2018: The Governor Osun Needs, By Abiodun Komolafe

Osun governorship election is some few months away. In a way, the interplay of forces between ‘Continuity’ and ‘Change’ will soon come to the fore; even take its toll on the state. While the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) might have been scratching its head on how to present a candidate that’ll be acceptable to the generality of the people, pondering the opposition’s foray into another charade of unrealistic fantasies and false utopias may also not be out of place.

As September 22, 2018 nears us by the eyelids therefore, we need to interrogate where we are coming from before taking a decision on our next course. Conscious of our recent experience in Rivers, Kano and Kaduna States, we also need to peep into the fortunes of our desired paradise and the profiles of our candidates in order to avoid falling victim to the nominal, hot-and-cold “political dealers” who always explore the people’s gullibility for vicious, ridiculous, hippomaniac and megalomaniac purposes.

Well, that Nigeria is currently at war with herself is no longer news! Like Prophet Isaiah’s Israel, Nigeria seems to be on a moral and spiritual decline, with a lot of anger taking the better part of the land. From Boko Haram and herdsmen terrorism, to a bastardized economy which nosediveness has practically taken food off the table of the ordinary man, the country stinks and the opportunists rejoice! Quite unfortunately, Osun has been deeply affected by the misfortune which previous administrations wittingly or unwittingly unleashed on the country. But while the buck undoubtedly stops on Muhammadu Buhari’s table, the president’s shortcomings – real or imagined – may be excused on the fact that the government he currently leads was an emergency contraption, prepared, packaged and contracted to the retired General who didn’t weigh its contents or asked for appropriate prescriptions for the ostensibly bitter capsule. Little wonder we are where we are!

Coming back to the forthcoming Osun governorship election, our major challenge as Nigerians is that we always consider politicians who can deliver votes without factoring-in the electorate who do the real job of voting. This is why we are always bent on zoning as if it is one-size-fits-all thing. The way I see it, zoning is an unconstitutional but a party arrangement which, in most cases, only ends up robbing the electorate the chance of choosing the best candidate. While the last Osun West Bye-election has again demonstrated some of the incalculable inconsistencies inherent in such an arrangement, religion, on its part, has only succeeded in adding its own flavour to our political psyche as a people.

Poverty does not recognize the politics of zoning, seeds of ethnicity or the politicization of religion. That a governor comes from a zone is by luck, not design. For instance, I doubt if the judicial processes that eventually delivered victory to Aregbesola was on the basis of his being from the East Senatorial District of the state. Aregbesola became governor and the East adopted him as its representative in ‘Bola Ige House’. Even with his administration’s demonstrable spread of infrastructure development across the nooks and crannies of the state, Aregbesola is arguably the most misunderstood political leader from that zone at the moment, especially, going by some people’s misreading of the politics of capital city. But will Osun Central Senatorial District forget his contributions in a hurry?

Perhaps more importantly, what Osun needs at a time like this is a man with scientific approach to issues of governance who understands where the state is coming from in terms of development and what the Next Level truly means in the life of the state. Our next governor must be one who appreciates the worth of coaches whose traits revolve around discipline, hardwork, confidence and competence. He must also show love to bystanders, meanderers, even cheerleaders. Otherwise, politics may be said to have lost its essence.

Osun needs a governor who will not take away the electorate’s responsibility, thereby rendering them irresponsible. Preferably, he must be an astute administrator with popular connection that can extract and maximize capital with greater efficiency. God forbid our state is hit by economic challenges! It will require the expertise and ingenuity of an upright governor to galvanize available resources within as well as tap into the critical threshold of competent global leaders to mobilize funds and investment opportunities to the state.

So, who shall APC send as its candidate to the battle of September 22? Anyway, this is where the ruling party has to read the signs right. In many ways, the greedy power elite as represented by the opposition has no future in the new world order. But its feigned docility or inactivity should not impose a weird veil of quietness on the ruling party. Those of us who once accused the late Sani Abacha of recklessness failed to realize that he, like Napoleon Bonaparte, saw “an empty throne” and “the urge to sit on it fell on him.” Abacha capitalized on the weakness, the incompetence, the incapacity and the illegality of the Ernest Shonekan-led Interim National Government (ING) and the uncoordinated approach of Nigerians to the issue at stake and the rest is history!

