ICPC Dismisses Group’s Allegations Against Aregbesola as Baseless, Unsubstantiated

The Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offence‎s Commission (ICPC) has described the petition of the Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State against Governor Rauf Aregbesola as baseless and unsubstantiated.

ICPC, in a letter with reference number ICPC/INV/NGB/T.E2/003, addressed to the petitioner, Chairman, Civil Society Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State, which was copied to the Osun Secretary to the State Government stated that it’s investigations have not established an act contrary to the Corrupt Practices and other Related Offences Act, 2000 as none of the allegations were substantiated.

The commission stated that having diligently investigated the allegations and finding nothing against Governor Aregbesola, the allegations have been dismissed.

The Government, through the Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of the Governor, reminded Nigerians that the ICPC’s final decision was a vindication of the repeated claims by the government that the group was one of individuals hired for the purpose of tarnishing its name.

ICPC, in the letter titled, Re: Petition against Osun State Governor- Mr. Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola, for criminal and reckless mismanagement of Osun State funds since November 2010 to August 2015 held that all of the allegations brought forward have been looked into conclusively with no infraction substantiated.

According to ICPC, “The above case bordering on fraudulent diversion of N11.4 billion obtained through Osun SUKUK bond to private foreign account, money meant for building of schools regardless of the N13.9 billion intervention funds from. The Federal Government through UBEC for the purpose of building classrooms has been investigated conclusively with no infraction substantiated.

“An investigation of‎ the above allegations confirmed that Osun State government raised N11.344 billion from the issue of the SUKUK bond through Nigerian commercial banks. Investigation also revealed that after the issue of the bond, Osun State Government sought and got approvals from the Securities and Exchange Commission and Shariah Board of Lotus Capital Ltd. To amend the schedule of schools to be constructed from 27 mixed schools to 11 high schools and to furnish the schools. The approval of SUKUK holders is still pending.

“Also contrary to the allegation that the SUKUK proceed was diverted to private foreign account, it was disbursed from Osun SUKUK company accounts with 13 Collecting Nigerian Commercial banks and used for payments of contractors awarded the contracts of construction and furnishing of 11 senior Secondary Schools in various part of Osun State.

“Furthermore, contrary to the allegation that N13.9 billion was disbursed by UBEC to Osun State, the total of N7,192,585,041.64 has been disbursed to Osun SUBEB for the period 2011-2015. This amount consists of Universal Basic Education matching grants, Special Education Funds, Teachers Professional Development Fund and state’s counterpart funds lodgement in line with UBE Act 2004.

“In view of the above paragraphs, investigations have not established an act contrary to the Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Act, 2000 as none of the allegations were substantiated. Therefore the matter is hereby laid to rest”. The Commission said.

The Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy, Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, stating the Government’s position over the outcome of the ICPC’s investigations, said the Aregbesola government was never in doubt that the group was an illegal one which was only being used by traducers of the administration to diminish its many achievements.

“When the so-called group was everywhere making its highly irresponsible and frivolous allegations, we never minced words on the fact that it was an unregistered group of few disgruntled, hired individuals to tarnish the image of the government and seek to diminish the massive good governance initiatives that are the hallmarks of our interventions here.

“The ICPC’s dismissal of the frivolous allegations is a vindication of our earlier position on the group and other collaborators in their ignoble campaigns of calumny.

“The Aregbesola administration has instituted the most transparent, people friendly government in its six years and more and we do not intend to depart from this path. This is because we are convinced in this lies the brighter future of our dear state,” Okanlawon added.

FG Commends Aregbesola For His Impact in Education

Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, on Tuesday commended Governor Rauf Aregbesola for creating sound learning environment and laying good foundation quality education through construction and equipping of mega schools located across the three Senatorial districts of the state. Mallam Adam, who was represented by Professor Kamoru Olayiwola Usman at the opening ceremony and commencement of learning in Ataoja Government High School, Osogbo and other public schools named after Professor Wole Soyinka, Nobel Laureate and others, requested other state governments to emulate such an investment undertaken by Governor Rauf Aregbesola. 

The Minister said the federal government and the Federal Ministry of Education are proud of Aregbesola’s efforts in education sector, saying education should not be limited to a situation when a person can only read and write, but how such person can impact positively on the larger society. He held that Osun in no distant future will enjoy the seed that has been sown by the present administration with the building of the state-of-the-art schools constructed across the state.

According to him, “If we want to forestall what happened in Ife, we must continue to educate our people by making sure that we build more schools with an atmosphere that is conducive to learning.”

Speaking earlier, the Deputy Governor, Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori stated that the motive of Osun Government is to make the new High Schools centre of excellence that will produce students that are excellent in academic performance and will be grounded in the Omoluabi ethos. She also added that in line with Aregbesola’s desire to have the best teachers in the state High schools, the Governor has approved 20 per cent salary increment, and dressing allowance for all the teachers and principals in the new high schools.

The Deputy Governor further stressed that the new schools principals will also be entitled to official cars, iPads among other things.

According to her, “These intensive interventions in the education sector constitute huge capital expenditure to which Mr. Governor is fully committed come rain or shine, economic recession or depression notwithstanding.

“Mr. Governor considers no amount of money too much to invest in the lives and future of our children in Osun,” she noted.‎

The Head Girl of the Ataoja Government High School, Eegunranti Victoria, described Aregbesola as “the Awolowo of our time” and a governor who has made the impossible to be possible.

 

 

OSUN: Gov. Aregbesola to Inaugurate Water Project

Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun will on Tuesday inaugurate some water supply projects to mark the 2017 World Water Day.

A statement by Mr Muftau Oluwadare, Permanent Secretary, Osun Ministry of Water Resources, Rural and Community Affairs, said some of the projects were located in Erinmo-Ijesa, Oriade South Local Council Development Area and Ajebandele, Ife Central Local Government Area.

It said that some projects would also be inaugurated in Asapati, Ololola and Olajebe communities, all in Odo-Otin Local Government Area.

The statement urged the beneficiary communities to reciprocate the good gesture of the government by making judicious use of the water supply facilities.

Aregbesola Challenges New LGs on Revenue Generation

By

Kehinde Ayantunji

The Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has challenged the Heads of the newly-created Local Council Development Areas (LCDA) in the state to concentrate on Internally Generated Revenue for the council to be self-sustainable.

He said obviously, the national resources that every tiers of government rely on were no more sufficient to cater for the needs of the people and responsible government must look elsewhere to provide the basic amenities at the grassroot.

Governor Aregbesola said this last Thursday during the commissioning of the Osogbo West Local Council Development Authority (LCDA) Secretariat, Awosuru Osogbo.

According to the governor, more councils were created to fast-track grassroot development and urged the administrators to work hard in ensuring that the purpose are not in any way defeated.

He noted the council should be the highest revenue generating LCDA in Osun being the host to major banks, Nigeria big brands show rooms, distribution warehouses, and major markets, among others.

The governor frown at the lackadaisical attitude of some councils towards sanitation, saying his administration would not be soft on any council that handles environmental sanitation with levity.

Aregbesola explained that the cardinal responsibilities of the council apart from IGR is environmental sanitation saying, “the meaning of dirty environment is absence of government, that is more reason we invested huge resources on environmental sanitation and management which is the essence of government and whoever that is not ready to sustain that will be treated as the enemy of the government and the society”.

He commended the Council Manager, Mr Kehinde Isaac for the construction of the new LCDA secretariat, saying despite releasing Take Off Grants for all the new LCDAs, he is just commissioning the second one, urging the council administrators to double their efforts to ensure rapid development.

Speaking earlier, the council manager, Mr Isaac said the support of the governor, Local Government Service Commission, Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun aided the construction of the new blocks and the renovation of the inherited 3 bedroom apartment.

He solicited more support from the political heads, council workers, market women, investors and other stakeholders for the survival of the council.

