Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Ayo Ladigbolu: From Topping Arabic Classes To Being An Archbishop — The Man Who Defied All Odds


By Adebayo Abdulrahman

June 30, 2020
“Like all other children of the family the best education available was Islamic education. As the first male child from my father’s side of the family, I had the very best Islamic teachers to teach me the Quran. I became well-versed in the Quran and the tenets of the religion of Islam. I very quickly rose to become an assistant to one of the most prominent Muslim scholars and evangelists in Yorubaland.” — Ayo Ladigbolu.

Born on the 27th of June, 1938, Archibishop Ayo Ladigbolu was the favorite of the people to become the next Alaafin when he was young because as the the first child from his father’s side of his family and a prince under the mentorship of an itinerant popular evangelist and preacher, Papa Ladigbolu’s deep understanding of the Islamic religion stood him out anytime he preached to the people of the town.

His popularity among the people grew, and many of them openly prayed for the day when the old king would pass away, and he would become their king and champion of the cause of Islam but this never came to pass because his inquisitive nature and yearn for answers to questions soon transformed the form of gospel he preached.

In The Beginning

His deep knowledge of the Islamic religion were not from birth, it was the result of a prince whose yearning for knowledge was boosted by his access to the ‘very best Islamic teachers’.

At the age of six in 1944, he enrolled in Arabic school and the training occupied most of his time. Despite his tight schedule for learning in Arabic school, young Ayo Ladigbolu still created time to watch cultural events and chieftaincy installations at the palace every week.

Through all these experiences, he was exposed to Yoruba cultural values, norms and practices such as Ewi (poem), folktales, folklores and idiomatic expressions.

Ayo Ladigbolu has a very good retentive memory. At the Arabic school, he was reported to be the fastest learner among his colleagues. This eventually made him to graduate from the Arabic school ahead of his mates.

A Brilliant Who Flew From Elementary One To Standard One

In 1951, one of Ayo Ladigbolu’s uncles, Baba Amusa Adebimpe who was a school teacher approached his father to let him see reasons why Ayo should be allowed to go to school. His father granted the request and he was enrolled in L.A primary school Isale-Oyo in January 1952 when he was fourteen (14) years old. His Arabic knowledge coupled with his age as well as his exposure to events at the palace immeasurably sharpened his brain and enlarged his intellectual horizon. He was so brilliant that the school had to promote him from elementary one to standard one.

Even though he spent only one year in Elementary school, Ayo Ladigbolu started honing his writing skills while he was in elementary class. He was so good that he served as the Editor of his school’s newsletter between 1945 and 1955.

He then proceeded to Durbar Modern Secondary School, where his writing skills was practically employed for reportorial and sport commentary purposes.

While he was in Elementary School, he worked as a freelance journalist to Daily Service and Nigeria Tribune. He was also his school’s Sport commentator

The Birth Of A Fearless Christian

He was first introduced to Christianity by a friend when he was a teacher at Akinwumi village in Oyo State. Since he had always believed he could not satisfy the demands of Allahu under the burden of sin, his friend’s confidence about life and death impelled him to be curious to know about his religion and why his friend was confident about God and he was not.

Hear him: “As I went from the Old Testament to the New Testament, I found that there were matters, statements and claims about which I needed to ask questions – particularly about Jesus the Son of Mary. These people did not give me any satisfactory answer to these questions …I became more curious about the Bible and read it over and over without fully understanding all I was reading, except the familiar Old Testament portions.”

“The beauty of my friend’s Christian life, and the certainty and assurance evident in his witnessing, convinced me that I too needed this Jesus if he could set me free from the burden of my sin and my fear of death and judgement, and further enhance my prestige by making me a prince in the royal courts of heaven.”

Against All Odds

Bearing in mind the prospects of his ascension to the exalted throne of his father and for the fact that ‘the kingmakers were all Muslims’, Ayo Ladigbolu knew that announcing his conversion to anyone was dangerous, so he kept it to himself.

However, on the first Sunday in January 1963, he mustered the courage and went to the Methodist Church, tengba, Apaara, as a new convertee. Even though he thought no one saw him on his way go church upon getting his father confronted him.

Narrating his ordeal that day, he said, ‘the first thing my father said was, “Welcome back from CHURCH. What in the whole world took you into a church?” At that moment, I was sweating profusely all over my body. I felt as if my tongue were tied with a rope at first. I did not know what to say in reply. All of a sudden I found myself speaking, but the words I spoke were not coming from me. I just lost all consciousness of where I was, and I was speaking. After what seemed like a long time, my eyes opened and I saw that everyone sat or stood quietly gazing at me. No one was talking.

‘All the elders of the family were there. My mother too was present. They all just stared at me. Then my mother suddenly burst into tears. A lot of them began wailing. I later learned that they thought I had been possessed by an evil spirit or that I was showing signs of a mental problem. In the midst of their wailing, I was able to say to them, “A young man told me about Jesus Christ, and I found what he told me to be true. I needed to escape from the anger of God, and Jesus had rescued me. When I asked Jesus to come into my heart, I felt him come! Jesus is real to me. He is a living Savior. I will follow him the rest of my life.”

My mother came forward, laid prostrate in front of me and pleaded, “Ayo, you are throwing away everything I have lived for. You are putting my life in danger. You are putting your youthful life at risk.” She continued, “Don’t you see the future ahead of you, and all possibilities? Don’t you consider what will happen to me?” She just went on and on, and I could not control my tears because she was sobbing as she pleaded with me to reconsider my decision. But the die had been cast and there was no going back. I had tasted the Lord Jesus Christ and found him sweeter than honey.’

From Oyo To Texas

After weathering against the storm against all odds he went to the Emmanuel Seminary College.

After spending three years at Emmanuel Seminary College, he was supposed to serve under a superior official as a probationary minister for three years before ordination. But his case was different. In his final year, he won a scholarship admission to study theology at Southern university in Texas. He spent less than two years for three years programme. He resumed in 1973 and graduated in 1975 with Master of Art (M.A).

The Return Of A Religious Leader Who Understands The Place Of Culture

Ayo Ladigbolu returned to Nigeria in 1977 and reported to Methodist headquarters Lagos from where he was posted to Shagamu as Principal, Methodist Theological Institute, Shagamu. He was ordained in 1977 after he became a priest (Minister).

While serving as Principal, Methodist Theological Institute, Shagamu, he was also managing Methodist Communication Department. He was also in-charge of decons’ examinations. As a Principal, he pioneered the training of women ministers and deaconess. He remained the Principal of Methodist theological institute, Shagamu, until 1984.

Ayo Ladigbolu was elected as Bishop in 1984 at Otupo in Benue state. He left Shagamu after he was elected Bishop and relocated to Ifako-Ekiti formally under Ondo state and now under Ekiti state as a Bishop to head the diocese of Ifako which covered all the present Akoko, Akure, Owo and entire Ekiti land.

Ayo Ladigbolu’s adherence to culture was not limited to promotion of culture and celebration of festivals, he has been a major reference point when it comes to socio-cultural and political development of Yoruba land.

His understanding of culture is as strong as his ancestral ties to the royal family.

Speaking on culture during an interview PUNCH after the inauguration of Otunba Gani Adams as the Aare Ona Kakanfo where he played a major role, he said “Nobody has given me any good reason why I should withdraw from cultural matters. What is culture? My culture is me, the totality of my existence. The clothes I wear, the food I drink, the song I sing, the drum I dance to, my language and other forms of communication with my people and so on, are my culture and identity.

“A lot of people mix culture with religion. Every culture has its own religion. The European culture has its own religion, part of which was brought into our own environment and culture. Culture and idol worship are not the same thing. Idol worship is part of some peoples’ religion.

“Anyone involved in culture is not necessarily expected to be an idol worshipper. There is nothing relating to idol worshipping in the inauguration of Aare Ona Kakanfo.”

FG's Directive On Schools Reopening: PDP Commends Makinde For Maintaining Oyo State Pacesetting Profile


June 30, 2020
Hours after the Federal Government directed the reopening of schools to allow the resumption of final year primary and secondary school classes, the Oyo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lauded the state governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde, for maintaining the pacesetting profile of the state.

The PDP, in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Engr. Akeem Olatunji, stated that the decision of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 to allow the resumption of certain classes was a complete adoption of the proposals earlier announced by the government of Oyo State, two weeks ago.

The statement added that the Federal Government also deserves commendations for adopting Makinde’s well-thought-out policy, adding that it was a confirmation that the Federal Government “does not feel too big to adopt well-thought-out policies and steps already taken by Oyo State in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic”.

According to Olatunji, the directive of the Federal Government came a two weeks after the Oyo State government had directed that schools be open to teachers, who are to put some guidelines in place across schools ahead of the resumption of students in Primary 6, Junior Secondary School III and Senior Secondary School III.

He added that though the state government’s decision was criticised by opposition party members and even a minister of the Federal Government, it is heart-warming that the Federal Government has come around to adopt the policy, a development which he said showed that the Federal Government recognised the soundness of the Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force.

Olatunji, who stated that this is not the first time the Federal Government would be adopting the Oyo State template in the fight against COVID-19, pointed out that President Muhammadu Buhari announced partial lockdown, adopting the dusk to dawn curfew approach put in place by Governor Seyi Makinde at the inception of the COVID-19 challenge in the state.

He also lauded the Federal Government for retaining the curfew in line with the Oyo State government example.

The PDP advised members of the APC in Oyo State, whom it accused of speaking before thinking most of the times, to submit themselves to the tutelage of the APC-controlled Federal Government, which “never shies away from copying the Oyo State government when need be on any positive policy or programme”.

The statement read: “We in the Oyo State PDP commend Governor Seyi Makinde for living up to expectation in setting the pace for others and even the Federal Government.

” We also commend the Federal Government for the initiative it took to announce that schools will be reopened to students in graduating classes”.

“We see the initiative as bold because it was an adoption of a policy already put in place by the Oyo State government and the Federal Government did not consider political correctness in following a policy that has proved to be well-thought-out”.

“It will be recalled that the Oyo State Task Force announced two weeks ago that teachers should resume to schools on June 29 to put in place hand wash points and other protocols ahead of the resumption of students in terminal classes a week after”.

The government had also gone ahead to raise a special task force to monitor the preparedness of the schools, issuing several guidelines on wearing face masks and sitting arrangement for the students in line with the COVID-19 protocols.

