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Oyo: An Open Letter To His Excellency, Engr. Seyi Makinde

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Sir,

Congratulations on your victory at the polls. Your success, in a way, was a personal victory for me as I was one of the many who prayed and worked for your success.

Excellency, your emergence, and that of Engr. Raufu Olaniyan, as the Governor and Deputy governor of Oyo state, seems to have signalled the beginning of better things ahead for the good people of the state.

The widespread expression of love with which people continue to greet you, now fondly calling you “GSM”everywhere you go, is overwhelming. You are like a long-awaited messiah who has come to turn around the fortunes of the state.

However sir, you may just fritter away this enormous goodwill that you presently enjoy within the first 100 days in office if care is not taken. The very same people hailing you will wonder if you are indeed a messiah, or ask if they should wait for another who is to come. Whether or not this would happen is all in your hands, sir.

The euphoria of election victory is over and now is the time for you to hunker down, choose your team, and execute your campaign promises of providing succour to the improvished citizens of Oyo state. Enough of thanksgiving services at churches and mosques already. To be honest, it is becoming boring. Now is the time to give thanks to God through quality service delivery to the people of Oyo state through governance based on fairness, equity and justice. Now is the time to speedily commence fulfilling your electoral promises to the people before politicians distract you with their selfish requests.

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Your excellency, now is the time to assemble men and women of impeccable reputation who will help actualise your laudable aspirations for the state.

It will not in any way speak well of your government to appoint men or women into sensitive positions when they have unresolved issues with the law bothering on fraud and misappropriation of public funds. Even though it is true that our constitution states that all are presumed innocent until proven guilty, if someone has been accused of dipping his hands into our collective purse, such a person should be given the honour of being allowed to clear his or her name. They should not be rewarded with sensitive positions in government. No matter how highly placed a person is within the Party’s hierarchy, if such a person must be compensated for whatever reason, it should be done in a way not obvious to the public.

Your excellency, the present romance with the people will not last long when you make questionable choices in picking men and women who will work with you. The opposition is patiently waiting for you to announce a choice that can be used to cause distractions for your government.

Sir, you are a very successful international business owner. You will agree with me that no person of your reputation, world over, would consider anybody with pending matters of fraud and misappropriation of funds in court for a position in their business until they are exonerated. Excellency sir, If you will not consider such persons for your own business, please resist the pressure to do so in Oyo state. Sir, by giving appointments to such persons, you may be unwittingly aiding them to destroy evidence, or intimidate potential witnesses, especially when the matter for which they were accused was committed against Oyo state.

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Your Excellency, we know you are every bit of an astute man. Please do act like one. Be firm, God made you governor of Oyo state. No man should be allowed to take the credit. Don’t hand ammunition to the opposition to take pot shots at you.

Your Excellency, I also want to applaud your choice of Chief Oyebisi Ilaka as Chief of staff; Tara Adefope head of Due Process and Prof Saheed H.A Malik as Chairman, Oyo state Muslim Pilgrims Board. These appointments without any doubts, are top notch. It is a clear case of placing round pegs in round holes. I implore your Excellency, to doggedly pursue this line of excellence with which you have started. Do not allow anyone stampede you into appointing people who will bring your administration to disrepute. Your are Omititun; fresh water. Please work with fresh and young people. If we must recycle from the old, let it be people with impeccable character and integrity.

And lastly sir, do not forget to fulfil your electoral promises to the people..

 

 

Kolawole Alabi is a public analyst resident in Ibadan,

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Appeal to  University of Ilorin Management | By Isreal Olayinka

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Parents of over 400 new 2019/2020 Jambites who were given admission into the University were asked to leave due to their lateness to pay school fees. This are student who passed IJMB,  passed post IJMB, paid acceptance fees, done their departmental registration, they have been receiving lectures and along the line they were told not to pay into the school portal because the portal was hijacked and some were told by their L A to finish departmental registration before paying schooi fees into the University portal.

