Oyinlola Still Living In Fear Of Aregbesola’; Read Ogbeni’s Full Response To His Predecessor’s Statement Here
The counsel of the former governor of Osun, Brig General Olagunsoye Oyinlola (rtd), urging the Minister of Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, ‘to avoid doing anything that would suggest a plan to make the state ungovernable’ as reported by The Punch of November 25, 2020, is baffling in its gratuitousness.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) caucus in the National Assembly had planned some activities including a publiclecture and novelty football match on the anniversary of the return of progressive administration to Osun, as they have been doing every year. They invited Ogbeni Aregbesola to the event.
This coincided with the Minister returning to the state, in fulfilment of the presidential directive to all members of the Federal Executive Council to return home and engage their state governors and other critical stakeholders on security.
How then does a Minister returning home to carry out a critical presidential directive or attend a peaceful anniversary lecture amount to ‘doing anything that would suggest a plan to make the state ungovernable’? How is that a threat to anyone?
Oyinlola’s statement is a Freudian slip of the mortal fear that gripped him at the mention of Aregbesola’s name. He lived under that fear all through his illegally usurped second term and the futile shenanigans of keeping a stolen mandate, including suborning the judiciary, until he was kicked out by God-fearing judges of the Court of Appeal in Ibadan on November 26, 2010. Therefore, it is his own fear that he is dubiously projecting as public interest counsel. He overrates himself anyway, thinking anyone takes him seriously.
Brig General Oyinlola has lapsed into political oblivion, following his fruitless peripatetic junketing round the political parties until he returned home emptyhanded, forlorn and isolated. He is therefore mistaken if he thinks he can relaunch a dead political career by maligning Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola whose political stock has been rising since he successfully handed over to a successor, a member of his administrative team and his political party, two years ago.
But see who is preaching. Oyinlola’s tenure is particularly characterised by the most gut-wrenching violence visited on opposition members. His reign was rightly described as a siege on Osun, during which killings, rape, extortion and hoodlums and political thugs had free reign. How could he have forgotten all that and be offering empty platitudes to a governor whose two terms were adjudged by all to be peaceful?
Ogbeni Aregbesola is a man of peace. It is quite paradoxical that a man on a peace mission to Osun will be falsely accusedof planning to make the state ungovernable by a former military man whose professional calling was to trade in violence.
Aregbesola will continue to diligently and astutely serve the government and the people of Nigeria in any capacity it has pleased the good Lord to place him.
Media Adviser to the Minister of Interior
Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola