A Socio-political organisation in Osun, Iwo Youth Congress (IYC) has congratulated Alhaja Sherifat Aregbesola, the First Lady of the State of Osun on her birthday celebration.
In a statement signed by the group’s coordinator, Mr. Liadi Ishola on Tuesday, said the organisation joined Aregbesola family, friends and people of Osun in celebrating a virtuous woman whose support to His Excellency, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has brought about infrastructural transformation of the state.
He said; ”We are particularly happy with the life of service you have led so far,” noting that as the Chairperson of ‘Sheri Care Foundation (SCARF),’ the governor’s wife has been making life easier for aged, children, widows and the weaker members of the society.”
The group urged the First Lady to continue in her invaluable support to her husband, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as he continues to transform the state of Osun.
He prayed that the Almighty God will grant Alhaja Aregbesola longer life, good health and more strength to celebrate more fruitful years.
Some of the friends and political associates of Governor Rauf Aregbesola have stated that the governor’s 60th birthday anniversary would be funded by the committee of friends and political associayes of Mr Governor and not the State of Osun.
While addressing journalists at the Press Conference marking the kick off of activities of the sixtieth birthday, this committee which was representes by the former Assistant Chief of State and Commissioner-designate, Barrister Gbenga Akano, said the friends and political associates of Mr Governor had opened an account at First City Monument Bank (FCMB) with account number 4495130013 for whoever wishes to donate for the programme.
He debunked the rumours that suggested otherwise, saying “monies for this elaborate programme are coming from very many friends of Mr Governor across the country and they are the ones sponsoring it.
“The cost size is reasonable over which the government has no control because the friends have resolved to give a befitting birthday bash to Ogbeni.
“The rationale behind this press conference is to solicit your support to communicate and propagate the positive results of these programmes both on the economy of the state as no single Kobo will be spent outside the state.
“This press conference was also aimed to provide answers to movement of bodies and materials aimed at celebrating the Governor as he clocks 60 in a couple of days.
“Like in most situations, birthday period is a time stocks and do self examination not only by a leader like Ogbeni but in the minds of addicted followers.
“This, we make bold to say that people who are seated here with us and those who are not here present that we are addicted to Rauf.
“I wish to inform you that the followership, political fellowship and admiration which Ogbeni enjoys across Nigeria is robust and huge.
“It is our pride and elation to inform you that these admirers have therefore chosen to ambush Ogbeni by celebrating him on the occasion of his 60th birthday which comes up next week Thursday in Osogbo”
The Chief Imam of Osogbo Sheikh Musa Animasaun on Friday advised Governor Rauf Aregbesola to remain focused on his mission and not get distracted by attempts to derail his administration.
The cleric who delivered the sermon at the special Jumat Service held at the Osogbo Central Mosque Osogbo in commemoration of the Governors 60th year birthday, said Aregbesola’s ascension to power itself is a testimony to what he described as “Allah’s unpredictable ways of doing things regardless of what the humans decide”.
Those who accompanied Aregbesola to the special service in his honour include former Minister of State for Defence Mr. Musiliu Obanikoro, Senator Bayo Salami, and Other top functionaries of government such as the Secretary to the State Government Alhaji Moshood Adeoti, Chief of staff Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola.
Sheikh Animasaun said Aregbesola was underrated by humans but because he had been destined to assume the mantle of leadership in the state, all hurdles placed in his way were surmounted.
He urged Nigerians to draw good lessons from the governor whom he said has surpassed all expectations in terms of his commitment to the development of the state.
“This is a great lesson for us all and it is important for all of us to learn from it. People did not give him any chance as a governorship aspirant and candidate then. But because Allah had decreed that he would preside over the affairs of Osun, he assumed the position in spite of all the hurdles placed in his way.
“Today, we have no reason not to thank Allah for his life now that he is clocking 60. The only thing we can advise him on is to remain focused and committed to the good of his people that he has demonstrated.” the cleric said.
Animasaun listed quality roads, mega schools, emergency equipments such as ambulances across the state, provision of positive engagements for several thousands of youths in the state and above all, a new image of a prosperous state where investors can now come as indelible marks that Aregbesola has created.
Aregbesola while responding, thanked the cleric and others who have been praying for his administration admitting that prayers have been effective in guiding the steps of his government.
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Happy birthday Ivy…..