 

But unfortunately, the University portal was closed and the management refused to open it even for late payment that attracts additional fee. The affected Jambites, student union, parents even some top lecturers appealed on behalf of the students but alas the management refused to open the University portal.

 

Then come the matric, over 400 Jambites were told to go back home, when IJMB 2020/2021 have closed. That means the affected students will be home for 2years before they can sit for another IJMB.

We, the parents of the affected JAMBITES hereby appeal to all Nigerians to please do what they can to help appeal to the management of the University to at least defer their admission for the year 2020/21 academic session, since they have the admission letters, and have paid and the University have recieved their acceptance fees.
Thank you.

By Pastor Isreal Olayinka

 

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Arotile: Mi Lord, permit me to cross-examine death | By Festus Adedayo

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When death strikes, there is no allowance for cross-examination by any lawyer, Ayinla Omowura, Yoruba’s Apala musician, sang in a tribute to a Joseph Osowumi, which he rendered as bi’ku ba de, ko si loya ti o s’ojuse… No, permit me to cross-examine this offender, Mi Lord!

The news of 22-year old Computer Science undergraduate of the University of Port Harcourt, Kenneth Gift, his girlfriend, Dandy Spice and mother, Dorah Aninah, arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for suspected computer compromise fraud in Agbor, Delta State and the death of first female combat pilot, Tolulope Arotile hit me about the same time. In a Nigeria where a preponderance of youths get entangled in fraud, literally walking about in a fog on the reason for their existence, you cannot but be downcast on hearing the news of the death of Arotile. I was.

The death of this inspiring young lady shook the entire country. It could not but be so. Arotile was like an oasis in a desert of bad news that had become the middle name of Nigerian youth. So there is such a class of brilliant, committed and patriotic young people here, at a time when all we see is ferment and hopelessness? So people still envision legitimate greatness and work towards it like this young pilot did, achieving renown and garlands at such tender age? So Nigerian youths are not all about internet scam, fraud and silly and slavish thirst to go abroad?

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Arotile’s death drew me into the barren rhetoric of questioning human existence all over again. Why did she have to die and not any one of those disreputable fellows who are engaged in illicit scams? Judging by the unholy antecedents of power equations, could Arotile have been parceled for her death as alleged in some quarters? If this is so, why would God allow this machination against a promising icon to fructify?

Whenever I am in a bind about needless deaths like this, I run to philosophy. I have mopped up enough epistles about death from the holy writs that don’t just add up, as they have grossly failed to assuage me. I have heard that being finite, when human beings die, existence continues beyond death and as such, Tolulope may be on a higher assignment from her Maker. This, both theology and philosophy agree, is so since assignments after death have higher and greater value than being in this world.

On why such a young flower like this must wither at plumule, I have heard Martin Heidegger, (1889-1976) in his bid to show that we are a “being toward death” say that, “As soon as we are born, we are old enough to die.” Yet, I am not satisfied. Seeking to satisfy me was Karl Jaspers, the German-Swiss psychiatrist and philosopher’s position about why Arotile had to die. Death is not the absolute end of the human being, he says, and a human being isn’t merely a physical entity. He is a deathless being, said Jaspers.

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To tell you the truth, I am still not satisfied. It is easier to put up with the deaths of human beings who have gone past their prime and have discharged enough assignments on this earthly journey. Indeed, the exit of those whose existence cause pain to mankind is even good riddance to bad rubbish. Not this Amazon, this heroine and a potentially great woman brutally cut down in her prime.

We must find out if indeed Arotile’s Maker willingly called her for a greater assignment. Or that she was wickedly pulled out from this miserable meal that mankind calls an engaging cuisine. Could she have been killed for revenge, to stop her rise in the dog-eat-dog military profession or to revenge her affront against Nigerian enemies in her strike from the air against insurgents?

It is heartwarming that the Nigerian Air Force has promised to probe Arotile’s death. After writing this last sentence which sounded as comforting as the melody of a banjo, I laughed at my own foolishness. What came out of Attorney General of the Federation, Ajibola Ige’s murder? What came out of the murder of Dr. Abayomi Oniororo, Ministry of Foreign Affairs son of Niyi Oniororo in circumstances almost similar to Arotile’s, nineteen years ago? Haven’t I lived long enough in Nigeria to know that good is never requited and bad never gets retribution?

