Aregbesola, Akande Celebrate Olumaikaiye As Trio Preach Tolerance

First National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nigeria, Chief Adebisi Akande and Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the state of Osun have jointly canvassed for religious tolerance and understanding among Nigerians.

Akande and Aregbesola stated that religion should not be placed above humanity and good character, saying that that is what defines human being.

The former and current governor of the state spoke on Monday at a reception organized for the Anglican Bishop, Osun North East Diocese, Reverend Dr Humphrey Olumaikaiye by Akande at his country home in Ila.

They made the statement just as Olumaikaiye called on religion faithful from both Islam and Christianity to stop preaching religion, if they are ready to address the various challenges facing the country.

Instead of preaching religion, Olumaikaye urged the faithful of the two religions to preach love, tolerance, understanding and peace.

According to Olumaikaiye, love supersedes every other preaching and remains the only way out of the various challenges confronting the country.

He said: “It is time we all stop preaching religion, we should be preaching love because the God we worship is a God of love. Love supersedes everything. We should all preach love, love together in love.

“If we love one another, this country will be great. If we live together in love, you will not harm your neighbour. If we live together in love, you will not be greedy. What is meant for everybody, someone will not corner it.

“We should strive to make life worth living for other people. That is the essence of life. After all, nobody is greatest to last forever. We are all on borrowed seat, another person will soon occupy it.

“Even when we retire, something will take us from this place and that is death. That is the more reason to come together and live together in love, do things in love, and by doing that, this country will be great.”

Olumaikaiye commended Akande for his religious tolerance, describing him as a bridge builder between Muslims and Christians in Ila and its environ.

He lauded Aregbesola for the the infrastructure development and transformation of the state, describing his administration is focused and progressive.

Speaking, Akande described Olumaikaiye as a godly, friendly, brilliant and distinguished personality who is enlightened beyond religious purpose.

Akande said: “When you see a distinguished gentleman, where ever he works, whatever his religion, you will appreciate him. Whatever you are, you are a nature of this world.

“Whatever you are and after you past on, people don’t forget you, you are a leader of the society. Bishop Olumaikaiye is a distinguished gentleman.”

In his address, Aregbesola said the world will be great if everybody relates to one another and as human being in good manner rather than religion.

Aregbesola said religion should not be a factor to determine the existence, stating that each and everybody should be defined based on his or her relationship with the people around him.

Osun APC Felicitates With Chief Bisi Akande On 79th Birthday

By Nofisat Marindoti

The All Progressive Congress (APC) in the State of Osun, has congratulated Chief Adebisi Akande on the occasion of his 79th birthday.

In a statement signed by the party’s spokesman, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, APC said the party joined families and friends of the chieftain to honour and celebrate some of his grand achievements.

According to the release, “It was to the credit of Akande that APC was nursed until it was given birth to in 2013. We had to depend on his wisdom and political sagacity in putting together parties of different orientations into one cohesive family that we are today.

“We celebrate his uncommon wisdom, which was not appreciated by some, at the time he was Governor in placing this state on a firm foundation administratively.”

APC said Akande would be treasured for his statesmanship which cuts across party lines and has brought him to the forefront of national leadership.

“Papa turns 79 today, we wish him many more glorious years of selfless service to Osun and the country in general.” the release added.

Meanwhile, the immediate past Honourable Commissioner for Finance and Economic Planning in the State of Osun, Dr. Adewale Bolorunduro, has also felicitated with founding Interim Chairman of the APC, on his Birthday.

In a congratulatory message to mark the birthday of the elder statesman released by his Media Office in Ilesa, Dr. Bolorunduro extolled Chief Akande for his wisdom, sacrifices, forthrightness, patriotism and astute leadership acumen; right from his days of service in the Old Oyo State.

Dr. Bolorunduro described the tenure of Chief Adebisi Akande as Governor of Osun between 1999 and 2003 as one which was “characterized by selfless service and monumental development to mankind leading to a solid foundation for the progressive governance of the Rauf Aregbesola – led Administration.”

“Chief Adebisi Akande, Baba Omo Kekeke himself, has continued to be a bridge between the present and the past with his enormous wealth of experience in public service as a true democrat which has been of immense benefit to many of us who are his political children”, the Former Commissioner added.

He prayed that the Almighty God grant “Chief Akande longer life, more strength, increased wisdom and vitality as his experience is still direly needed especially as Nigeria and the State of Osun moves into another critical electioneering period.’’

PHOTONEWS: Yoruba Patriots Movement Honour Akande, Aregbesola

Yoruba Patriots Movement on Wednesday honoured Chief Bisi Akande as the Grand Patron of the movement and Governor Rauf Aregbesola as a supporter of the movement.

The event was held inside Akande’s residence in Ila Orangun and was graced by the two monarchs in Ila.

Here are photos from the ceremony captured by Dolapo Ogundiran.

PHOTONEWS: Governor Aregbesola Visits Baba Akande

Governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola exchanging pleasantries with former Interim Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Abdulkareem Adebisi Akande, during homage visitation to Chief Akande in his country home, Ila-Orangun, on Monday.

Adejare Taofeek captured the mood during the visitation.

Akande Calls For Review Of Federal Functions, Allocation

The first Interim National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Adebisi Akande has called for the review of salient national resources sharing formula as well as revenue to aid the nation’s gradual exit from its myriad of challenges. According to Akande, it is necessary to recognise the federating units as the real channels of driving governance to make meaningful impact in the land.


Akande said to ameliorate the country’s multi-faceted problems, the fiscal sharing formula must be reviewed to ensure that more funds are taken to the federating units where real governance takes place.


The Elder Statesman in his goodwill message to the Southwest Development Summit of the Yoruba Patriots Movement on Tuesday noted that for greater prosperity to thrive, the Federal Government must largely off-load some of its responsibilities to the federating units.


He also canvassed for the use of Scientific Technology in making the country’s census more accurate as a panacea to the Nation’s retrogressive Progress.


The former governor of Osun state said: “Scientific technology must be used to ensure that our future population censuses are made accurate.


“Our zones/regions in their amicable variants must be recognised as the first-line federating units. The exclusive functions of the Federal Government must be largely off-loaded and shared among the federating units.


“Revenue allocation system must be related to tax efforts and the quantum and complexity of functions assigned to each tier of government. The present formula for allocating revenue among the 774 local governments directly from Abuja must be discarded and replaced with a more equitable formula which could encourage allocation to local governments by their States according to the dictates of their different Houses of Assembly.”