The governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola had said that the significance of culture in the Yoruba race propelled his administration to be more concerned about the cultural heritage of the people of the state.
Speaking at the Award Ceremony in honour of cultural icons, who are indigenes of the state, as part of the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the creation of the state, the governor said that his administration would continue to protect and promote the cultural heritage of the state.
According to him, culture is a very important aspect of life for those who want to rise in life, saying that, “It describes who you are. Whoever that has no culture, has no clan and it might be very difficult for that person to have his way in life. It is culture that makes you to know your worth and guide you on how to behave to other human beings in life”.
The governor noted that those in foreign countries, especially in Cuba and Brazil, attach much importance to the Yoruba cultural heritage, saying that the state was targeting to turn culture to a veritable source of income for the state, by bringing foreign tourists to the state for its development.
He stated that the awardees,who are cultural icons, were honoured by the state to show that their contribution and protection to the promotion of the Yoruba culture are recognized and commended.
In another vein, the governor lashed out at those he described as “never-do-well” politicians in the state, who spread lies about his state of health, when he was out of the country, saying that the lies were meant to create confusion among the people of the state.
He added that, “We thought that we should not respond to their lies, but it seems that they have begun to take their lies too far. When they started, we thought they were mentally-handicapped and we were taking it with levity, but it is now clear to us that they have nothing else reasonable to do other than to lie and create confusion”.
“This is to tell the people of Osun State that Rauf Aregbesola is hale and hearty. Nothing is wrong with me; it was their wish, but it will not come to pass”, he noted.
Going down memory lane, Aregbesola recalled how the immediate past government under Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola in the state used oppressive machinery to prevent him from becoming the governor of the state, saying that those behind the falsehood should desist from it and take their defeat as the will of God.
He then eulogized the awardees, for their individual contribution to the protection and promotion of the cultural heritage of the state without getting any assistance from government.
Some of the awardees were the late Susan Wenger, popularly called AduniOlorisa; the late Professor Ulli Bier; the late Chief DuroLadipo; the late Chief OyinAdejobi; Chief Nike Okundaye Davies (Nike Gallery); and Chief Jimoh Ibrahim among others.