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Who is an infidel? | By Adebayo Ojo

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This is a coinage of our two (2) Holy books- The Holy Quran and the Bible. There are many other Holy Books, but those 2 books are the prominent ones in our country.

In Islam, the infidels or Kuffr are those who do not subscribe to the tenets of Islamic faith. Christians are not regarded by the Holy Quran and Islam as infidels even though they don’t subscribe to the tenets of Islam. They are referred to as ” polytheists” because of their belief in Trinity.

Kuffr are the infidels because they do not believe in the existence of Allah and his prophets. Also, they do not believe in the day of judgement. They are what we know in common parlance as Pagans.

We also have the “Munafeqeen” who are even worse than the infidels. They are pretenders and or impostors who profess to believe in Allah and the Prophets whereas their conducts and behaviours are exactly opposite of what they profess.

Speaking for myself , pagans and atheists are not the same .

Nigerian Muslims and Christians are fond of referring to non-practitioners of their faiths as pagans and those they majorly referred to as pagans and infidels in Nigeria are our traditional worshippers.  Our various traditional religions as far as I am concerned are not neither pagans nor infidels, but they are adherents of whatever they believe in.

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We Africans have serious problems and they are complex problems . How can we allow foreign religions to subjugate and subvert our own religions to the extent that they have been blacklisted and labelled as idol worshippers and infidels. We worshipped and served God ( Eledumare) before the introduction  of Islam and Christianity into Nigeria. The only difference is that our modes of worshipping God is different from theirs.

We as Africans always feel inferior because same way that we were tricked and or indoctrinated to throw our traditional religions was the same manner we are doing away with our identities,languages,  food, clothing and many other  things that we are noted for or associated with. So sad and unfortunate.

I will use the story of Prophet Ibraheem ( PBOH) or Abraham to drive home my point.

Prophet Ibraheem or Abraham is described by both Islam and Christianity as the Father of faith because he redeemed his pledge to Allah or God that if God should give him a Son , he would offer the Son as a sacrifice to God or Allah. He kept that vow he made with Allah or God. He tried to slaughter his Son in obedience to Allah or God but it was said that Allah or God was pleased with his absolute faith and loyalty that He produced a live ram in replacement of his Son. The Son was thus saved and the ram was slaughtered in replacement.

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Let’s converse that story of Prophet Ibraheem or Abraham with that of the Ile-Ife heroine, Moremi who bravely undertook to rescue her people from the Ugbo marauders who were regularly invading Ile -Ife then and were always looting the town and also took them as slaves.

Before Moremi surrendered herself as captive of the Ugbo marauders, she went to River Esinmirin and vowed or pledged with the god or goddess of Esinmirin that if she should make her mission successful, she would give Esinmirin whatever it may ask of her.

Esinmirin told her that her mission would be successful, but that she must offer as sacrifice to it anything that first came out from her home to wellcome her on the way.

When she returned from Ugboland after a very successful mission, her only Son who had been bedridden since she left for Ugboland suddenly and mysteriously became well and rushed out to wellcome her mother on hearing of her heroic return.

Moremi felt very sad ,but in keeping faith with her vow or pledge to Esinmirin, she took her only child, the Son to Esinmirin river and threw her into the river in fulfilment of her pledge or vow.

I want very sound Muslims and Christians to please enlighten and educate me on the difference between the stories of Prophet Ibraheem or Abraham and that of Moremi.

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Why will history applauded Prophet Ibraheem or Abraham as a Believer and another history will adjudge Moremi as a pagan or infidel?

The second question that I need enlightenment on is – What was or is the religion of Prophet Ibraheem or Abraham that His God will demand for slaughtering of human being as offering?

 

Mutalubi Ojo Adebayo Esq, writes from Ibadan, Oyo state

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