Revisiting Isiaka Adeleke’s Death By Abiodun Komolafe

Though it is difficult to believe that Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke has gone to be with his Maker, the truth, if we must admit, is that the former governor of Osun State and two-term Nigerian senator is gone forever and will be sorely missed!

In a similar development, while the family’s rejection of the autopsy report conducted on his remains is troublingly disturbing, its refusal to partake of the coroner inquest on this sudden incident has taken Adeleke’s family’s  cry for justice to a ridiculous height.

While Adeleke’s death has brought many inadequacies to the fore, it is quite sad that those who were around the late politician as at the time death was nearing him by the eyelids are still roaming the streets, behaving as if they are beneficiaries of the immunity clause as spelt out in Nigeria’s Constitution. In saner climes, most, if not all, of them would have by now been assisting the police in its investigations.

Inability to make them give their own  side of the story speaks volume of the nature and texture of Nigeria’s investigative capacity and justice system.

Particularly  perplexing is the lingering-yet-infantile notion that Osun government ought to have shut down because one of its prominent sons lost his battle with death. And I doubt if Adeleke would ever have endorsed such a reactionary venture either.

On the converse, that a politician  of Adeleke’s socio-economic stature and political status could descend so low as to have surrendered the destiny of his health to one quack, illiterate nurse who could not even speak the universally acceptable language is a demonstration of our leaders’ insensitivity and carefree attitude to issues that have bearings on our lives as a people and a country.

As a matter of fact,  I doubt if Alfred Aderibigbe’s rise in the State Civil Service, despite his mental incapacity, was not a product of Adeleke’s ‘job-well-done’ compensation for Aderibigbe. Little wonder Nigeria is in such a sorry pass!

On a conventional note, how should a man die and how should the cause of his death be determined medically?  Who is legally empowered by law to initiate a coroner inquest and who claims custody of its outcome? In case a party objects to its outcome, what next for either party and how can a coroner sound believable?

If Aregbesola’s offense  is having the temerity to celebrate his 60th birthday fees days after Adeleke took his exit, what of Ademola, the late politician’s younger brother, who, about the same time, also marked his 57th birthday with uncontrolled fanfare and frippery?

If the government is being accused of organizing a public enlightenment programme when the state ought to have been mourning the passing of a statesman, what of Adeleke’s family which has been doing everything to make sure that the slot returns to the family as if political office-holding is its exclusive rights and as if there are no other competent hands elsewhere in Osun West Senatorial District?

In my personal opinion, that the family wanted to claim sole ownership of the report, instead of requesting that it be made in duplicates and given to all the parties involved was a strange development. In my view, it’s as if the family had something to hide!

The amusing part of it all is that the Adelekes of our political space will accuse Aregbesola of ‘having a hand in Adeleke’s death’ in the morning only to send representatives to the government  and the ruling party in the evening for the purpose of seeking wings to their quest! Even at that, must the family explore the method of blackmail as a tool for winning the battle?

Confucius once averred that “sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue.”  Can the deceased’s family in all honesty tell Nigerians that the late politician was without any history of health issues which could have led to complications resulting in his sudden death? On a serious note, has the family ever contemplated looking inward for the killer – real or perceived – of the respected politician, instead of futilely looking for enemies where there is none?

For God’s sake, why did some Nigerians find it so excitingto be beguiled by the other side of the late Adeleke’s story when it is an indisputable fact that allegations of crime are cases prosecutable by the state? On the other hand, why has bad news continued to travel fast and why are enemies of the state feasting so hugely on it?  With the autopsy and inquest confirming our fears already in public domain, where do we go from here? Again, if carnality cannot be a purveyor or conveyor of good things, how on earth do we get Nigeria’s cult of hypocrites and the universe of doubters and haters to retune their knowledge of the understanding of the Giver and Taker of life?

Perhaps, the most significant aspect of my argument is that Isiaka was born into a well-to-do family. And, as fate would have it, he was able to define his goals very  early in life and he was fortunate to have lived long enough to fulfill his destiny.

At age 37 or thereabouts, he had become the first governor of the newly-created Osun State; and at the point of death, he was not only sitting on top of many bluechip companies, either as their chairman or Chief Executive Officer (CEO), he had also become a two-term senator of the Federal Republic. From the foregoing, the family can be said to have all it takes in this world to sponsor investigations on any ‘if’, ‘what’, ‘how’, ‘where’ and ‘why’ of its scion’s sudden demise.  So, where do all these attempts at blackmailing the government or bringing the governor’s achievements into disrepute leave Adeleke as a family and Osun as a state?

May the Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant the faithful departed eternal rest!

*KOMOLAFE writes in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State (ijebujesa@yahoo.co.uk)

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Osun West Senatorial Bye-Election: APC Screens Two Aspirants

Ahead of the July 8 Osun West Senatorial bye-election to elect a new senator for the constituency after the death of Isiaka Adeleke, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has screened two aspirants.

The aspirants, Mudashir Hussein and brother to the late Isiaka Adeleke, Ademola Adeleke, were screened by the APC national screening committee chaired by the Speaker Nassarawa State House of Assembly, Hon. Sanusi Rikiji, at the state Secretariat, Osogbo.

Hon. Rikiji told journalists at a briefing before the screening exercise that four intending aspirants showed interest in the bye-election, including the state Commissioner for Women and Children Affairs, Alhaja Latifat Giwa.