In my considered opinion, the accident of coming from the same political party should unite the aspirants within the APC fold against defeated thinkers and habitual moaners who always end up succumbing to the vagaries of socio-economic hazards. Moving the state to its pride of place shouldn’t just be in mouthing platitudes but in the practicalities of delivering dividends of democracy. It is only by voting Aregbesola to succeed Aregbesola as governor that Osun can continue on the threshold of a new era. It is by so doing that there can be a total triumph for democracy and a historic victory for the temporal and moral good of Osun people. After all, the sound and the taste of a bitter kola do not mean the same thing. Candidly, if food is all that matters, then, one has no justification for leaving his parents in the village in search of any Golden Fleece in the city.

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

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


abiodun KOMOLAFE,

O20, Okenisa Street,

PO Box 153,

Ijebu-Jesa, State of Osun.


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Osun Govt Begins Payment Of Pension, Gives Cheques To 2,006 Pensioners

Following the release of N1.2bn by Governor Rauf Aregbesola for the payment of pensions and gratuity, the state government has on Monday begun issuance of cheques to 2006 pensioners who retired from the state civil service in 2011/2012.
The cheques were handed over to the pensioners by the Head of Service, Mr Fetus Ologboyega Oyebade and other government officials at the state Secretariat, Abere.
According to Olowogboyega, a total of 2006 pensioners that retired from Ministries, Departments, Agencies and parastatals have been listed for the payment of the pension.
Olowogboyega explained that the cheques were being given to every pensioner who had perfected their retirement documents with the government.
He added that for any of the pensioners that have died, his or her next of kin would have to present documents like death certificate, letter of administration and other necessary papers to the government for collection of the cheque.
The HOS commended Governor Aregbesola for providing the whopping sum of N1.3bn to pay pensioners despite the paucity of fund in the state, describing him as a people friendly governor.
It would be recalled that Aregbesola had last week approved the released of N1 billion for the payment of pension to retired civil servants in the state while a sum of 200million was provided to pay gratuity to those who retired ahead of the commencement of the Contributory Pension Scheme.  .
The governor, he said had also directed the release of an additional N150m which will be distributed to some more pensioners soon.
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The Road Once Traveled, By Abiodun Komolafe

Osun Local Government election has come and gone. Evidently, it has been won and lost! Winners have been declared, magnanimous in victory; and losers have emerged, graciously accepting to lick their wounds for some time to come.

According to Osun State Independent Electoral Commission (OSIEC), 318 councilorship candidates were returned unopposed while election took place in 71 wards. In all, 6 political parties participated in the election, adjudged to be free, fair and credible by election observers.

As a people, that we are now far better than having to move backward is no longer in doubt. With the level of development that has enveloped Osun in the last 7 years – in spite of the country’s overwhelming economic bunk, not by the aid of it – time is no longer on our hands to experiment political leadership with the dreamers and the adventurous whose sole mission is to practically reduce the masses to perpetual slum dwellers and the forgotten people.

Albert Einstein describes politics as a “pendulum whose swings between anarchy and tyranny are fueled by perpetually rejuvenated illusions.” I have argued elsewhere that success at the Local Government poll may not result in victory on September 22, 2018 unless purposeful political reengineering is undertaken where necessary. Similarly, that the ruling party somehow missed it on July 8, 2017 does not translate into lost hopes for its adherents.

Not unexpectedly too, attempts at supplying answers to some probing questions are likely to end up throwing up more questions.  For instance, what kind of political leadership should Osun expect as from November 27, 2018 and how can the state build on the huge success recorded on January 27, 2018, preparatory to the bigger battle, slated for the latter part of the year? How do we sustain Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s responsive and human-centred efforts at making life uncommonly meaningful for the people and who do we run to, in case our assumptions fail us?

Stated in unambiguous terms, those who are expecting the governor to stand aloof or play the second fiddle in a matter as important as the choice of his successor are only trying to insult our collective intelligence. While this is a topic for another day, I am most convinced that an insider who understands the internal workings of the government and one who can continue the Aregbesola tendency will be most suitable for the job.