“Governor Seyi Makinde has, since the beginning of the COVID-19 challenge, been saying that the Oyo State Task Force on COVID-19 has been following science, logic and data in its fight against the virus. The latest directive of the Federal Government, which is an adoption of the school reopening policy that one of its ministers criticised, has proved Governor Makinde right”. Olatunji concluded

Monday, June 29, 2020

Chief Akindele; We Lost A Patriot And Business Mentor - Kola Balogun | Southwest-frontier News


June 29, 2020
Senator representing Oyo South in the 9th national Assembly, Dr. Mohammed Kola Balogun has described the death of Chief Bode Akindele, the Parakoyi of Ibadan Land and Chairman of Madandola Group as a terrible blow, loss of a patriot and good business mentor to the younger generation.

According to the statement by the Special Adviser on media to the Senator, Chief Bode Akindele was a great businessman and philanthropist. He was a shining example of upright Nigerian businessman of international repute, with arms of his conglomerate in many countries. "This is yet another terrible blow but we take solace in the fact that he finished strong and very accomplished at 87 years."

Senator Kola Balogun concluded his message by condoling the immediate family members, the Governor of Oyo State, the Olubadan of Ibadan, the good people of Ibadan, Oyo State and Nigeria in general. "We pray God gives the family and associates the fortitude to bear the loss and continue from where Baba Akindele stopped. Baba Akindele was indeed a very great man in every ramification". 

Rotimi Johnson Ojasope

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Covid-19: Fg Makes Clarification For Another Lockdown From Next Month | Southwest-frontier News


June 28, 2020

Chairman of the Presidential Task Force, Boss Mustapha on Thursday said he would return Nigeria to another lockdown if he had the powers to do so.

Mustapha during the daily briefing said even though it would not be palatable to the ear, locking down Nigeria again will be the best option going by the rate citizens are flouting the guidelines order.

The clarification was in reply to a question seeking to know, if the federal government might be considering another review of the total lockdown.

The war with this Coronavirus has really affected us and our areas of specialisation. So, in order for us to prevent the spread of the virus, the federal government has ruled out the possibility of imposing another lockdown on the country.

Total lockdown was imposed on the FCT, Lagos and Ogun States for about 6 weeks at the start of the pandemic, in the light of the rapid daily increase in the number of Corona cases around the world.

As claimed by him, “You want to hear the truth? If it were within my powers this is the time to lockdown.

“Lockdown might not be a popular thing but this is the time to lockdown because I can see the attitude of Tom and Jerry.

“I saw a real romance with Covid -19 today. Romance of people behaving as if the matter (virus) is over.

“It is a very serious issue and my appeal to Nigerians listening is that; let us take this thing (virus) serious.

“By now, with 500 plus fatalities you can’t be ignorant, you can’t say you don’t know of anybody that has fallen victim either by way of name or pictures but today they are no more.”

Clarifying further however, Boss Mustapha said another lockdown might not be necessary, while the federal government in terms of strategic implementation of it’s policy, would not be looking towards that direction, as the country cannot be moving forward and begin to move backward again.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

How Former Oyo State Governor, Ajimobi, Was Defrauded Of N50m After Dispatching Private Jet To Fetch Fake Drugs From Bangladesh


June 27, 2020

The last days of former Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi, who died on Thursday at First Cardiology Hospital in Lagos following Coronavirus complications, were devoid of peace as he was defrauded of N50m right on his sickbed.

Ajimobi was rushed to the hospital weeks ago after his health deteriorated significantly and soon slipped into a deep coma he never recovered from until he passed away on Thursday.

In the period doctors were battling to save his life at the Lagos hospital, family members desperate to keep him alive reached out to a handful of Nigerians they knew abroad to help get a sizeable quantity of Remivir to be administered on him.

Manufactured in Bangladesh, the antiviral drug was previously tested in humans with Ebola virus disease and has shown promise in treating severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) caused by Coronavirus, according to United States National Institutes of Health.

First, the assignment for the search for the drug was given to a Nigerian in Texas, United States, to see if he could help get it.

After days of contacting several trusted persons for the 'project', he gave up the search as the tight monitoring of the drug by the US government made it almost impossible for it to be moved out of hospitals.

The $50,000 paid was returned after another search for the drug in a hospital in Los Angeles, California, did not also materialise.

The hospitals contacted had only limited dose of the drugs, which is closely monitored by the US authorities desperate to stop the rising number of deaths related to Coronavirus.

After failing to get the drug in the US, members of Ajimobi circle turned attention to Bangladesh were it is being produced.

A Nigerian assured them of getting the needed quantity of Remivir to administer on the ex-Oyo governor and help save his life.

Subsequently, a jet and N50m was dispatched to the Asian country for the purchase and delivery but sadly the drugs procured by the Nigerian man was all fake.

He pocketed large chunk of the money and left the former governor to battle for his life at the Lagos hospital where for at least one week he was on a life support machine before he eventually died.

"All our guys here in the United States couldn't risk it because of the war act invoked by President Donald Trump that the drug should not get out of America.

"It is something I was involved in from the beginning. In fact, we gave $50,000 to one of our Nigerian guy who is a doctor in Los Angeles but he returned the money. He said the hospital had only 100 dose and everything was monitored on how it is used.

"But one Nigerian guy defrauded them after claiming he could get it in Bangladesh.

"They sent a flight and paid about N50m but the drug they got from him was fake," one of those privy to the search for the drugs told SaharaReporters.

It was gathered that the disappointment from that development further added to the pain of those close to the former governor, who passed away at the age of 70 on Thursday.