Aregbesola Has Taken Osun to Another Level- Editors

Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, was on Saturday described as a visionary governor who has not only opened Osun to the entire world but has also set the state on the right pedestal of development.

President, Nigerian Guild of Editors, Mrs Funke Egbemode, stated this in Osogbo, when she led the NGE Standing Committee members to an inspection of state projects across some parts of the state.

This was as the Governor attributed the nation’s economic problem and the poverty ravaging millions of people to lack of productivity. Some of the gigantic projects visited by the NGE team include the 18 kilometre Oba Adesoji Aderemi East By-Pass; 3,000 students capacity Ataoja Government High School, Osogbo Government High School, Nelson Mandela Freedom Park and Atewogbeja Fountain, rehabilitated Nigeria Railway Terminus and park.

Egbemode attributed the development and progress of the State to the atmosphere of peace and security being enjoyed in the state.

Egbemode, who is also the Managing Director of the New Telegraph Newspaper, said however ambitious any chief executive of a state is, he can only achieve little without peace and security. She said it is obvious that something has changed in Osun and there has been a significant improvement in terms of infrastructures in the state since the present administration came on board. She added that it is gratifying to know that the state of Osun especially the state capital is now looking more clean, developed and beautiful. Mrs

Egbemode, who observed that the state has moved forward tremendously under Aregbesola, stressed that she is always impressed by any government who is passionately working to leave the state better than it met it. The President of the Guild of Editors also commended the Governor for attracting businesses and investors into the state through its various masses-friendly programmes such as the Osun school feeding programme, Osun Youth empowerment scheme among others. She said,

“Obviously so many things have changed in Osun. I am from this state and I come home occasionally and each time I come there is always a new thing to see. “I am so happy that we now have a cleaner and more beautiful state, it is great to see that there is a lot of improvement in Osun.

“A governor that is able to attract businesses and investors to his state through direct masses-oriented programmes like the O’Meal, Oyes and others has done well.”

Mrs Egbemode also commended the efforts of the Aregbesola administration for making the state one of the safest in the country, noting that it is a pointer to the fact that youths in the state are well engaged. According to her, “One thing is obvious, weather you are in Osun or you are outside the state reading about Osun, you definitely have a feeling that it is a secured state.

“And one good thing about a peaceful and secured state is that it attracts investors to the state because a peaceful and secured environment helps business to thrive. “By and large, your government has done well for the people of Osun and we urge you to do more”

she said. In his response, Aregbesola said more than 70 percent of the nation’s oil resources goes to less than I percent of the total population thereby leaving large number of the populace living below poverty line. He lamented that the huge resources in the hands of this few was not even channelled to the development of the nation. He averred that if people still do not cultivate the habit of working and adding values to the economic activities, we will continue to remain poor.

Aregbesola said “If we have ever paused to ask why we are how we are in this nation, we will discover that lack of productivity is at the root of our economic problems. “The large chunk of the nation’s wealth is in the hands of few while majority wallow in abject poverty. And this resources is not utilised for any development.

“Sadly, work does not pay in Nigeria today as those who work very well are the most poor. Our inability to develop values out of nature brought us to this abysmal level of poverty.

“Therefore, for as long as we don’t work for this wealth, it will lead to lack of productivity. Work must be the major attraction for all of us rather than our heavy reliance of rent seeking oil economy of the present.” He cautioned media practitioners on the need to be conscious of the impact of what they write on the society.

The Governor said a serious minded governor would not be averse to criticisms because it serves as signpost for him to watch and be careful of what he is doing. He however noted that criticism must be constructive and done in good faith. “Criticism is an elixir of life. If you want to get far in life you must be willing to accept criticism.

“But then journalists also must be conscious of what they want to public and be mindful of its repercussion. “We should not put out something that will cause crisis in the society because when there is crisis there is no discrimination about who is to be victim. We all will stand the risk of being victims of any crisis situation.

“Thus journalists must always exercise caution in the way and manner they report events.”

