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Osun At 30: Sultan, Ooni, Others Hail State’s Landmark Achievements

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Osun At 30: Sultan, Ooni, Others Hail State’s Landmark Achievements

The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminent Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, has described the achievements of Osun within its three decades of existence as commendable.

Abubakar made the remarks at a  colloquium organized by the state government to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the creation of the state on Thursday in Osogbo.

Sultan, who was the Chairman of the occasion, said that it was no surprise that in Osun’s  30 years of statehood, it had produced a galaxy of stars in all the sectors and areas of human endeavour.

He said the state was blessed in both human and natural resources, adding that the colloquium was a significant strategy for linking the past with the present and the future to build a sustainable enterprise.

Abubakar lauded Gov. Oyetola,  who he described as a gentleman governor, man of peace, man of honour, a statesman, a bridge-builder, a lover of development and a believer in one, strong and indivisible Nigeria.

Osun At 30: Sultan, Ooni, Others Hail State’s Landmark Achievements

Osun At 30: Sultan, Ooni, Others Hail State’s Landmark Achievements

” I have followed the programmes of Gov. Oyetola closely since his assumption of office.

“A deep thinker and a silent reformer and performer, he came into government with development agenda hinged on adequate, quality and equitable service in all sectors.

“He has also introduced people-oriented policies based on inclusive governance and sustainable development,” he said.

Also speaking Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Adeyeye Ogunwusi, paid glowing tributes to the past and present leaders in the state, adding that Osun is now better than how it was at creation.

He said “Osun is better today than it was when it was created. What we are having here today attests to this fact.

“The journey of 30 years began with some people’s efforts and we appreciate the founding fathers, past administrators and incumbent governor, for their contributions to the growth and development of Osun.”

In his keynote address, a former governor of the state, Chief Bisi Akande, lauded the founding fathers and past leaders of the state for what he described as laying a foundation for the prosperous future of the state.

In their separate remarks,  former administrators of the state retired Gen. Leo Ajiborisha, retired Capt. Anthony Udofia and retired Col. Theophilus Bamigboye, felicitated the government and the people of the state on the anniversary, urging all to continue to sacrifice for its growth.

In his remarks, Gov. Oyetola, congratulated the citizens of the  state, describing Osun as a full-grown entity that had surmounted its challenges with stoic resilience over the years of its existence.

“This colloquium has been designed as the intellectual arm of the 30th anniversary of our state.

” To interrogate the performances of the state so far, examine possible gaps and project for a sustainable future that we all crave for as a people and desire to bequeath to our posterity.

“As an administration, we have instituted this colloquium to celebrate our shared values and our collective resolve that have delivered the Osun that we desire.

” And to give vent to our dream to prosecute our development agenda, which is our strategy and road map to put our dear state on the path of sustainable development.

The colloquium was moderated by Prof. Niyi Akinnaso. Otunba Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, Dr Segun Aina, Prof. Banji Oyelaran-Oyeyinka, Dr Yemi Farounbi, Dr Reuben Abati, among others.

The panelists took turns to laud Osun’s sustainability in terms of infrastructure, health, security and education in spite of the paucity of funds.

NAN reports that Osun was created on Aug. 27, 1991, by the then military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida.

The state was carved out of the old Oyo State.

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2023: I Will Not Impose My Successor On Rivers — Wike

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Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers on Thursday said he would not impose any governorship aspirant of his choice on the people of Rivers come 2023.

Wike gave the assurance in a statement issued by Mr. Kelvin Ebiri, his Special Assistant on Media, in Port Harcourt.

He assured that the leadership of the party would meet to decide who to support at the appropriate time.

Wike however said that he is obliged to ensure that Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wins the 2023 governorship election in Rivers.

“One mistake I will not make is to impose somebody. From my experience as a student of history, reality has shown that it is difficult for you to say Joseph is the man I can trust.

”Until you give somebody power and money, that is only when you will know whether that person is trustworthy or not,” he said.

Wike stated that God would not allow someone who will destroy all the remarkable progress the state had made over the years to be the next governor.

”God will ensure that it is only someone who is courageous, firm and ready to protect the interest of Rivers that will succeed me.

“Rivers is a state that so many people have an interest in. It is a state that you have to put your feet on the ground. It is a state that you have to annoy a lot of Nigerians and a lot of Nigerians will hate you.

“But what is important is for you to know is what is good for your people and stand for your people. Do not allow personal interest to sway you against the interest of your people,” Wike stated.

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VIDEO: Moment Obi Cubana Met Wizkid Backstage At London Show

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Obinna Iyiegbu popularly known as Obi Cubana, a Nigerian entrepreneur, and businessman who chairs the Obi Cubana group of companies showed up at the O2 Arena in London venue of the talked about, a sold-out concert by Ayodeji Ibrahim Balogun, known as Wizkid.

Cubana like many other notable Nigerians was in attendance to support one of Nigeria’s most successful artists who kicked off the beginning of his O2 arena concert as he treated his 20,000 fans with premium entertainment for three nights in a roll.

On the first night, he had on stage with him other artistes like American Superstar Chris Brown. He also brought hitmaker Tems, Buju with the Golden Voice, British Singer Ella Mai, and British rapper Skepta who all featured in his ‘Made In Lagos’ album, as he performed songs from there.

The Popular socialite and businessman, who had shared a video of himself and Wizkid after his third night show at the O2 Arena, London wrote on his page, “Proud of you #wizkidayo“

Watch Video Below;

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Former Senate President Joseph Wayas Is Dead

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Former Senate President in the Second Republic, Joseph Wayas is dead.

The death of Joseph Wayas, was announced by Governor Ben Ayade’s spokesman, Christian Ita on Thursday.

According to the governor, Joseph Wayas gave up the ghost in the early hours of Tuesday in a London hospital.

Ayade said the late politician has left a lasting legacy that will be remembered for a long time, describing the death of the 80-year-old as a monumental loss to the state and Nigeria.

He, however, condoled with the family of Wayas and said his death is a “collective loss and the pains a shared one”.

The statement reads: “As a state, Cross River is in pains as we mourn the passing of our illustrious son. He was a rare gem. Dr Wayas’ demise is indeed a monumental loss to our dear state and Nigeria,” Ayade was quoted as saying.

“As Senate President, Dr Wayas contributed to the deepening of Nigeria’s democratic ethos through his robust and vibrant leadership of the upper legislative chamber.

“And since his retirement from active politics, the former Senate President had been playing a fatherly and stabilising role in the politics and affairs of our state.”

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