Source: Sahara Reporters

Friday, June 26, 2020

Abiola Ajimobi's Death: An Unbelievable Reality, Ibadan Has Lost An Illustrious Son --- Oyo PDP Mourns


June 26, 2020

The Oyo state chapter of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lamented that the death of immediate past governor of the state, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, was an unbelievable reality starring in the face of everyone.

The ruling party in a press statement signed by its state publicity secretary, Engr Akeem Olatunji, and made available to journalists in Ibadan on Friday (today), described Ajimobi's death as very sad and unfortunate.

According to the statement, Oyo PDP described late Ajimobi as one of illustrious sons of Ibadanland with special grace upon him adding that part of evidence of such special grace gave the ex governor the credit of a jinx breaker having served as the first governor ever in the history of Oyo state to serve two terms of four years each.

Oyo PDP noted that even though politics placed the late governor and the the ruling party at opposing divides, his contributions to state and national development as governor and Deputy National Chairman of APC while in office could not be overlooked.

The statement reads in part: "we, the entire Oyo state PDP family are deeply saddened and bereaved of one of the most accomplished and  illustrious sons of Ibadanland, a leader, a jinx breaker, a compatriot, a father, a brother, and a friend, who passed on today 25th of June on account of COVID-19.

"Words may never be able to capture our deepest sadness as a people and as a political party with deep sense of brotherhood regardless of political divides.

"The news of former governor Abiola Ajimobi's passing got to us with rude shock which can best be described as unbelievable reality that stares in our faces helplessly.

It is no gainsaying that the former governor served both the nation as a Senator of the federal republic and also served the state as governor leaving indelible mark upon some of which our government is building on.

"It is an established fact that death is an inevitability for human beings but the death of Ajimobi is inarguably one death too many.

"We, the entire PDP family and Oyo state at large are particularly saddened by the fact that year 2020 has brought so much bitter pills so hard to swallow into our mouths beginning with the death of one of PDP's founding fathers in Nigeria, late Chief Richard Akinjide to former Speaker, Oyo state house of assembly and immediate past Commissioner For Environment And Natural Resources, Rt Honourable Kehinde Ayoola, and now former governor Abiola Ajimobi.

"We pray that God should grant the departed soul eternal rest, and we have faith in God to give the entire members of the All Progressives Congress, both at state and national levels the grace to surmount this painful time.

"We can not question the will of God because He is the All Knowing God but we take comfort in the legacies and family the former governor left behind.

The ruling party in Oyo state, commiserates with the entire Ajimobi family and we prayed God grant them the fortitude to bear the irreplaceable loss."

Engr Akeem Olatunji
Publicity Secretary 
Oyo State PDP

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Sen Balogun Mourns Governor Ajimobi, Describes His Death A Very Sad News | Southwest-frontier News


June 25, 2020
The Senator for Oyo South district in the ninth national Assembly, Dr. Mohammed Kola Balogun has described the death of Senator Ajimobi as a very sad news, though we have been apprehensive of his health status for about a week. The health of the Deputy National Chairman has been issue of concern to well wishers since the news of his hospitalization about three weeks ago, but more worrisome since last week, after he was rumored to have passed away.

Some of us joined family and friends to pray for his quick recovery; for God to deliver him from the grip of Covid 19. According to Sen Balogun; "Gov Ajimobi would be remembered for breaking jinx of second term in Oyo State and for other daring developmental projects. Without mincing words, we have lost another illustrious son of Ibadan, a great politician and administrator; a former Senator for Oyo South and two term governor of Oyo State. We would have loved to have him with us for more years but God loves him more and knows better".

Senator Kola Balogun concluded his message by expressing his heartfelt condolence to the wife of the late former Governor, Chief Mrs Florence Ajimobi and other members of the family, Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, the Olubadan of Ibadan, leaders and members of the All Progress Congress in Oyo State and Nigeria as a whole. 

"Also, our people should be more prayerful, careful and take every precaution as directed by Covid 19 task force. Together, we shall overcome this pandemic. 

Rotimi Johnson Ojasope



June 25, 2020
If democracy is truely the government of the people, for the people, by the people, there should be no room for Godfathers. Godfathers are the antithesis of democracy. They arrogate to themselves the powers that should ordinarily belong to the people. They subjugate the will of the people expressed at the polls and impose their own. Right from the level of political party primaries,  candidates are selected, not elected. Many a time, the choice of the people at the general elections is subsituted for the Godfather's, usually with the connivance of a compromised judiciary! Godfathers hold the people to ransom and corner the resources of the state. They are the reason our nascent democracy is still nascent and may remain nascent for a very very long time! 

The Nigerian political landscape abound with many examples and illustrations. Once a politician is opportuned to hold a key political office, he not only seek to amass as much personal wealth as he could through that position, he also seeks to succeed himself by installing a stooge, to guarantee the continued milking of that particular cash cow! Former Senators, former House of Representatives Members, former House of Assembly Members, even former Supervisory Councillors at the Local Govt, all want to transmute into political institutions! They all want to be Godfathers! But, by far the most favourite launching pad of would-be Godfathers is the governorship platform. Every former Governor wants to be a Godfather! The temptation to keep their hands in the pie of their state's resources proving too much to resist for them. Moreso, with the example of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu urging them on! Many have told themselves, 'If Tinubu can do it in Lagos State, I can do it here!'. And thereafter, the democractic development and the peace of their state goes to the dogs! Why not give the same people that chose you to be Governor the opportunity to choose your successor? Transmuting into political godfather after installing a godson as successor is not an exact science, more often than not, it ends in a political fiasco! Examples abound: Godswill Akpabio/ Udom Emmanuel; Chimaroke Nnamani/ Sullivan Chime; Rauf Aregbesola/ Adegboyega Oyetola and now, Oshiomole/ Obaseki. The good people of Edo State are on the threshold of history! And I dare say, sooner or later the people of Lagos State will get their chance, much as the people of Kwara did! 

Our democracy will never develop as long as we continue to nurse, suckle and pamper Godfather! As a true-born, Yoruba-bred son, I am ever full of respect for elders and anybody that has gone ahead of me on any path I wish to tread, but my allegiance is always to the people! 

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Paradigmatic Shift in Governance: A Techno-Political GSM Style | Southwest-frontier News

Paradigmatic Shift In Governance: A Techno-political Gsm Style

June 24, 2020
Africa has been hailed as a continent of greatness and has been the home and origin of several great leaders. Take note that Governor Seyi Makinde is not yet an African leader (President) but with his roadmap of accelerated growth for development, it is evident that he is on the threshold of being considered as a living legend and a history maker. You can have look  at a culled list from Africa Ranking, that takes a look at 10 of the greatest African leaders which perhaps after the first 4 years in office he would have ranked as one of them.
Without further ado, here are the top 10 greatest African leaders of all time.

10) Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf is the 24th and current President of Liberia. She is Africa’s first elected female head of state. She won the 2005 presidential election and assumed the office on 18 January 2006. Many people have praised her for bringing stability back to Liberia after years of civil war. She was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize. Under her able leadership, people of Liberia can expect a glorious future for their country.

9) Samora Machel
Samora Machel was the first President of Mozambique. He served the country as its president from the time it gained its independence in 1975 till he died in 1986. He was a military commander and a revolutionary socialist. He was a thoughtful leader and was respected by the people of Mozambique. His actions and ideology are helping many people of Mozambique even today. He died mysteriously in a plane crash.

8) Jomo Kenyatta
Jomo Kenyatta was the first President of Kenya. Kenya gained independence in 1963. Jomo Kenyatta served as the leader of Kenya from the time it became independent till his death in 1978. He was the Prime Minister between 1963 and 1964, and President between 1964 and 1978. He brought stability and economic growth to Kenya. He pursued a pro-Western, anti-communist economic philosophy and foreign policy. He also oversaw his country’s admission to the UN.

7) Thomas Sankara
Thomas Isidore Noel Sankara served as the President of Burkina Faso between 1983 and 1987. He seized power in 1983 at the age of 33 in an endeavor to eliminate corruption and the dominance of the former French colonial power. Many people call him “African Che Guevara.” He was a military captain, pan-African theorist, Marxist revolutionary and feminist. He was an icon for many young Africans in the 1980. Even today he is a hero for many people in Burkina Faso. They praise his integrity and selflessness. Sankara was assassinated by an armed group on October 15, 1987.

6) Patrice Lumumba
Patrice Emery Lumumba founded the mainstream Mouvement national congolais (MNC) party. He played a major role in campaigning for independence from Belgium. He was the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Congo. This Congolese independence leader called for national unity and overall African independence. After the nation fell under the control of military leader Joseph Mobutu, this great leader was arrested and taken to Katanga, where he was killed on 17 January 1961. Unfortunately United Nations did not intervene to save him.

5) Julius Nyerere
Julius Kambarage Nyerere is one of Africa’s most respected figures. He was the first President of Tanzania and held the office from 29 October 1964 to 5 November 1985. He voluntarily stepped down in 1985. He was premier when Tanganyika was granted internal self-government, and was made president on independence in 1961. In 1964 he successfully negotiated the union of Zanzibar and Tanganyika, resulting in today’s Tanzania. This great leader guarded himself against corruption. He was respected by many world leaders of his time.

 4) Haile Selassie
Haile Selassie was a member of the Solomonic Dynasty. He served Ethiopia as its regent from 1916 to 1930 and as its emperor from 1930 to 1974. He fended off an invasion by Italy. In 1936, at the League of Nations, he condemned the use of chemical weapons by Italy against his people during the Second Italo-Ethiopean War. He played a significant role in starting the Organization of African Unity. His views resulted in Ethiopia becoming a charter member of the UN.

3) Alpha Oumar Konare
Alpha Oumar Konare served as the President of Mali for two terms between 1992 and 2002. During his tenure as president, he boosted the country’s economy and fostered democracy. He was the chairperson of African Union between 2003 and 2008. He relentlessly worked for peace and integration in the West African region. He served as the president of ECOWAS in 1999 and UEMOA in 2000.

2) Kwame Nkrumah
Kwame Nkrumah was the leader of Ghana and its predecessor state, the Gold Coast, from 1951 to 1966. He was the first Prime Minister of Ghana. He was one of the founding members of the Organization of African Unity, which later became African Union. He was an outspoken advocate of Pan-Africanism.

1) Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela is best known for his involvement in South Africa’s anti-apartheid movement. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, this leader of international repute directed a campaign of peaceful, nonviolent defiance against South African government and its racist policies. Later he served as the President of South Africa from 10 May 1994 to 14 June 1999. Today he is regarded as a symbol of global peace and he is considered the best leader in the history of Africa. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. He passed on in 2013.

Back to Nigeria, we have had series of leader with only few in the good books of the citizens. June 12 was recently celebrated with people touting Chief Moshood Kasimawo Olawale (MKO) Abiola as the best President Nigeria never had. In retrospect to political landmark of Oyo State politics, we have had load of governors with good, bad and ugly precedents while posterity would judge. As a constructive writer, I would not want to adjudge GSM as the best but only time will tell. Let us briefly consider some of his actions based on: serving with fear of God, blocking of holes of looting, contracts being awarded at modest cost, patronising local contractors and taking state to self sustainable status.

   The unimaginable actions of GSM based on public assets declaration, assenting to financial improprieties (Anti-graft Law) meaning that it is business unusual from the God fearing chief executive officer of the pacesetter state. Besides, "it is an attempt to block the holes of looting"

On Security, Governor Seyi Makinde, (GSM) has solidified the security apparatus in the state having procured ultramodern patrol vehicles to the Nigerian Police in the state and rebranded the existing Operation Burst inherited from the previous administration with the state of art facilities. Aside that, GSM led-government launched a toll-free call service of 615 for citizens to report security issues/challenges in case of any. It is important to note the Amotekun Security Architecture in collaboration with other southwest governors in a bid to curb societal upheavals.

The re-awarding of Iseyin-Moniya road as we all know was due to the bloated contractual agreement between the previous government and the contractor. This is to ensure quality service delivery, modest contract cost and ploughing back to the treasury of the state as local contractor is managing the project "KOPEK".

Boosting agriculture and food security in the state through partnership with Farmcrowdy, a leading Agritech company in Nigeria. Farm settlements to boost agriculture have flagged off (Akufo and Eruwa) and initiated to make the state the food basket of the nation with endowed arable land and human resources. This is an attempt to make the state self-sufficent, self-reliant and self a sustainable without over depending on the monthly federal allocation.

Similarly, Speaker of the Oyo State House of Assembly, OYHA, Mr. Adebo Ogundoyin who lauded the cordial relationship that exists between the legislature and the executive, maintained that the assembly would not be derailed in its role to ensure that the electorates enjoy good governance.

On his plan for the remaining three years, Oyo State helmsman, Governor Makinde said his government has identified critical areas to develop the state, promising that his vision in the next three years is to reverse the negative socio-economic problems facing Oyo state.

God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria, long live the pacesetter state under the God fearing and pro-masses government of GSM and his techno-political crew.

 Olawale Aremu writes from Ibadan

Sunday, June 21, 2020



June 21, 2020

The Supreme Forum of Yoruba Youths under the leadership of Comrade Femi Awogboro has  condemned  in totality, an inflammatory and insulting statement credited to the President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Shettima Yerima and will not join issues with him

Presently, the SFYY is working ascidiously to support the government of southwest region on tackling the spread of Corona Virus disease through community sensitization programmes and possible local means to curb novel COVID-19, but the tribalistic statement from some jobless Arewa youths is becoming unjustified as Nigerians team up in battling our common enemy, COVID-19

To set the record straight,the SFYY are mainly for progress of the South west region and oneness of Nigeria but statement credited to one Mr Yerima  lacks integrity and sincerity in its entirety. 

"It is high time Yerima realized that the strength of democracy lies in its inclusiveness,it is a form of government that gives power to all not a section of the country .So,any region that possesses megalomaniac traits is endangering the lofty ideals of democracy'', Awogboro stated. 

According to Awogboro, Arewa Consultative Forum statement displays arrogance and high level of selfishness and insincerity hence the need to remind Yerima and his group that this is Nigeria, and not the feudal North.

Any individual who is devising sordid means to be getting crumbs from greedy politicians,any jobless youth who wants to use politics as a mean of scaling wall of poverty should not use our multi ethnic structure in a negative way to achieve  that.

The submission of Yerima clearly portrays him as a puppet, histrionic and someone who wants to advance a course that notable northern leaders are dissociating themselves from. 

Nigeria is a developing country, this status gives anybody that really wants to grow the ample opportunities in different fields of human endeavors rather than thinking on how to become a political jobber and a willing tool in the hands of political Shylocks. 

As youths we should eschew primordial and primitive tribal/regional sentiment,Nigeria needs a leader that can unite,build our economy, fight insecurity, reposition almajirai system, fight thuggery and hooliganism. Hunger is rife in a major oil producing country of ours,a leader that will take the mantle and guide us into achieving these should be our thematic preoccupation not someone sitting in a comfort of his room advancing tribal/regional sentiment.

"On a final note, Yerima is asked to withdraw his statement and apologize for the interest of peace". - SFYY

Signed : 
Comrade Femi Awogboro
National President,
Supreme Forum of Yoruba Youths

Com. Wahab Olarewaju
National Secretary

Com. Balogun Ridwan 
National Publicity Secretary

Seyi Makinde And Populism - By Abolade Olosun | Southwest-frontier News


June 21, 2020

"Yes, of course, Makinde is a populist. Every Governor locked down their state,  because he wanted Oyo people to see him as a friendly governor that doesn't want any hardship for them, he refused to lock down the state" 
"How I wish the Coronavirus patients in Oyo State multiply geometrically and we record thousands of COVID-19 patients, I will be so happy" 
"Free education my foot! a parent should be able to pay a token for his children's education. How do you value what you don't pay for. 
Three thousand naira shouldn't be a burden for responsible parents, many are paying hundred of thousands for their wards"

The above was part of the responses I got from one of my friends who belongs to the major opposition party in Oyo state. He was ranting furiously and feels so disgusted about Governor Seyi Makinde mode and style of governance. 
He made it clear they do not cherish it at all,

 It is not always difficult to sense and see the big "disappointment" in them whenever you have opportunity to be together in a gathering or engage them on social media platforms. 