According to him, only two out of the said four were present at the screening, which was witnessed by officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The two screened aspirants at the end of the screening expressed confidence and optimism that they would be victorious at the primaries set holds on Monday June 12.

Meanwhile, earlier on, the APC state Secretary, Rasak Salinsile told the committee that Otunba Ademola Adeleke was not a registered member of the party in the state, saying only his late elder brother, Senator Isiaka Adeleke was.

He said only Senator Mudashir Hussein who bought his form at the party Secretariat, was known and recognised by the party in the state.

Otunba, however, debunked the story, presenting a copy of his APC identity card and stating that he became a full member of the party in 2014 when his late brother joined the APC.

 

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INEC Fixes July 8 For Osun By-Election

The Independent National? Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed July 8 for Osun-West Senatorial District bye-election to elect a new senator for the constituency following  the sudden death of Sen. Isiaka Adeleke.

A notice by INEC’s Administrative Secretary in Osun, Mr E.A Ademusire, in Osogbo on Monday, said the conduct of parties’ primaries would commence on Tuesday through June 14 while the election would hold on July 8.

The notice stated that bye-election was scheduled “consequent upon the position of the enabling status that bye-elections to fill the declared vacant seat by the National Assembly be conducted within 30 days upon the declaration.

“Take note that by the directives of the Chairman, Independent National? Electoral Commission’s bye-election for Osun West Senatorial seat will hold on Saturday, July 8, 2017.”

The attachment to the notice however indicated that last day of submission of party nomination form is June 15, publication of nominated candidate’s names, June 22 and submission of names and addresses of party agents to INEC officer, June 30.

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Osun NYSC Sends Home 49 Corps Members On Health Grounds

Forty-nine corps members posted to Osun State have been sent back to their homes on medical grounds, Mr Emmanuel Attah, has said.

The Coordinator of the National Youth Service Corps in Osun State, Mr Emmanuel Attah, said this on Wednesday evening during the inspection of the permanent orientation camp in Ede by the Director-General of the NYSC, Brig.-Gen. Suleiman Kazaure.

Attah said, “Two thousand, three hundred corps members were deployed in Osun State and out of this, we registered 2,226. Of this number, 1,023 are male while 1,123 are female corps members.

“Out of this number, we relocated 73 corps members. Forty-nine corps members were sent home on medical grounds while the rest are nursing mothers and some have marital issues.

“We never took a chance. We are serious on medical issue; that is why we never had any issue right from Sunday. The medical team checked any corps member for communicable diseases and we got some, registered them and sent them back home.

“Concerning affected corps member, we called the parents or next of kin to tell them the conditions of their children. We also paid their transport fares back home.”

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Coroner Rules On Sen. Adeleke’s Cause Of Death, Recommends Prosecution

The coroner’s inquest set up to identify the deceased, time, place, cause of death and circumstances surrounding the death of Senator Isiaka Adeleke has run its course.

The inquest headed by Olusegun Ayilara, a magistrate, had begun sitting on the 8th of May, 2017 and called several witnesses which includes Osun State Deputy Governor, Otunba Titi Laouye-Tomori; Chief Medical Director of LAUTECH, Prof. Akeem Lasisi; LAUTECH Chief Pathologist, Dr. Taiwo Solaja, Head of Homicide Department, Nigeria Police Force Osun State Command, SP Eleta among many others.

Magistrate Ayilara who gave his verdict this morning revealed that Senator Isiaka Adeleke died between 9:30- 10:15am Sunday 23rd April 2017. He further revealed that from his findings, the deceased died on his way to Becket hospital from his town home in Ede, Osun State.

The Coroner also ruled out poison as the cause of death following evidences from the autopsy and toxicology reports.

“There were no traces of poison and metal in the system of the deceased. The cause of death is aspiration caused by a drug overdose following the statement by the Pathologist Dr Taiwo Solaja” the coroner revealed.

Mr. Ayilara also recommended the prosecution of the nurse, Mr. Alfred Aderibigbe who administered multiple doses of banned drugs, Steroids, Analgesics and Sedatives on late Sen. Isiaka Adeleke as his testimony was at variance with the toxicology reports independently carried out by the Nigerian Police.

The Coroner after reading his ruling, appreciated people who had followed the sitting of the inquest till the end and subsequently declared the inquest closed.

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Rauphobia, Raufmania And Raufnomics By Sikiru Akinola

