By Timothy Agbor, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola has broken his silence on the death of the late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade since the monarch died in a London hospital recently.
Speaking for the first time in public, Aregbesola said that the last short text message that he received from the late Oba Sijuwade would soon be revealed.
According to the governor, the message was touching promising to share the content of
the message with the people of the state when the situation becomes ripe to do so.
The governor while speaking at a special sitting at the Osun State House of Assembly on Friday, 7th August, 2015 to mark the 50th birthday of the Speaker of Osun Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salaam, explained that he discussed the message with the Ife Royal Traditional Council during his meeting with them in Osogbo over Ooni’s issue.
Aregbesola maintained that a traditional ruler does not die in Yoruba land and prayed for long live for all the traditional rulers present at the Assembly to felicitate with the Speaker on his golden jubilee birthday Anniversary.
He said the chiefs during the visit insisted that Ooni was alive.
Describing the Speaker in glowing terms, Aregbesola said Salaam deserves the prayer of all as he turns 50, saying the Osun at this
stage needs quality leaders to steer the state to the desired level among states in Nigeria.
“The effective leadership we have provided in this state with the massive delivery of people oriented programmes could not have been without the appropriate cooperation of the House under the Speaker.
“It is therefore pertinent to note that the Speaker has been a major factor in the delivery of good governance and this we are optimistic will continue.”
Aregbesola commended the Speaker for providing effective leadership for the House of Assembly through passage of various laws and other oversight functions for the smooth and unhindered progress of the state.