The Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola has on Monday, 31st August, 2015 acknowledged the Republic of Cuba as a nation that has demonstrated high capacity for international human compassion based on humanitarian commitment to the development of mankind.
The governor made this disclosure when the Ambassador of The Republic of Cuba to Nigeria, Mr. Carlos Trejo Soza paid a condolence visit to the governor on the demise of the Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuade at the Government House in Osogbo.
Aregbesola commended the Cuban government for its prompt response on the fight against the deadly epidemic of Ebola virus in West Africa.
He noted that the government of Osun was elated when all the religious associations in Cuba wrote to commiserate with the state on the demise of the monarch which included; Council of Elder Priests of Ifa of the Republic of Cuba, Council of Elder Priests Oba – Oriaye of Cuba and Council of Elder Iyalochas Priestesses of the Republic of Cuba.
Others according to him are; Council of Elder Babalochas Priests of Cuba, Council of Elder Arará Priests of Cuba and Council of Priests Chiefs of Cabildos of the Republic of Cuba.
Aregbesola stated that he shared in the ideologies of the Republic of Cuba, saying, in his political consciousness, Cuba is the focus of his activism.
Speaking on his relationship and love for Cuba, the governor recounted that his first child and son was sent to a Cuban university after his secondary education in Nigeria.
“This is an opportunity to let the whole world know how my son went to Cuba to study, he went to Cuba on scholarship from The Nigerian-Cuba Friendship, Business and Cultural Association for the 1999 year. He was there for six years.
“Interestingly, 2005 was the year the boy graduated from the University of Matanzas and again, it was very interesting that the person who accompanied me to his graduation that year was the present Vice-President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo. It is nice to recount all of these so that Nigerians will know how long and how far we have been with the Cuban people,” the governor stressed.
Speaking earlier, the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Carlos Trejo Soza noted that he is in Osun State to pay tribute on the late Ooni of Ife who he described father of the world.
The Cuban envoy prayed for the repose of the soul of the late monarch, saying, “we join wholeheartedly the pain of the Yoruba people worldwide, the state of Osun, the children and family of the late father of the world for the loss of such a dear father.
“Also aside from paying tribute to the late Ooni, I have come to pay homage to my ancestors, there is an enormous contribution that Africa, Nigeria most especially the Yoruba that has helped Cuba to develop.
“We will continue to keep tradition, religion and every relationships that we have with Africa, studies have shown that Cubans have a DNA that is hundred percent Africa and sixty percent from Yoruba, we have everything in common with the Yoruba”.
He told the gathering that he is not surprised that the state of Osun has a man who is highly respected in Cuba as its governor.
The Cuban Ambassador was in company with the Deputy Head of Cuban Commission to Nigeria, Mrs. Miriam Morales Palmero; and the wife of the Ambassador, Mrs. Nelba Peirg Morales.