He has never achieved anything without struggle. As commissioner for works, I didn’t know more of him until he declared intention to run for the governorship position of Osun. Not many, including this writer, believed he was going to make it. ?Many people willingly joined the struggle. Anyday, anytime, Aregbesola is a crowd-puller. Only few people can match his streetness.
On many occasions, he cheated death. It was a tortuous journey. From the pre-election till when his mandate was restored, it was one day, one trouble. He won the election but the incumbent was declared. And the legal tussle began. The first tribunal was comprommised.  Many people laid their lives unnecessarily. Why? They were tired of the locusts who had almost sucked the state’s treasury dry.
And finally, on November 26th, 2010, the Appeal Court, sitting in Ibadan, affirmed the judgement of the reconstituted tribunal, by declaring Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as the duly elected governor. That day?, the jubilation was indescribable. Many major towns were thrown into ectastic celebration. He couldn’t be sworn in that day. Before the second day, it was evident that the will of the majority eventually prevailed.
From the beginning, it was evident that he was prepared for governance. Within a twinkle of an eye, he left no one in doubt as to his capacity to effect changes in the shortest time. His many O-projects many of which ?have become models for many states have earned him recognition and awards locally and internationally.
His many projects were unusual. The few condemn him while the majority commend him. And that is why he is always happy to associate with the common man on the street. He is not known for his flamboyant lifestyle. It didn’t take many residents of the once-upon-a-time state of the living spring to know that their prayers have been answered. The more than 7 years before Oranmiyan came on board was akin to the years of the men in khaki.
Like his first election and the legal tussles that followed, the re-election bid was also fought with everything. He contested against the candidate of a party that was bent on entrenching its hold, no matter what it would have cost. The people were determined like the first term. They believed that the O-General needed another term to solidify his achievements. At last, despite threat from far and near, he was announced as the winner.
?Though an engineer by training, the way he has handled the economy of the state calls for applause. Many of us are even baffled how he has been able to achieve what other states, especially the financially-buoyant ones have been unable to do. His would be successor is lucky. All what he or she needs is to device means of sustenance through prudent management of resources and fund generation internally.
?Despite all his good intentions, there are still opposition in the state. A compromised section of the media has made itself available, as a tool in the hands of the never-see-well. There was nothing they didn’t insinuate about the Ilesa-born former Lagos commissioner. He was alleged of attempting to islamise Osun. He was criticised for merging schools. Every good thing he does is not good in the hands of some minority few. It is not that the opposition don’t see that all his projects are unusual, they are angry because he has spoilt business for them. You don’t expect a baby to be beaten and not cry. Everytime, he triumphs. It seems he has the magic wand to transform misfortune to fortune.
The worst of it all. Those who had undeservingly  benefited immensely from his generosity but are part of the enemies within. They are terrible students of history. They have forgotten that everything about the husband of Sherifat is tied to struggle. There is nothing they have not said about him. Some even said he is an Ajele (District Officer) after over 10 years in the politics of Osun. That is incredible.
But ?why has he always triumphed against his adversaries? For an upcoming politician, Aregbesola is an example of who to follow. Just like he is loyal to his mentor and pathfinder -Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, he rewards loyalty. Those who are closer to him say that he  is restless; that he likes working in the dead of the night, when his colleagues are snoring. He has demyified governance by always covering many kilometers with his people. He once said that he doesn’t look like a governor because he is ‘haggard’.
However, all these achievement can be rubbished in a matter of weeks if he is unable to present a successor. As the first governor of the state to use two-term and with a lot of credit to him, he needs a man who can think like him; who can continue from where he would stop. That is my fear. And it is not even a fear. I cannot only but pray God to assist, guide and guard him to choosing the best man for the job. Whether you like it or not, no governor or politician wouldn’t be concerned about who succeeds him.
Recently, an attempt to blackmail ?him ahead the 2018 governorship election hit the rock and Ogbeni appeared stronger. it was a business in disguise and those who planned the inhuman plot are regretting it.
Just like Oranmiyan, he is an intrepid politician. He is a veteran of many successful  battles and wars?. Some have even referred to him as the heir apparent to the throne of Bourdillon. This, he has displayed through his rare support for any cause he believes. Some even said he has one of the few persons who have the ears of the “Lion of Bourdillon’.
As people besiege Osogbo, the State of Osun capital. To celebrate the diamond anniversary of Ogbeni on earth, I wish my mentor many more glorious years on earth.
Wa inna jundana laomul’ galibun.
Sikiru Akinola (Oranmiyan II)  publishes www.insideoyo.com. He can be reached via sikiruakinola86@gmail.com?.
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Aregbesola: Giant strides Of The ‘Ajele’ At 60 By Abiodun Komolafe

Two major factors influenced my decision to support Rauf Aregbesola, especially, in his reelection bid as governor of the State of Osun in 2014 and I think they are worth repeating here;perhaps they may be helpful to the cause of this piece.

I left Ijebu-Jesa in 1985, after the completion of my secondary school education, but by the time providence would take me back to my Native Nazareth some years later, almost all the roads on the axis had become so impassable that it’d not be out of place to ask if there had ever been a government in place in the state. As good governance would have it, the narrative took a turn for the better less than two years of Aregbesola’s assumption of office. As at last count, government has constructed not less than 1000km of roads and they traverse all the nooks and crannies of the state.

Closely connected to the above was my preference for this fiery and fearless politician at a time it mattered most. Like the story of the elephant and the knife on the day of the former’s date with death, some funny characters whose political antecedents were sufficient enough to qualify them as unworthy candidates for ‘Bola Ige House’ had thrown their hats into the ring in a desperate attempt to capture power from the incumbent governor.

Unhelpful also was Nigeria’s political landscape, with its ‘the-more-you-look-the-less-you-see’ features in dubious connivance with the ‘by-any-means-possible’ disposition of its handlers. A third reason for supporting his reelection bid was his integrity. Amongst all the contestants, his integrity stood poles ahead and was clearly non-comparable with his closest rival from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

On my part however, I was of the opinion – and, rightly so – that spectatorship was not an option in an event that was designed to shape the future of my state as well as define the destiny of its people. The rest, as it is often said, is history! Of course, these, added to one or two other reasons here and there, have continued to increase the clockwise ticking of the clock of my admiration for the “chattered politician” and I am happy I took such a decision at such a critical time in the life of my state.