 

Source: Vanguard

Aregbesola Links Road Crashes to Indiscipline

Aregbesola links road crashes to indiscipline The Governor of Osun state, Rauf Aregbesola, has warned drivers to show restraint while on the road to enable the country clampdown on road traffic figure.

Attributing the spate of road crashes, particularly in the state to indiscipline among motorists, Aregbesola, while receiving Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, in Osogbo, assured that the state would provide support to enable the Corps succeed in its campaigns.

“I am very much appreciative of the model of operations of your agency. I commend all your personnel for their unrelenting commitment to saving lives and property of the people, and we would continue to work together to achieve the goal,” he stated.

The Governor commended the Federal Government for rehabilitating Ilesa and Akure roads, stressing that this demonstrated government’s concern for safety of lives.

He said the state is working with relevant security agencies to combat the incidence of armed robbery and kidnapping on certain parts of the roads in the state, while urging FRSC to assist in providing intelligence

According to the Corps Marshal, the visit was in continuation of his nationwide tour of commands, and was at the government house to thank the Governor for his unrelenting support for road safety campaigns, especially for providing land for the construction of the FRSC pennant office complex in the state capital.

He added that there was the need for joint effort between the FRSC and the state to tackle recurrence of accidents some the roads in the state.

Oyeyemi identified corridors posing challenges to the Corps as Ife, Ilesa and Akure, describing the frequency of accidents on the roads as disturbing.
“We must work together to tackle the menace and restore sanity and people’s confidence to the safety of the areas,” he stated.

Oyeyemi further thanked the Governor for his interest in road safety matters, recalling his support for the approval of the National Road Safety Strategy document and inauguration of the National Road Safety Advisory Council which demonstrates Federal Government’s political will to tackle issues relating to road safety in the country.

Ile-Ife now calm, says Aregbesola

Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the State of Osun has assured the Hausa Community in the state of adequate protection. He spoke in Ile-Ife at the palace of Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi during a visit Thursday.

Aregbesola said normalcy has returned to the town, after the clash between Yoruba and Hausa residents.

He called on all residents to go about their lawful duties without fear of intimidation as security has been beefed up.

Aregbesola condemned the masterminds of the fracas. He said they would face the full wrath of the law, after being arrested.

He said his administration will ensure that miscreants are no longer allowed to disrupt the peace of the state.

“We will not allow miscreants in our state.We will fish them out, especially the perpetrators of the fracas at Ife. We are going to arrest them from their hiding place and prosecute them.

“I appeal to communities in our dear state to remain calm and go about their lawful activities.

“Everything is under control by the government and I promise you that it will never happen gain”, he said.

Aregbesola visited the troubled area of the town.

He was received by the Seriki Hausa, Alhaji Mohammed Madagali. Both inspected the damage left by the rioters.

He later met Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi in his palace to discuss how to bring succour to the affected community.

The Ooni of Ife described members of the Hausa Community in Ile-Ife as co-owners of the town, with whom he has enjoyed tremendous loyalty in the last 14months of his reign.

“That is why I did not leave any stone unturned to bring the avoidable ugly situation to normalcy by acting promptly upon receiving a report of an altercation between a Yoruba woman and a Hausa man on Tuesday evening.

” I immediately sent some chiefs to address the situation, which was amicably resolved. And we all thought it was over until we woke up the following morning (Wednesday) to hear that they had started attacking one another.

” I quickly informed the security agencies, who responded very swiftly, ” Ooni said.

The monarch also praised the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola for his efforts towards ending the crisis.

“Thank God for the normalcy.The governor has been so proactive and the security agents have been on top of the situation.

“I got a tip-off that some of our Hausa brothers were being held in captivity. We rushed to trace them to where they were being held.

“We were able to rescue all of them, numbering over a thousand and got them handed over to their Seriki Hausa, ” he said.

The monarch urged all residents of the state to embrace each as brothers for peaceful coexistence.

“My people, we are working to ensure that things don’t get out of hand. We must allow peace to reign in Ile-Ife and respect one another.

