We are not just saying happy birthday to the symbol of the progressive thrust in the State of Osun, we are commending him for a stellar intervention in uplifting the conditions of the many in the state. Rauf Aregbesola has certainly earned himself a positive place in the pantheon of the historical sequence of our time, he has however not done so “under circumstances he would have chosen or preferred”. This is why the achievements of the administration he has headed is all the more remarkable, as irreversible gains have been made largely in a period of fiscal stress and within the constraints of a defective quasi-federalism, it has been a triumph of determination and imagination.
In wishing him great achievements ahead in continuing good health, OSUN DEFENDER has put together a compilation of thoughts highlighting the rebirth of the progressive thrust which he has spearheaded. This includes: Man Of History, by Olakunle Abimbola, The Making Of A Leader by Wale Adebisi, Rauf Aregbesola: Architect Of New Osun by Murtala Agboola, Working Like A Hurricane by….. and An Inventor Of Modern Osun by Olatunbosun Oyintiloye.
There are great birthdays ahead, what is essential is that the solid foundations laid must be built upon. The best birthday presents are those which endure, and in this way, the best gift to our Ogbeni is a continuation of a mode of governance which has made a break from an under-achieving past and put the State on the path of sustainable development.