Although, democracy has become so acceptable in this part of the world that we now regard service as an established fact, it is important that lovers of good governance use the opportunity that Aregbesola’s birth anniversary presents to briefly reflect on the real definition of service to the people and what the people stand to gain from the presence or absence of it.

For instance, why did Aregbesola leave his comfort zone in Lagos where all things were bright and beautiful to become a symbol of resistance to a system that was well-stocked with characteristic fancies and unusual features in Osun?  Why did he choose to become a story of courage to a struggling state which, pre-November 27, 2010, was fraught with false starts, painful groping and failing fortunes, indeed a system which wheel of progress was already on its way back to the bottom of the hill?

When, in his essay, ‘The three types of legitimate rule’, Max Weber particularly pointed in the direction of charisma as an essential ingredient a leader must possess if he must succeed, he probably might have had the likes of Aregbesola in mind. But Weber’s option of courage amidst the tragedy and the savagery of primordial sentiments has again brought to the fore the way we are as a state and as a people.

A few questions will suffice. Why have professional hoppers who derisively described Aregbesola an uneducated mind so lost memory of historical facts that this gentleman, noted for technical finesse and political astuteness, once had a stint as a teacher at Imesi-Ile High School in the 1970s? Why is this achiever, who has within a short period of six years set the ‘Land of Virtue’ on fire with his dreams, being tagged a ‘debtor-governor’ when, indeed, in the universal space called salary palaver, Osun is just a sample space for other states in Nigeria?

Again, why are they equating his vision for Osun with a mission to Islamize the state even as the governor has consistently wondered why trying to be a good Muslim should be misconstrued for ‘conversion campaign’?

Some crooked beings even go as far as referring to him as Bola Tinubu’s ‘Ajele‘ (Sole Administrator) in Osun. Agreed, he is! So what? Well, the sad side of our Nigerianness is that there’s nothing one can do to immunize desperate politicians from wallowing in delusional insinuations.

Be that as it may, it is a settled premise that Tinubu is a leader whose creative ingenuity and ceaseless potentials unravel by the day. Driven by pure interest and manifest integrity, the Jagaban Borgu is a principled, dependable and caring historian of sort who positively and masterfully replenishes his stock each day through his deeds and actions. It needs to be noted that, despite the “petty envy and outright jealousy by those that feel dwindled by his greatness”, Tinubu is one politician who cannot do any evil beyond his devotion to his political party and commitment to humanity.

In any case, as ‘Ajele‘ which the opposition has nicknamed him, Aregbesola is very proud of his relationship with the ‘Governor Emeritus’ of Lagos State, his leader and mentor. Little wonder many refer to him as the ‘Symbol’. On the other hand, in Tinubu’s clan and court, ‘Ogbeni‘, as he is fondly called by his admirers, is the ‘numero uno’; but not to the point of being subservient. No doubt about it: Aregbesola is one person whose political judgment Tinubu respects.

Essentially therefore, if ‘Ajele‘ is a synonym for transformation and rapid development, then, Osun will need several ‘Ajeles’ to bring it at par with the leading states in the federation. Gladly, too, Elisha, the son of Shaphat (1Kings 19: 19-21); Nelson Mandela; Abraham Adesanya; and Bola Ige, evenTinubu, among others, have at one time or another demonstrated that, for one to succeed in life, the ideal thing is to start as an apprentice, a disciple, or a protégé.

An American politician, Benjamin Franklin, once remarked: “human felicity is produced not as much by great pieces of good fortune that seldom happen as by little advantages that occur every day.” One noteworthy reality is that politics is about the economy and economy is about the people.

It is about prioritization and allocation of values. Put succinctly, politics is about the people. It is about generational prosperity and usefulness to humanity. Without being immodest, Osun’s developmental strides have presented Aregbesola as a worthy product of Tinubu’s school of politics.

An activist whose primary concern is how to build a super system, not super human,  Aregbesola has happily and healthily given pleasure to others by ‘rambunctiously’ spearheading the technological transformation of Osun into “a developed, cleaner, safer and more beautiful state”. The man behind the ‘O’ Revolution in Osun is an outstanding politician of authority who has by his pursuit of causes with unblemished peculiarities shut the mouths of enchanters whose remit is in sounding like broken bottles for reasons not unconnected with selfish ambitions and personal gains.

Mention his accomplishments! Is it in the education sector where, as at last count, a total of 55 new structures, comprising 20 Elementary, 22 Middle, and 13 High School have been added to existing structures while a total of 82 school blocks, comprising 1,534 classrooms across the state have been refurbished by his administration?

Or the Elementary School Feeding Scheme, (O’MEALS) which has also greatly reduced unemployment by absorbing no fewer than 20,000 food vendors, in addition to providing certain categories of pupils with highly nutritious meals on a daily basis? Or the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES) which, with its mopping up of more than 40,000 youths off our streets and productively engaging them, has succeeded in reducing the scourge of unemployment among our youths?

Have we forgotten the creation of additional 31 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs), 3 Area Councils and two Administrative Offices for the overall purpose of bringing government closer to the people? Or the procurement of 25 Armoured Personnel Carriers (APC) and 100 Patrol Vehicles which has greatly helped in making Osun “the safest state in Nigeria”? Of course, the list is endless!

Aregbesola’s intervention in the hospitality sector has also not gone unnoticed. For instance, Osun now has more than 400 hotels, out of which more than 15 are in ‘Category A’ (equivalent to a ‘3-star’ hotel). Before this administration came on board, the state could only boast of less than half of this figure.