To them Makinde is a populist, a big one that is making them sleepless.

Populism has become a household slang for the oppositions in the state  since the time my big brother, a legal luminary from my domain, Ido LG went on air and described GSM as a populist. It has become Makinde's new alias. 

Now let's look at the word "Populism" and try to put it in proper context

(1) What is populism? 

(2)What is the correlation between GSM and populism?  

(3) Is it ideal for any government to practice? 

As defined by online dictionary :- (Noun) 
(i) populism is a political doctrine or philosophy that proposes that the rights and powers of ordinary people are exploited by a privileged elite, and supports their struggle to overcome this.

(II) The practice of appealing to the interests of the common people. 
 This definitions, especially the second one, "the practice of appealing to the interests of the common people" to be sincere, is truly the description and reflection of GSM and his method of governance, policies and doctrines.  All are people-oriented; always people, masses first!!!  

Considering the number of parents that are benefiting from his free education policy now, many pupils and students that are now back to schools, many people who couldn't afford the fees that GSM gave the opportunity to resume back to school. It will be safe to call Seyi Makinde a populist. 

Going by my friend's argument that a responsible parent should be able to pay his ward's school fees, one can see from his perspective that their government, the previous administration and their policies are all about the elites. Privileged elites should be able to pay school fees unlike common man that are living from hand to mouth.

Makinde started his populism with the prompt  payment of salaries to workers and pensioners, made them reliable for banks' invitation to enjoy various type of loans. If not for the Coronavirus pandemic, Makinde would have employed more than 11,000 people that will be working in the classrooms and even with the pandemic, plans are underway to activate the employment.

In actions, reactions and policies, Governor Seyi Makinde is appealing to common man's interest and indirectly to that of their families. 

During this  pandemic, the relief materials that consist of so many household items like raw foods, ingredients and so  were locally sourced from Oyo state. The project were handked by non-partisan citizens and the money went back into Oyo State's economy. 
 The 1 million face masks contract also given to tailors association in OYO state majority of who are not politicians or political stakeholders. 

Many, classrooms, roads, bridges and culverts that were built or repaired and showcased during his first one year in office were built by local contractors. 

All these are appealing to the interest of common people. Too many to count, directly or indirectly spending Oyo money within Oyo and for Oyo people

Governor Seyi Makinde is committed to helping downtrodden to become somebody.

Unlike the last administration that most of their programs were for elites and awarded outside Oyo State, most of their contracts were taken by a certain Lagos Emperor,  "Mummy has interest" was a popular cliché that was close to the ears during the last administration and Chinese Companies were doing the things that Oyo state people would have done better. 

Elitists policies  are not for common man, their interests or welfare. They prefer imported goods to locally made. They need to show that they are learned and they are superior to common man. 

 They can't deal with local people because they are not in the same category unlike Makinde that descended so low, dealing with farmers and poorest of the poor.
 It's spelt out in clear terms that Makinde is a populist as asserted earlier, there is correlation between the two. The opposition on the other side are  not populist, they are elitists  and oppressors.
 Also, what makes them take populism as a derogatory description of Makinde's was the way the Governor is handling things; it is giving them sleepless nights and we pray it will continue like that forever 

 However these common people are the one that usually come out to vote during elections while elites will be forecasting, analysing, watching online and terrestrial televisions. 

Elites are always too big to queue for voting. If Makinde is not too big to beg for their votes why should he be too big to appeal to their interest after being elected? It sounds illogical.
 As for me, I will rather continue appealing to common people's interest, become a populist and make populism my lifestyle. I think it is the ideal type of governance

GSM is a populist! 

Abolade Olosun writes from Ido local government, Ibadan.

Saturday, June 20, 2020

Omi-Apata Lcda Chairman Appreciates Governor Makinde For Tenure Extension| Southwest-frontier News


June 20, 2020

The Caretaker Chairman of Omi-Apata Local Council Development Area Hon Sheriff Adeojo has appreciated  the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Engr. Oluseyi Abiodun Makinde for  extending the tenure of office of all Chairmen of LGs and LCDAs in Oyo State.

Hon Sheriff Adeojo commends Governor Oluseyi Makinde for giving him the opportunity to serve the people of Omi-Apata Local Council Development Area. 

The council boss then assured the people of bringing more dividends of democracy to the doorstep of Omi-Apata LCDA.

While highlighting some of his achievements since his inauguration which include grading of roads at wards 7 and 10 Wire& Cable-- Ita Faaji, Opopin, prospect, Siba-- Oloyo roads, the on-going dredging exercise at Alaaka, Abese and Omi-Adio, provision of borehole at LCDA Secretariat. He  further stated that his administration embarked on cultivation of 10 acres of rice at Akufo farm settlement, acquisition of farmland to improve agriculture, repair of LG tractor.

