state of another man’s health. It amounts to playing God. It is a most egregious invasion of privacy in the devilish attempt to create confusion in the minds of the public.
This latest attempt by the Nigerian Compass to bear evil report on the state of the governor’s health is part of the orchestrated campaign by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), using a discredited section of the media. Reporting on health matter is not and has never been a subject of speculation. This must be fact-backed with an incontrovertible medical report, even if obtained from confidential sources. Of course, our speculative journalists and adversaries have no respect for truth and dishing out falsehood in order to score a cheap political point and relieve themselves of idleness has become a fair game.
It will be recalled that immediately the governor announced that his medical rest trip abroad, the PDP and it discredited media began speculating that he collapsed and had to be rushed abroad. The report turned out to be false.
Again, they attempted to make an issue out of cabinet but were profoundly shamed when the list of commissioners and advisers came out and turned out to be the best the state ever had.
They have also been going about, evidently out of idleness, to rubbish the creation of 20,000 jobs through the OYES, but the scheme turns out to be a phenomenal success.
Given that the PDP has earned notoriety for being a nest of killers, the party’s death wish on Governor Aregbesola is a Freudian slip and true to type of their apt description by Prof Wole Soyinka.
Governor Aregbesola is undaunted by the campaign of calumny against his high flying and well-acclaimed administration. He is totally dedicated to the cause of his people, in or out of town. The report of ill-health is no doubt the handiwork of mischief makers and should be shunned in its entirety.
Director, Bureau of Communications & Strategy,
Office of the Governor,
Osogbo, Osun State