Added to these are more than 80 Tourist Attractions in the state. The establishment of Osun Microcredit Agency has also gone a long way in reducing unemployment as well as alleviating poverty in the state. Taken together, these  laudable initiatives have  helped  a great deal  in shoring up the state’s internal revenue base, particularly, at a time Nigeria  is painfully hemorrhaging from dwindling economic fortunes as a result of global oil glut.

According to Woodrow Wilson, “a man has come to himself only when he has found the best that is in him, and has satisfied his heart with the highest achievement he is fit for.” So, which is easier to say:  ‘Aregbesola has no money in any bank anywhere in the world’, or to say: ‘he has not drawn salary since he became governor of the State of Osun’? Or that he has only two buildings: one in Egbeda, Lagos; and the other one in Ikeja-Lagos, given to him as ‘retirement benefit’ by Lagos State Government for serving as its Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure between 1999 and 2007?

Of course, this is where plunderers who latch on the rebellious twists and turns of seeming adversity or perceived inadequacy of the moment to judge Aregbesola’s government are missing it. Today, we discuss ObafemiAwolowo in glowing terms, not because of the money he stashed in any local or foreign bank; or the number of houses he built. Rather, it’s because of his transparent commitment to the development of Yorubaland in particular and Nigeria in general.

As ‘Ogbeni‘ floats through the years ahead with grace and good cheer, may principalities and powers, assigned to rubbish our leader’s efforts, scatter!

*KOMOLAFE writes in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State, Nigeria (ijebujesa@yahoo.co.uk)

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Who Killed Isiaka Adeleke By Abiodun Komolafe

“This thing of being a hero, about the main thing, is to know when to die. Prolonged death has ruined more men than it ever made.”   William Penn Rogers, 1879-1935.

Isiaka Adetunji Adeleke, Osun State’s first executive governor and two-term Nigerian  senator, has joined his ancestors. May God rest his soul!

But for the purpose of being economical with the truth, Adeleke was indeed a leader in the true sense of the word: hardworking, deeply dedicated and astutely committed to any cause he believed in. The first time I  met this flamboyant politician was in 1991 or thereabouts; and it was at Anaye K30 in Ilesa, State of Osun, in the heat of campaign activities which eventually led to his election as the first civilian governor of the newly-created Osun State. The rest, as it is often said, is history!

Well, while all the  controversy  that  Adeleke’s death has brought along with it may not be unexpected more so as  he belonged in the class of kings, my initial opinion was that it might amount to running against the grains of our values as well as a dilution of moral principles to get involved  in any arguments  whatsoever on the passing of a beloved leader. Nonetheless, we have reached a stage when some questions need to be asked and some issues have to be appropriately situated. Who knows? Some unbeliefs may be helped!

To start with, it is an established fact that all mortals have their appointed dates with death. However,  the  mode, place and time of one’s departure are God’s exclusive preserve. For instance, while Michael Joseph Jackson was ‘autopsied’ to have died “of acute propofol and benzodiazepine intoxication” on June 25, 2009, at the age of 51; and his doctor convicted of “involuntary manslaughter”,  Prince Rogers Nelson took his leave through “a fentanyl overdose” on April 21, 2016, at the age of 57.

Here in Nigeria, Lateef Adegbite  died  from “age-related diseases” on 28, September 2012 at the age of 79. In Adeleke’s case however, it is disheartening to find out that members of his family seem to have forgotten that death is no respecter of persons, positions or ranks; and that, irrespective of how influential or highly-placed one may be in the society, death is a necessary end which will strike  on its  own accord, not at its victim’s discretion.

To the best of my understanding, Adeleke’s family’s approach to this unfortunate incident raises some posers: does the family have some information on its scion’s death for which it is  waiting for an appropriate time before letting the cat out of the bag? Does it have some secrets about the late politician which it is trying to shield the public from coming in contact with?

Is there more to Isiaka’s death from which the family is trying hard to divert public attention? Is it employing blackmail as a fig leaf for coercing the party to “consider the replacement ticket of the vacant senatorial seat to the Adeleke family”? Or, is its current posturing aimed at simply embarrassing the governor or  rubbishing his government? If the answer to the last question is in the affirmative, what does the family intend to gain from such an action?

By the way, who killed Isiaka Adeleke? A ‘family source’ had earlier admitted that Adeleke died of “heart attack” (Vanguard, April 23, 2017) while a report in The Punch, April 24, 2017 had it that he died “after a protracted ailment.” On Monday, April 24, 2017, Saharareporters, an online news medium, reported that the late politician died of drug “overdose of intravenous medication, fluid laced with a huge quantity of painkillers” which “conspired to block his heart leading to a heart attack that killed him.” This was corroborated, especially, by the accounts of Akeem Lasisi, the Chief Medical Director of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, while testifying before a coroner set up by the state government to probe circumstances surrounding his death   (Punch, May16, 2017). And the pathologist’s, too!

Let me ask again: who killed our beloved Adeleke? If he was poisoned, as some enemies of the late politician are wont to make us believe, who did it? When did it actually happen? Where and how did it take place? And for what purpose? Put in a better perspective, who killed Abubakar Audu, that All Progressive Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Kogi State, who providence turned into the Nigeria’s Moses of the Year 2016? Was he poisoned too?