But then, if the journey of a thousand miles begins with a step, then, this is where our newly-elected Councillors have a lot of work to do. It’s time they took concrete steps, aimed at demonstrating leadership, ingenuity, creativity and courage in running the affairs of their Councils. Nigerians are in a hurry and are no longer interested in those who create excuses for non-performance. Willingly or by happenstance, Nigeria has also joined a ‘changing world’ where ‘greening the street’ is expected to be complimented with ‘greening the stomach’, lest an ‘ungreened’ stomach lead the battle for the ‘disgreening’ of the greened street. So, rather than surrender to the vagaries of stunted monthly allocations from the Federation purse, our Councillors should work towards shoring up the state’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR),.

Wrangling is not alien to democracy. Curiously, post-Osun West bye-election has compelled some quarters to erroneously conclude that party politics is dead in the State Chapter of   All Progressives Congress (APC). However, those who are familiar with the stories of David and Shimei (2 Samuel 16; 2 Samuel 19: 16-23; 1 Kings 2: 13-25) and Solomon and Adonijah, his brother (1 Kings 2: 13-25) will admit that political sins are rarely overlooked.

They are seldom forgiven. But this is Nigeria!  In the spirit of sportsmanship therefore, elected officials and those who wish the party well must strive to bring back into the APC fold the aggrieved, the disgruntled as well as the “Internally Displaced Politicians” who, at one time or the other, were either rumoured, even  seen to have worked against the party. Most importantly, a party that wants to beat the opposition to its silly tricks must take urgent steps to upgrade its winning streaks when such a step still has honour.

Interestingly, part of what distinguishes Aregbesola’s Social Welfare politics from, say, the late Isiaka Adeleke’s “Stomach Infrastructure” can now be seen in the price per plot of land on  n ‘Ona Baba Ona’ in Osogbo and ‘Oke Gada’ in Ede, both in the State of Osun.

Strategy must have continuity! It can be restructured, repackaged, even constantly reinvented! Again, this is where political will, not politics, comes into play! For instance, had Obafemi Awolowo’s ship of Universal Free Education not been forced to sink mid-sea, one is not in doubt of what Nigerian youth would  have year-after-year made of its generosity to evidently predict their future!

Similarly, had Larry Koinyan’s Directorate of Food, Roads and Rural Infrastructure (DFRRI) not been shot to extinction somewhere along the line, its marked shift in focus from previous policies as a result of its unprecedentedly wide scope would have taken Nigeria’s rural infrastructure development to the Next Level. Once upon a time in this country, ‘Vision 2010’, and ‘Better Life for Rural Women’, among others, happened to us like a thief in the night. But, since the Nigerianness in us is one in which the image of motion is always mistaken with the idea of progress, these programmes flew away immediately their promoters left office.

Lastly, is religion, which unfortunately has now become as natural as the blinking of our eyelids, our bane in Osun? Is it our population? Or zonal arrangements which, curiously, have suddenly become Nigeria’s war games? Or the advantage or otherwise of age on the part of our political gladiators? Well, while  religion deals primarily with man’s relationship with his Creator, Donald Trump and Dimeji Bankole have shown that exploring age as a parameter for gauging demonstrable leadership is not only castrated, it also occupies the backwaters of the truth.

In all, while no one can blame self-seeking, self-serving and ill-assorted cynics for their inability to crack the code, thank God: Aregbesola as a man of ‘talent and potentials’  has shamed all-whip-and-no-hay bigots who once tagged him a religious fanatic on a mission to Islamize the state.

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

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

abiodun KOMOLAFE,

O20, Okenisa Street,

PO Box 153,

Ijebu-Jesa, State of Osun.


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If OYES Is Scrapped, Crime Rate In Osun Will Skyrocket – Volunteers

Volunteers of the Osun Youth Empowerment Scheme, OYES in Osun East Senatorial District have called on successive governments after Governor Rauf Aregbesola to embrace the continuity of the scheme as its abolition portends great security risk for the State of Osun.

In separate interviews with OsunDefender, beneficiaries of the scheme who lauded the initiative of the present administration in reducing unemployment and crime rate of the state by taking 20,000 Youths off the streets said

OYES has been of immense value to their lives.

Some of the beneficiaries who have used proceeds from the scheme to start up their own businesses after their exit observed that the programme has indeed transformed their lives.

One of the beneficiaries said “I’ve been a graduate looking for job. When I joined OYES, the money I got there with the help of my people was used to establish computer shop and at the same time, I sell stationeries as well as having a patent medicine store.”

Omoniyi Dayo who was an OYES Cadet said “When we started OYES, some of us decided to go into fish farming.

We decided to start a cooperative and contributory scheme of about N100,000. When I got my own, I started the fish farming business which has boomed.”

Another entrepreneur whose capital was raised from the OYES monthly allowance, Odewole Dele told OsunDefender that savings from his stipend helped in the venture of selling Recharge Cards and Engine Oil.

His words “I was able to save my OYES stipends from 2013-2015 to the tune of N240,000 with which I started dealing in Engine Oil and recharge cards. The investment has yielded and grown to about N1 million naira as of February, 2018.”

Jimoh Ifeoluwa asserted that “OYES gave me the shop I have today. After my secondary education, I enrolled for OYES and this gave me the funds used in establishing my shop.

Olubisi Oluwaseun who hails from Modakeke in Osun East said with OYES, he has been able to raise funds for the completion of his house.

“Since we started OYES, we have observed that the rate of stealing and armed robbery has been drastically reduced. OYES has taken people like us off the street. With OYES, I was able to buy my land and my parents didn’t know about it till I wanted to start my foundation.”

Oluwaseun stated that “There will be problem if the present or next government says they are not interested in the programme anymore. This is because someone who has been receiving a monthly stipend of N10,000 before and has nowhere to go again, it will increase the crime rate of the state.”

“We are just appealing to the present and incoming government to please ensure that this kind of opportunity end in Osun.”

The OYES Coordinator, Rtd Col Enibukun Oyewole said in an interview with OsunDefender that the scheme which has employed over 60,000 Youths in the last 7 years started in December 2010 with its first set commissioned in February, 2011.

Mr Bunmi Otegbade who oversees OYES, GEN Partnership said a programme is in place to provide entrepreneurial opportunities for cadets after their exit from the scheme.

He said the programme which allows beneficiaries of the scheme from the three senatorial districts of the state with about 100 of them attending to gain entrepreneurial skills during their stay to ensure that they optimize opportunities abound in entrepreneurship after they finish their 2-year stay.

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Inforgraph: Osun Local Government Parliamentary System – The Facts

Misunderstood in different forms, the Osun Local Government Parliamentary System is not in contrast with the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The system which provides for only parliamentarians at the local government setting operates with Councillors; a new method of governance away from the customary presidential system where the Chairman exercises full Executive Powers as practiced over the years.
In the new arrangement, there will still be the acclaimed “Local Government Chairman” but not elected. The chairman is a product of the Councillors who are lawmakers at the council level. He/She is elected by his/her colleagues who have been duly elected by citizens of respective wards across the state.
The arrangement is not in any way an aberration of the 1999 constitution as it fully defines the relevance of Section 7(1) of Nigeria’s Constitution and Section 22 of the LG(Administration) Law of Osun State 2002 as amended.
The elected Chairman among other councillors will exercise full executive powers over the local government just as the Prime Minister does in other parliamentary democracies.
The new system reduces cost of governing the third-tier of government, eliminates local government wide campaigns by prospective LG Chairmen and their deputies as well as curbing wastage in providing for two more offices since the Chairman and Vice Chairman are councillors and maintain their status quo as Councillors.
A good attribute of this is that the chairmen and vice-chairmen can be removed and replaced if they under-perform or lose the confidence reposed in them by their colleagues.
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Osun APC Youths Convokes State Wide Town Hall Meetings

