By Wale Adedayo
Son of man wept this morning after confirming that it is true that 68 Local Government Chairmen from Osun State are billed to attend a training in the United Arab Emirates. What? Osun ti ko l’owo? What is the Governor, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, thinking? Where is Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s position on this? And, where is Chief Bisi Akande?
Today, Osun State is always in the news or social media concerning insecurity, mostly about kidnappings or killings. Some Yoruba ‘leaders’ have also taken it upon themselves to raise a militia ‘to fight the Fulani invaders’, when in reality they are advertising their failures for the world to see. To me, it appears some of our leaders in Yorubaland have lost it.
But, then, it did not start today. They want to be noticed as being interested in the welfare of the Yoruba race. Sadly, the reverse is the case concerning the issue of the so-called Fulani herdsmen allegedly killing and maiming people all over the place. Unfortunately, and as usual, the gullible will blindly follow them taking their propaganda of self-promotion as Gospel Truth!
Yes, the Federal Government has responsibility for security throughout the Nigerian Federation. But it is the Governor of each state, who should be responsible for law and order in their areas of jurisdiction. The Yoruba leaders chanting anti-Fulani slogans and ‘O to ge’ among others should seek out former Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, and the Lagos State Police Command to learn how to handle the issue of insecurity.
Kidnapping for ransome reared its ugly head at some point in Lagos State, while Ambode was at the helm. Same for banditry and fuel theft by sophisticated gangs from the Niger Delta. The solution was not from Abuja. Ambode rallied the security chiefs in the state, who in turn made contacts with quality locals and solved the problem. If the problem of Badoo had been an Osun State one, maybe we’ll still be with it today. Not so with Lagos State. It was tackled immediately using every available initiative with quality support from Mr. Governor at the time.
Our so-called leaders should stop treating ringworm and face the existential issue of Governors in Yoruba states, who lack quality initiative and should not have been allowed near a Local Government. With all the real and media-created self-determination groups across Yorubaland, it is a shame that these ‘leaders’ or is it dealers should be disgracing the Yoruba by making us look helpless and lacking in the ability to make our land safe.
Osun State is Number One today concerning this noise about the so-called insecurity issue. Paucity of funds to properly run a modern administration has also been a problem in that state for upwards of eight years. Yet, behaving as if their Opolo has taken leave of them, scarce foreign exchange is being set aside for a jamboree in an Arab country!
The Osun State House of Assembly MUST as a matter of urgency wade into this. It is an issue that should engage the attention of our so-called leaders. But it is certain this does not concern them. If local government chairmen in Osun State want to be trained on how to properly run their affairs, Lagos State is the place to go for them, not this scandalous waste of the resources of a state with NOTHING to help the people.
Osun State, by the proposed Financial Pilgrimage to the UAE, remains a bad example of how a Yoruba state should be run. Our ‘O to ge’ people should move there. The Yoruba Council of Elders should summon enough courage to visit Osogbo and let Oyetola know this is wrong. The Obas, who want to use traditional means to contain rampaging killer herdsmen should ask Esu Odara Onile Orita to visit the callous politicians bent on wasting the scarce resources of Osun State on this needless Financial Pilgrimage!