Who killed the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who  also  left  this  world  of  sin  almost in a manner similar to Adeleke’s? Who killed Dipo Famakinwa, a brother and  a  confidant, who died less than 72 hours before Adeleke? Who killed Professor Ayodele Awojobi, that ‘Akoka Giant’, scholarly genius who died on September 23, 1984 at the age of 47?  And  who killed Lamidi  Ariyibi Adedibu, who died on June 11, 2008 at the age of 80?

On the other hand, was  Adeleke’s unfortunate death intended to blackmail somebody, somewhere, somehow that his supporters  had  wanted to hurriedly commit his remains to Mother Earth without following somesimple medical procedures? Was that why they couldn’t even honour the dead by looking for an ambulance either from the O’AMBULANCE pool, even, from Adeleke University, for the purpose of decently conveying his remains from the hospital to his home on that fateful Sunday?

In the spirit and the letters of the law, what efforts have been made by relevant authorities to interrogate those who were with the late politician till the early hours of Sunday, April 23, 2017 before he retired to bed to breathe his last? Assuming without conceding that Serubawon, as he was fondly called by his admirers, was poisoned, how did the poison get to him or into his meal? Who among those who were with him at Kuta, all through to Ede, served as the courier for the poison alleged to have sent him to his early grave and at what cost?

It is painful to note that some ‘crying-more-than-the-bereaved’ individuals have been displaying crass bereftness of ideas in their sinister purpose of feasting on the misfortune of a family. Unfortunately, those political opportunists  are either lazy, uninformed, misinformed or simply being mischievous. Otherwise, their findings ought to have revealed that Governor RaufAregbesola’s trip to China was on the ticket of Nigeria Governors Forum; that he left long before Adeleke’s death; and that he was not alone on that Nigeria-China Governors’ Investment Forum trip as other governors  like Abdul’aziz Abubakar  Yari of Zamfara State and  Okezie Ikpeazu of  Abia State were also in attendance.

Let me confess here that the controversy surrounding Adeleke’s death was yet another in the series of the rapacious and unenlightened politicization of death in our clime and it is the sad side of our Nigerianness. But then, why would he have been killed? For political reasons? I doubt! Though, Osun governorship election is slated for the latter part of 2018, party primaries are, as we speak, yet to be conducted. Even, the slot has neither been zoned to the West nor  any would-be contestant for that matter been anointed as the ruling party’s candidate. So, why would Adeleke have been killed? The interesting truth in this unfortunate incident is that the forest contains what hunts the hunter!

Again, this is where those who are falsely and unfairly accusing the government of having a hand in Adeleke’s death may be ignorant of the workings of the law. Otherwise, they ought to have known that, if a husband dies under questionable circumstances, the first suspect in law is his wife, and vice versa. Interestingly, Jackson and Rogers have demonstrated that age of practice has got little or nothing to do with negligence.

By the same token, I doubt if there’s  a meeting point between orthodox medicine and voodoo practice in Nigeria’s Constitution. Not only that, supposing there are factions within the ruling party in Osun as some people would  want Nigerians to believe, I doubt if Adeleke would have attended an enemy camp’s function, not to talk of being a partaker of the ‘aso ebi’, specially made for that occasion. Again, I doubt if ‘Serubawon’ would have eaten at his enemy’s table!

Gone but not to be forgotten! Sad  that, once upon a life, His Excellency, (Senator) Isiaka Adeleke was with us in this wide, wild world of sin! Now, he belongs to history!  Nevertheless, the comforting truth is that he has done well for his race. For this reason, he should be spared the opportunity of a well-deserved rest.

May the Strength of Israel  comfort his family and wipe off their sad tears and may my condolences assuage  the anxieties of all  those who are badly affected by his death.

May the soul of the faithful departed be at peace with his Creator!

*KOMOLAFE writes in from Ijebu-Jesa, Osun State, Nigeria (ijebujesa@yahoo.co.uk)

abiodun KOMOLAFE,

020, Okenisa Street,

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Aregbesola Orders All Govt Institutions To Plant 60 Trees Each Within 90 days

The Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola on Wednesday gave an executive order on all the state government’s institutions, ministries, departments and agencies on the need to plant at least 60 seedling of trees in commemoration of his 60th birthday anniversary.

He also asked all traditional rulers across the state to follow suit by ensuring that they plant 60 seedling of trees within their domains.

Governor Aregbesola gave the order while planting trees in commemoration of his 60th birthday anniversary.

The programme which was organised by the state-owned television station (Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, OSBC), aimed to complement the government policies on tree plantation in the state.

Aregbesola who lamented on the environmental challenges of global warming, said it has become mandatory for all agencies of government to complement the state’s efforts on trees plantation.

He said the order was aimed at complementing the already 2.5million trees planted across the state by his administration.

Aregbesola said the effort was necessary to save the society from environmental degradation, which he said had led to many environmental disasters in some parts of the world.

He said the state was bent on fostering relationship with individuals or groups that could support the resuscitation campaigns to actualise green environment.

According to him, the role of trees in man’s life can never be measured and by extension, the sustainability of man’s life relies heavily on plant.

“If we do not have trees, life will seize on earth because trees are the only source of oxygen that man derives to live.

“Just as the trees need carbon-dioxide to succeed so as man needs oxygen from trees to survive in life. So, when one looks at the symbiotic relationship between man and plant, one could not but appreciate the essence of trees on earth for human and animal survival.