“Yorubaland is a place of love, we show love to every visitor in our land and our kinsmen from other parts of the country.

“Let us always maintain peace and harmony with them here too,” he pleaded.

The Seriki Hausa, Alhaji Mohammed Madagali, thanked the state governor, Ooni Ogunwusi, community leaders and the security agencies for their efforts in curtailing the crisis.

Madagali lamented the death of his people, saying it was a painful and avoidable incident.

Diekola, A Man Dancing Naked in the Public – Chief Sola Akinwumi

The Chairman, Elders Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Osun State, Chief Sola Akinwumi has described a chieftain of the party, Alhaji Fatai Diekola as ‘a man dancing naked in the public’.
According to Akinwumi, Diekola breached the expected quality of ‘an elder’ with his recent outburst against Governor Rauf Aregbesola, saying that ‘an elder must be reserved and cautious of what to say in the public’.
Akinwumi stated this on telephone whenCityMirrorNews called him to confirm the rumoured suspension of Diekola from the APC elders’ council on Wednesday.
Unconfirmed rife information has it that the APC elder’ council at its yesterday –Tuesday’s March 7, 2017, meeting suspended Diekola from the council.
At the meeting were APC Chairman in the state, Prince Gboyega Famodun, former governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, Senator Bayo Salamii, Alhaji Wale Lasisi, Chief Isa Ojewale, Elder Peter Babalola, among others.
Speaking with CityMirrorNews on phone, Chief Akinwumi who was the chairman of the meeting said: “It is not true that we suspend Fatai (Diekola); he was not even in our agenda for the meeting. We do not suspend him, we just cautioned him.
“Anybody that is referred to as an elder must be reserved, courteous and have some level of decorum. He said what he said to the public and the public has been responding. Fatai must have said what he said out of ignorance and lack of political understanding. But the people are coming out to reply him.
“Fatai is just a man dancing naked in the public. An elderly person don’t talk anyhow, an elder must be reserved. We do not suspend him, we just caution him on his talks. Fatai did not offend us; he said what he said to the public. We don’t have the power to suspend anybody; we are just to give advice to the party and as well cautioned anybody or group that wants to cause crisis in the party.”

Aregbesola Calls For Calm In Ile-Ife, Vows To Bring Perpetrators To Book

Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has assured the Hausa Community in the state of adequate protection of their lives and properties as government is already on top of the communal clash which occurred in Ile-Ife.

He called on citizens of the state as well as other tribes resident in Osun to go about their lawful duties without fear of intimidation as government has put every thing in place for their security.

The Governor stated this on Thursday at the Osogbo West Local Council Development Area at Awosuru, Osogbo.

Aregbesola who condemned the actions of those behind the fracas at Ife promised that those behind the unfortunate incident will be apprehended and made to face the full wrath of the law.

He said the present administration will continue to work to ensure that the activities of miscreants are completed wiped out of the state and make Osun the most peaceful state in the country.

According to Aregbesola, “Yesterday’s event at Ile-Ife is highly unfortunate and least expected, it was caused by some senseless set of people who took laws into their hands.

“We will not allow miscreants in our state, we will fish them out. Especially the perpetrators of the fracas at Ife, we are going arrest them from their bidding place and prosecute them.

“I appeal to members of the houses community in our dear state to remain calm and go about their lawful activities.

“Everything is under control by the government and I promise you that it will never happen gain” the governor said.

Governor Aregbesola later proceeded to Ile Ife where he visited the scenes of the clash, expressing regrets that the incident happened.

He was received at the entrance to the town by the Serikin Hausa, Alhaji who accompanied him to visit the scenes.

He later moved to the palace of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi for discussion on how to bring succor to the affected community.

Ooni Of Ife Praises Aregbesola Over Handling Of Crises

H.I.M Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, OJAJA II has described members of the Hausa Community in Ile-Ife as his subjects and co-owners of the town with whom he has enjoyed tremendous loyalty in the last 14 months of his reign.
Ooni Ogunwusi stated this On Thursday in a statement by his Director of Media, Comrade Moses Olafare who called the crisis a very unfortunate one caused by agents of backwardness and devastation.
“Kabiyesi is very unhappy about the whole crisis. He has always treated the Hausas residing in the town as his subjects and has tremendously enjoyed the loyalty of their leadership, that is why he has not left any stone unturned to bring the avoidable ugly situation to normalcy by acting promptly upon receiving a report of an altercation between a Yoruba woman and a Hausa man on Tuesday evening.
Baba immediately sent some chiefs to address the situation which was amicably resolved and we all thought it was over until we wake up the following morning(Wednesday) to hear that they had started attacking one another. He quickly informed the security agencies who responded very swiftly”. Ooni said.
The revered monarch also in the statement praised the state governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for his efforts towards ending the crisis.
“Thank God for the normalcy, the governor has been so proactive and the security agents have on top of the situation.
Kabiyesi got a tipoff that a number of our Hausa brothers were being held in captivity we rushed to trace them to where they were being held, we were able to rescue all of them numbering over a thousand and got them handed to their Seriki Hausa who also join us in addressing his people with a message of peace from Kabiyesi Ooni through Chief Muritala Onifade, Akogun of Ife and Adebowale Olafare, Lowa Ada of Ife. I must say, this efforts brought an end to the crisis”. Olafare maintained.
The statement concluded by urging all the Yoruba people to always embrace the Hausa  and other ethnic groups as their brothers to enjoy maximum peaceful coexistence.
“My people, we are working  to ensure that things don’t  get out of hand.  We must let peace reign in Ile-Ife and respect one another. Yorubaland is a place of love, we show love to every visitors in our land and our kinsmen in other parts of the country have equally enjoyed love from their hosts.. Let’s always maintain peace and harmony with them here too”.
He continued “The police and army personnel have been deployed to sustain the normalcy. The Osun state government has declared a two day curfew in Ile-Ife which will start from 6pm and end by 7am till Friday, March 10. We all need to do our part to ensure peace.
Directorate of Media and Public Affairs,
Ooni’s Palace,
Ile-Ife.

The Succession Battle in Osun! By Abiodun Komolafe

Let me start by declaring that, no matter the difficulties encountered on Osun State’s journey to greatness, I’m of the tribe of Caleb; a harbinger of good report and nothing seems capable of obliterating this perception buttressed by what is on the ground.

Having said that, let me also confess that I did not originate the title of this article. It was a product of interactions between passengers in a commercial bus, yours sincerely inclusive – on a recent trip from Ijebu-Jesa to Osogbo in Osun State. The discussions went back and forth until the discussants decided to look ahead, post-Rauf Aregbesola’s tenure. By way of illustrating my stand further, may I state that I do not have any clue on the incumbent governor’s preferred aspirant; not even the colour of his fabrics. In any case, it is not my call! I listened with rapt attention as names of both pretenders and genuine aspirants were mentioned one after another. And, finally on this, let it be known that I have come across diehards of the incumbent governor who are prepared to stake their lives for performance as the most important deciding factor. I have also seen some ‘bread-and-butter’ Gentiles and ’10-for-10 kobo’ hypocrites – quite a few of them – whose joy is in doubling the people’s troubles.

All said, there is a great political battle ahead in Osun State and only the Strength of Israel knows how it will end! Already, posters of different shades and colours have started competing for available space in the state; with the political atmosphere gradually heating up with melancholic provocations; and tempers supposedly flaring with grandiose bellicosity. There are cracks here and there within the parties. These may eventually lead to realignments here and there. Some aggrieved politicians from the ruling party are talking in the same tone with some disgruntled members from the inveterately enervated opposition and its crude appendage of unreconciled dancers and clappers. That the battle ahead, therefore, has the capacity to be fiercely chaotic, even giftedly bitter is a forgone conclusion!