The All Progressives Youth Forum (APYF) in the State of Osun will from the 10th to the 24th February, 2017 hold Town Hall Meetings across the state to engage Youths of the party to take critical stand on issues affecting the party.
This State Coordinator of the Forum, Comrade Olateju Olorungbebe Adunni in a press statement released to newsmen on Wednesday in Osogbo, the state capital.
He explained that the meeting is geared towards five key areas of interest to further deepen political participation and fight for basic interests of Youths in the state chapter of the party.
His words “The town hall meeting is an opportunity for us- Osun APC Youths to interact intimately with political appointees and party leaders elected on the platform of APC in our locality, to assemble and discuss our basic interests, to vent our grouses/ grievances before party leaders, to proffer solution to internal tension threatening our cohesion and band together irrespective of our “political self-interest” and swing into the activities that will cement our place in the history as the political nucleus of Osun APC.”
The Osun Coordinator of the APYF added that “As youths, we have always complained that we are marginalized and our voices are not heard in spite of our numerical strength which confers electoral advantage on the party “if we are united”. Sadly and consequently, some aggrieved youths resort to anti-party activities, some by virtue of conscience, stand akimbo and grumble silently.”
Comrade Olateju Adunni who said the forum is not an avenue for members of the party to publicise or campaign for their governorship aspirants said the motive is to create a direction for Osun APC Youths.
 “We want to make it abundantly clear that the Town Hall Meeting is not a sounding board to drum support or mobilise for governorship ambition of any of the aspirants jockeying to succeed Rauf Aregbesola. In the light of the foregoing, we appeal to our colleagues to drop ‘political self interest’ in speech and conduct during the town hall meeting in the interest of the party.”
Finally, he urged members of the forum and the general public to cease the opportunity availed them by the ongoing voter registration across the country to get their voters cards as this was the only way to ensure that the party retains power both in the state of Osun and at the center.
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Federal High Court Vacates Restriction Order On Osun LG Election

A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has vacated its order 2017 restraining the holding of elections into the Local Council Development Authorities (LCDAs) and withholding Local Government Allocations in the state of Osun.
The court had on December 4, 2017 ordered the Central Bank of Nigeria, Accountant General of the Federal government and Ministry of Finance to warehouse statutory allocations to the local government councils in the state, as prayed by three members of the Peoples Democratic Party in a Motion Experte.
The PDP members, Chief Kolawole Osunkemitan, Chief Douglas Adeyinka Oyinlola and Prince Aderemi Adeniran Adelowo had approached the court with an application for the stoppage of monies for the local government in the state in an attempt to stop the conduct of the local government in the state.
Contesting the court order, the state government filed an application before the court with a prayer for the vacation of the order.
In his ruling on Wednesday, January 24, 2018, Justice John Tosho of the court held that the interim order earlier granted restraining the holding of elections into the LCDAs and withholding Local Government Allocations has lapsed by effusion of time.
Justice Tosho also upheld the contention of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice in the state, Dr. Ajibola Basiru that the orders earlier for the plaintiffs were made upon the earlier ex parte application heard on November 27, 2017.
The court further held that they were caught by the provision of Order 26, Rule 12 of the Federal High Court Civil Procedure Rules which provides that an order granted upon an ex parte application will lapse where a person affected by the orders filed as application to discharge and/or vary the orders and the application is not heard within fourteen (14) days of filing.
According to the court, Osun State Government being the 7th Defendant filed an application to discharge the orders made on 4th of December 2017 and it was not in contention that the application has not been heard within 14 days.
 Justice Tsoho therefore held that that the interim orders of injunction has lapsed and therefore there is no extant court order.
The court disagreed with the plaintiffs lawyer, Chief Clarke, SAN that the motion ex parte had been converted to motion on Notice.
The Court held that the term of its orders and Order 26, Rules 10 and 17 is against the argument of plaintiffs’ counsel.
On the pending objection to service by the Osun House of Assembly and Osun Independent Electoral Commission sued respectively as 8th and 9th Defendants, the court ordered that the plaintiffs should properly them.
Justice Tosho also struck out the applications for withdrawal of Motion on Notice for orders of interlocutory injunction filed the plaintiffs’ counsel.
The court adjourned the case till March 12, 2018 for further hearing.
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120-Year-Old Man In Court Over Alleged Fraud

A120-year-old man, Chief Busari Oyewumi, was on Monday, arraigned before a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Osogbo, for allegedly defrauding one Wasiu Adebisi of N400,000.

The police prosecutor, Mr. Taiwo Adegoke, told the court that the suspect and others at large conspired together and fraudulently obtained the sum of N400,000 from Adebisi on the pretext of selling a plot of land to him.

The charges read in part, “That you, Chief Busari Oyewumi, and others now at large, sometime in 2015 at the back of the Powerline area, Osogbo, in the Osogbo Magisterial District, did fraudulently obtain the sum of N400,000 from one Alhaji Ganiyu Adebisi on behalf of his son, Adebisi Wasiu, on the pretext of selling a plot of land to him measuring 50 by 1000 feet, knowing that your intention was to defraud him of his money, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable  under Section 419 of the Criminal Code Cap 34 Vol. II Laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.”