“In view of this, it has become an order for all the government institutions, ministries, departments, agencies, parastatals, hospitals, courts, schools, State House of Assembly among others to henceforth commence trees planting.

“All these institutions, agencies and parastatals must ensure that they plant 60 seedling of trees each within 90 days.

“We urge our traditional rulers to cue into this scheme as part of efforts to rescue our society from all forms of environmental challenges.

“This is not a joke anymore. Unlike before that we only urged people to plant trees to commemorate their birthdays, now, it has become an order that must be implemented in the interest of ourselves and our dear state,” Aregbesola added.

Commending the management of the OSBC for revisiting the government policies to keep the environment worthwhile, Governor Aregbesola said the move would further help in re-orientating and enlightening the people on the need to save the world from environmental disasters.

” I am happy that OSBC has reawakened our sensibility to trees planting. Though we have launched this scheme in few years, but we still believe that we can do more better to ensure that our society is free from the adverse effect of global warming.

“This move would go a long way to consciously reorientate the people in the society about the beauty and benefit of green environment,” Aregbesola remarked.

Earlier In his welcome address, the Chairman, Osun State Broadcasting Corporation, Mr. Kola Akanji, said the planting of the trees was a programme organised to commemorate the 60th birthday anniversary of the Governor who he said had restored hope in the hopeless in all socio-economic strata.

Akanji, said the decision was taken by the management of the OSBC in complementing Aregbesola’s efforts to prevent the society against global environmental challenges which he said effects had destroyed some societies and nations of the world.

He said Aregbesola had planted the seed of love and the seed of service which had grown to a tree bearing fruits and whose fruits are being shared to all since assumption of office.

Describing him as an investor of unprecedented development, Akanji said it would be a sin if the management of the state-owned media organisation and the people of the state fail to honour Aregbesola for restoring hope in the hopeless in the education sector, free school feeding of pupils in elementary schools, unprecedented road construction across the state.

“People across all socio-economic strata, religious leanings, political divides and age groups cannot but celebrate Aregbesola at sixty considering how hardous the task of service to humanity through politics which he had chosen for himself, can be at the beginning in our clime.

“Aregbesola means many things to so many many people. Stakeholders in the state project are celebrating him for restoring hope in the hopeless in the education sector, free school feeding of pupils in elementary schools, unprecedented road construction across the state.

“Provision of employment, fighting poverty and ensuring food security through agriculture, enhancing healthy loving of the citizenry, promoting the Omoluabi ethos, communities in the state as well as financial re-engineering and proper management of the state’s resources for the maximum. Benefit of the all among others.

“For us in the OSBC’s family, we are appreciating Mr. Governor for all these and even much more.

“Aregbesola’s administration has done well in the area of provision of working tools for OSBC. You have gone down in history as the first Chief Executive of the state to be the number one fan of OSBC stations.

“Above all, in the past six and a half year, Ogbeni Aregbesola never intervened or censored the conglomerate in the performances of his professional responsibilities.

“We have enjoyed professional freedom fully to do our job to the best of our abilities. It is in that spirit that OSBC conglomerate is celebrating the unusual personality becoming unusual governor running an unusual government for unusual achievements applauded global in an unusual manner.

“From the seeds of love of service of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, we have raised sixty seedlings which will be planted today commemorating his sixtieth birthday.”

 

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Rauphobia, Raufmania And Raufnomics By Sikiru Akinola

