reactions still trail the recent cold war between Osun State governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola and his Ondo State counterpact, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu, over the attack on the State Commissioner for Regional Integration, Mr. Bola ilori, in Akure, the ondo State capital, a human rights activist, Comrade Adeniyi, Alimi Sulaiman, has warned Mr. Aregbesola against sending non-indigene of the State to represent the State in any forum where decision that would affect the overall interest of the people State would be taken, saying that the action of the governor in sending Ilori to Akure meeting was acceptable to the good people of the State .
It will be recalled that Ilori, who is an indigene of Ondo Township in Ondo State but serving in the State as Commissioner, was attacked by some hoodlums in Akure penultimate Thursday during the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders’ meeting on much demanded restructuring of the country being clamoured for, by the every section of the country in recent time.
While reacting on the issue through a signed statement and copies were made available to newsmen on Tuesday, Comrade Sulaiman, who faulted Aregbesola for sending non-indigene to represent the interest of the State in a very sensitive gathering of that nature as if the state were not having qualified and competent person that could lead the team to the meeting, noting that he was unconcerned about the attacked on Ilori.
Sulaiman, who is Executive Chairman, Centre for Human Rights and Social Justice (CHRSJ), strongly condemned Aregbesola’s action by describing it as anti-Osun people, unpatriotic, irresponsible, irresponsive and slap on the face of Osun people, urging the good people of the State, particularly, the Elders of the State to come out openly and condemned this action of Aregbesola for poking finger into the eyes of Osun people.
According to him: “It is a slap on the good people of Osun State for Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to send Bola Ilori to represent the State in Ilori’s State of origin(Ondo) for an important meeting of that nature as if there is no competent indigene of the State that could represent her in such a sensitive gathering. They should be totally condemned by the well meaning people of Osun State so as not to make such action to repeat itself again from Aregbesola and anyone who may lead the State in the future”.
He then invoked the spirit of Osun River against those who are not to truly to represent Osun interest in any important forum of this nature but did so in fiat, should be death with more than that of Bola ilori’s scenario in Akure recently.
Sulaiman, who doubles as Chairman, Civil Societies Coalition for the Emancipation of Osun State (CSCEOS), later, demanded for public apology from Aregbesola to the good people of the State.