The suspect pleaded not guilty and his counsel, Mr. Soji Oyetayo, prayed the court to admit him to bail in liberal terms.

The chief magistrate, in her ruling, granted the bail application with one surety and adjourned the case to March 1 for hearing.

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Aregbesola Urges Nigerians To Pray For Buhari’s Son

Osun State Governor, Rauf Aregbesola, has enjoined Nigerians to pray for the recovery of Mr. Yusuf Buhari, son pf President Muhammadu Buhari.

Aregbesola spoke at the closing ceremony of the 19th edition of the Annual National Conference organized by the Jama’atu Ta’awunil Muslimeen Society of Nigeria, at City Hall, Iwo.

Yusuf had an accident while racing with his motorbike in Abuja.

Aregbesola described prayer as the only instrument that can rescue Nigeria, hence the need to attach priority to prayer and fasting.

“As we all know the condition of President Buhari’s son, I urge Nigerians, regardless of our socioeconomic, political, and ethnic differences to pray for the quick recovery of Yusuf Buhari, who is currently recuperating,” Aregbesola said.


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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo Urges Youths To Shun Corruption

Nigerian youths must innovate, think and act globally to become more relevant in this generation, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, has said.

Prof. Osinbajo said this during the South-West Youth Summit in Osogbo, Osun State capital today.

In a keynote address at the event tagged ‘West 2040’, the Vice President urged young people to shun corruption and other vices, and instead develop themselves by building integrity and seeking honest ways to make a lasting impact in society.

Prof. Osinbajo said, “You don’t have to steal, you don’t have to cheat or do anything untoward to get money. You must be determined to work hard, you must determine to be a person of integrity, determine to ensure that you build your works correctly, so that at the end of the day, you are able to enjoy whatever you have in peace.

“We must also recognise that every generation owes itself the duty of converting its challenges to opportunities and success. You must make contacts across the country, you must build bridges across the country; you must see yourself first and foremost as a Nigerian citizen. It is from this Nigeria that we would make the kind of progress that each and every one of needs. So while we are here locally, we must think nationally, and we must think globally. And we must act nationally, and we must act globally.”

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Aregbesola Urges Adams To Use New Position To Promote Regional Integration

Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has charged Aare Ona Kakanfo-designate, Otunba Gani Adams not to use his new position to precipitate war but to promote regional integration.

Aregbesola gave this admonition to Adams in Osogbo on Thursday when the new generalissimo visited him to invite him to his inauguration as the 15th Aare Ona Kakanfo on January 13.

He also urged the new Aare Ona Kakanfo to use his office to unite the Yoruba race and to promote the culture and the interest the people.

“War is a negative phenomenon; it is destructive, bitter, and cruel and it must therefore not be promoted by anyone. It must be condemned, rejected and discarded.

“So, you are not the Aare Ona Kakanfo to seek war and you must not seek war. We are not therefore celebrating you as the war general to precipitate crisis but your own general must promote peace, harmony, love and collaboration among the Yoruba people.”

Adams had earlier said he decided to invite Aregbesola because he was a genuine leader with great qualities.

He said, “I am proud of you. I am proud to be associated with you. You have made us proud. You have been able to do much despite the harsh economic situation.”

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Fuel Scarcity: Aregbesola Warns Against Hoarding

Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has warned petroleum marketers to desist from hoarding fuel, which has created artificial scarcity in the state and other parts of the country.

In a statement by his Media Adviser, Mr. Solar Fasure, the governor said the fuel scarcity had affected the joy of the Yuletide season.

The statement said: “It has come to the attention of Osun State government that the peace, joy and serenity of this Yuletide season is somewhat being marred by fuel shortage being experienced all over the country. This is most regrettable.

“The state government sympathises with the people of the state whose movements have been restricted or have had to spend valuable time on queues at filling stations.

“However, we have received assurances from the Federal Government and not less a person than President Muhammadu Buhari that the situation is being addressed, that more barges of fuel are being received and distributed at the moment and that the crisis will soon be over within the shortest possible time.

“The state government, therefore, urges fuel marketers to desist from hoarding, profiteering and other sharp and unethical practices that could exacerbate the situation, worsen the plight of residents and detract from our Omoluabistatus.”

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