Also, with the loss of power at the centre by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015, followed by last year’s demystification of Iroko in neighbouring Ondo State, and, lately, the tragedy of depletion that has struck its national membership base like a plague, it may not be out of place to say that All Progressives Congress, APC, as the only party standing well in Osun State, is not unlikely to repeat the feat of August 9, 2014. Besides, with some great jobs done by the current administration, especially, in areas like infrastructure development, road construction, agriculture revolution, investments in education, and its huge contributions to the political stability and economic growth of the state, coupled with other legacy interventions scattered here and there, the clock is likely to tick in favour of a successor committed to following in the footsteps of the incumbent governor and most invariably endorsed by him.

Well, while political permutations may not translate into outright victory for the ruling party or ‘by any means necessary’ for the opposition, one cannot but wonder when idle and unrewarding sobriquets like ‘Home-based’, ‘Lagos-based’, ‘Osun Abroad’, ‘Pathogens’, ‘Awon Omo Online’ (Yahoo Boys), and ‘Atohunrinwa’ (Hinterland dwellers) criminally crept into Osun State’s political lexicon. Among other premises which paint a rather frightening picture of a society that is lacking in the use of its conscience are zoning (that it is the turn of a certain Senatorial District to produce the next governor); current economic realities (trying to make Osun the Guinea pig of other states); as well as primordial anxieties about current administration’s capacity to complete ongoing projects before leaving office.

Henry Brooks Adams describes politics as “the systematic organization of hatreds.” I have once argued that the Nigerianness of politics in which every negative thing is not only a right but also a command is one that makes one angry, sad and sympathetic. Otherwise, exploiting ‘Place of Residence’ as an obstacle to one’s political aspiration in a state of his birth is tantamount to asking Donald Trump to uphold, even unleash the full force of his travel ban order on Nigerians living in the USA for the pointless excuse of ‘dollar’ flight from America to Nigeria. It is like driving the highly-technical Julius Berger out of the country on the fallacious reason of ‘naira flight’ from Nigeria to Germany. For instance, who is a ‘home-based’ politician and who are ‘Atohunrinwa’ ? What are the characteristics of ‘Awon Omo Online’ and what does it take to be deregistered from the cult of ‘Osun Abroad’?

At times, Nigerians are too greedy, and, in the exact sense of the word, deficient when confronted with reality. That’s why some people may never want to learn from Lagos State’s story of success. Aregbesola is not an indigene of Lagos State. Yet, he was a two-term Commissioner in the Bola Tinubu-led administration. I am sure the experience he gained from that duty post has helped him in successfully steering the affairs of Osun State away from the paranoiac edifice of plunder, wastage and malady that was once its defining characteristic. Rotimi Agunsoye, also, an indigene of Osun State, once served as Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs in Lagos State. As we speak, he is a member of the House of Representatives, representing Kosofe Federal Constituency of Lagos State. Dele Alake (Ekiti), James Faleke (Kogi), Idowu Ajanaku (Ondo), and Ben Akabueze (Anambra) are other examples of deeds which have continued to speak Lagos State. So, if our sons and daughters could serve and excel elsewhere, what stops them from giving their best to the state of their birth?

In Dwight Eisenhower’s words, “the history of free men is never really written by chance but by choice; their choice!” At a time like this, exploiting the global glut as a fig leaf for crucifying the current administration can be likened to a divisive falsity that doesn’t offer an example of faithful commitment to democracy as the best form of government. For example, Saudi Arabia, with not less than 18% of the world’s petroleum reserves and world’s largest exporter of petroleum, has not been spared the aftereffects of the oil price plunge that has for some time bedeviled the crude oil world. Same goes for India which imports not less than 70% of its crude oil requirement. Essentially therefore, if the ‘gold’ in Saudi Arabia, with about 12.9% of the world’s oil supply to its credit, could rust, then, pity the ‘iron’ in Nigeria, which produces only about 2.7% of the world’s oil supply. By extension, pity a state like Osun which has for a long time depended, largely, on allocations from the centre.

May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace in Osun State!

*KOMOLAFE writes in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State, Nigeria ([email protected])