He has never achieved anything without struggle. As commissioner for works, I didn’t know more of him until he declared intention to run for the governorship position of Osun. Not many, including this writer, believed he was going to make it. ?Many people willingly joined the struggle. Anyday, anytime, Aregbesola is a crowd-puller. Only few people can match his streetness.
On many occasions, he cheated death. It was a tortuous journey. From the pre-election till when his mandate was restored, it was one day, one trouble. He won the election but the incumbent was declared. And the legal tussle began. The first tribunal was comprommised.  Many people laid their lives unnecessarily. Why? They were tired of the locusts who had almost sucked the state’s treasury dry.
And finally, on November 26th, 2010, the Appeal Court, sitting in Ibadan, affirmed the judgement of the reconstituted tribunal, by declaring Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola as the duly elected governor. That day?, the jubilation was indescribable. Many major towns were thrown into ectastic celebration. He couldn’t be sworn in that day. Before the second day, it was evident that the will of the majority eventually prevailed.
From the beginning, it was evident that he was prepared for governance. Within a twinkle of an eye, he left no one in doubt as to his capacity to effect changes in the shortest time. His many O-projects many of which ?have become models for many states have earned him recognition and awards locally and internationally.
His many projects were unusual. The few condemn him while the majority commend him. And that is why he is always happy to associate with the common man on the street. He is not known for his flamboyant lifestyle. It didn’t take many residents of the once-upon-a-time state of the living spring to know that their prayers have been answered. The more than 7 years before Oranmiyan came on board was akin to the years of the men in khaki.
Like his first election and the legal tussles that followed, the re-election bid was also fought with everything. He contested against the candidate of a party that was bent on entrenching its hold, no matter what it would have cost. The people were determined like the first term. They believed that the O-General needed another term to solidify his achievements. At last, despite threat from far and near, he was announced as the winner.
?Though an engineer by training, the way he has handled the economy of the state calls for applause. Many of us are even baffled how he has been able to achieve what other states, especially the financially-buoyant ones have been unable to do. His would be successor is lucky. All what he or she needs is to device means of sustenance through prudent management of resources and fund generation internally.
?Despite all his good intentions, there are still opposition in the state. A compromised section of the media has made itself available, as a tool in the hands of the never-see-well. There was nothing they didn’t insinuate about the Ilesa-born former Lagos commissioner. He was alleged of attempting to islamise Osun. He was criticised for merging schools. Every good thing he does is not good in the hands of some minority few. It is not that the opposition don’t see that all his projects are unusual, they are angry because he has spoilt business for them. You don’t expect a baby to be beaten and not cry. Everytime, he triumphs. It seems he has the magic wand to transform misfortune to fortune.
The worst of it all. Those who had undeservingly  benefited immensely from his generosity but are part of the enemies within. They are terrible students of history. They have forgotten that everything about the husband of Sherifat is tied to struggle. There is nothing they have not said about him. Some even said he is an Ajele (District Officer) after over 10 years in the politics of Osun. That is incredible.
But ?why has he always triumphed against his adversaries? For an upcoming politician, Aregbesola is an example of who to follow. Just like he is loyal to his mentor and pathfinder -Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, he rewards loyalty. Those who are closer to him say that he  is restless; that he likes working in the dead of the night, when his colleagues are snoring. He has demyified governance by always covering many kilometers with his people. He once said that he doesn’t look like a governor because he is ‘haggard’.
However, all these achievement can be rubbished in a matter of weeks if he is unable to present a successor. As the first governor of the state to use two-term and with a lot of credit to him, he needs a man who can think like him; who can continue from where he would stop. That is my fear. And it is not even a fear. I cannot only but pray God to assist, guide and guard him to choosing the best man for the job. Whether you like it or not, no governor or politician wouldn’t be concerned about who succeeds him.
Recently, an attempt to blackmail ?him ahead the 2018 governorship election hit the rock and Ogbeni appeared stronger. it was a business in disguise and those who planned the inhuman plot are regretting it.
Just like Oranmiyan, he is an intrepid politician. He is a veteran of many successful  battles and wars?. Some have even referred to him as the heir apparent to the throne of Bourdillon. This, he has displayed through his rare support for any cause he believes. Some even said he has one of the few persons who have the ears of the “Lion of Bourdillon’.
As people besiege Osogbo, the State of Osun capital. To celebrate the diamond anniversary of Ogbeni on earth, I wish my mentor many more glorious years on earth.
Wa inna jundana laomul’ galibun.
Sikiru Akinola (Oranmiyan II)  publishes www.insideoyo.com. He can be reached via sikiruakinola86@gmail.com?.
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Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola Walks With Thousands Of People To Mark 60th Birthday

As part of activities lined up to mark his 60th birthday celebrations, Governor of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola led a fitness and health walk on the streets of Osogbo the state capital early Saturday morning.
In attendance were the deputy governor, Otunba Grace Titi Laoye-Tomori, chief of staff, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, the deputy speaker of the house of assembly, Hon Akintunde Adegboye, Osun APC party chairman, Prince Gboyega Famodun and many others.
The exercise tagged “Walk to live” had been a major highlight of the administration particularly during his first term.
The walk with the people which is aimed at promoting healthy living among the people and as well creating a high sense of unity and productivity among the people of Osun was organised by friends and associate for the governor.
Turnout for the solidarity walk was impressive as the state capital stood at a standstill as people trooped out to be a part of event.
Many shops and business remained shut as owners opted to partake in the walk.
Recall that Aregbesola while fielding questions during a live programme “Ogbeni till daybreak” asserted that he was the only African leader to have walked 91.5 km with his people while also explaining that the feat has only been beaten by the former Chinese leader, Chairman Mao Tse Tong and the late Cuban revolutionary leader, Fidel Castro.
The week-long celebration continues tomorrow with an interdenominational Church service holding at the Nelson Mandela freedom park in Osogbo by 4pm.
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Osun Records Increased IGR in 2016, As Lagos Emerge Top Earner Again

Osun State recorded a 10% increase in its Internally Generated Revenue, IGR in 2016, a report by the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics, NBS has revealed. This is as Lagos continues to dominate the table with the highest IGR generated in the country.

Lagos with a population of above 20m, generated a whopping sum of 302,425,091,964.78 and earned 81,097,954,616.12 from federal allocation, FAAC.

In the NBS report published yesterday and titled ‘Internally Generated Revenue At State Level (2016)’, it was gathered that Osun recorded an improvement in its Internal revenue by 10% between 2015 and 2016.  (14th State in % Growth).

Osun with a population of just above 4m, generated the sum of N8.07bn in 2015, but recorded an improved figure of N8.88bn in 2016 representing a 10% growth in a space of one year.

It was also noted that Lagos, Abia, Kano, Benue, Bauchi, Osun and Akwa Ibom emerged top 7 earners of Self-Assessment tax across the country.

An economist, Dr. Taofeek Tijani who spoke to this reporter revealed that economic activities slowed down in 2016 due to several factors, chief amongst being the recession that gripped the nation by its throats. He however noted the prospects are good for 2017.

Meanwhile, several states internal revenue service boards continues to aggressively implement tax laws in order to boost their states IGR. Recall the Osun Internal Revenue Service, OIRS yesterday shut over 82 organisations that refuse to pay their taxes to the state government.

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