The council chairman then appealed to all caretaker members, traditional rulers, PDP stalwarts, party members, religious and Community leaders, market men and women, youths, artisans to continue to support and cooperate with his administration in order to take Omi-Apata LCDA to an enviable height.

Banke Adeyemo
DDESS/Head Infor Uniit
Omi-Apata LCDA

GSM: True Face Of Good Governance | By Olubunmi Sodipo.


June 20, 2020

Good governance means that processes and institutions produce results that meet the needs of society while making the best use of resources at their disposal. 

Good governance has eight major characteristics: 
1. Participatory
2. Consensus- Oriented
3. Accountable.
4 Transparent
5. Responsive
6. Effective and efficient.
7. Equitable and inclusive
8. Follows the rule of law.

Governor Seyi Makinde brings a freshness and newness to democractic leadership and governance. We will take another look at the eight major characteristics of good governance, while reviewing he, GSM's actions, policies and programmes, illustrating specific characteristics. 

1. Participatory:
Governor Seyi Makinde is keen about the people of Oyo State participating in governance. To this end, he instituted a quarterly media chat as a means of continually engaging the people. He always impresses upon the journalists moderating the media chat to take more questions from the public through phone-ins. Even when Covid-19 and the necessities of physical distancing prevented the traditional media chat, GSM took to Twitter, to hold the media chat. A lesser man would have used the excuse of the pandemic to avoid the media chat altogether. Furthermore, GSM recently reeled out a  list of phone numbers, available for 14 days on which citizens can call to report on a specific issue.

2. Consesus-oriented:
GSM demonstrated consensus- orientation for example, in the way the N30,000 minimum wage policy was implemented. The labour leaders were involved and carried along. Decisions were not forced down their throats. Another illustration of GSM's consensus building orientation is the proposed commitee for working out the modalities of financial autonomy for the House of Assembly. This was far ahead of the Muhammad Buhari Presidential Order fashioned to achieve the same thing. The three arms of government are to be represented on this body. 

3. Accountable: 
GSM starting his administration by declaring his assets was a bold statement that he will be accountable to the people. It is a pledge that he will run an open administration with nothing to hide. This is a demonstration of service with the fear of God. 

4. Transparent:
Nothing short of that could have prompted His Excellency to establish the Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency. And to promise that he will waive his immunity if found to be culpable.

5. Responsive:
The best illustration of the responsiveness of this government was the establishment of the Amotekun Corps in response to the menace of killer and kidnapping Fulani herdsmen and bandits, as well as the menace of rapists, ritualists and yahoo boys. 

Effective and efficient:
The reorganisation of the ministries: some new ones were created, for example, Ministry of Energy, while some were splitted, e g Budget and Planning. These are major shake-ups necessary for effectiveness and efficiency.

7. Equitable and inclusive: 
The patronage of local contractors as well as the award of contracts at modest costs, in some cases without any prior meeting with the contractor, who was just a beneficiary of the due process, for example, the Igbeti Marble project contractor illustrates equitabilty and inclusiveness. Gone are the days of, 'Mummy has an interest in that project!'.

8. Follows the rule of law: 
GSM was careful to receive legal backing for the repurposing of a loan applied for by the last administration. Governor Seyi Makinde is focussed on taking Oyo State to self sustainance status by utilizing our comparative advantage in arable land availability and human capital for agribusiness. Hence the enacting of the appropriate laws to create the Oyo State Agribusiness Agency and the repurposing of the loan.

Governor Seyi Makinde's administration epitomizes these characteristics of good governance. He is proactive, pragmatic, innovative and accountable. Without any doubt, GSM is the true face of good governance.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2020

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Redefining Governance In Nigeria: Gsm In Focus | Southwest-frontier News


June 16, 2020

Probably because of the reality of his immediate environment, It was Ghanian Writer, Ayi Kwei Armah that labeled his book, "The beautyful ones are not yet born", but looking closely, the reality of today in Oyo State has proved that to be totally wrong, the ascendency of Governor Seyi Makinde to power crystally basked the fact that the beautiful ones are here with us, it takes a beautiful mind to recognize one.

His approach to governance has made people to continue to wonder "what type of man is this", his style of leadership is not only systematic, but it is also bureaucratic and technocratic. He values due process and also admits errors whenever one is made, these are uncommon traits of a Nigerian Public Office Holder.

There is this popular maxim that "if you don't love people that you can see, how can you love God you can't see", the love and care that GSM has shown to the pepople of Oyo State in aspect of promoting their Welfare and general wellbeing is a cursor to a single fact that he is serving the people with fear of God at hearth. 

Even the number one Citizen of Nigeria that rode into power with the mantra of integrity and sincerity couldn't dare GSM in openness, responsiveness and sincerity, unprecedented in the Fourth Republic, an elected Governor openly declared his Assets, he proved not to have had any skeletons in his cupboard neither anticipating maneuvering in the future, it takes only a man with genuine fear of Almighty God to come forward plain and simple like GSM did.

It is a common knowledge that corruption is a ravaging cankerworm cum pandemic that has eaten deeply into the marrow of Nigerian Public Sector, Oyo State was operating about 67 Accounts before Makinde assumed office, fully aware of these loopholes and rottenness, GSM used his constitutional power to facilitate an Executive Bill targeting creation of Oyo State Anti-Corruption Agency, the bill that is already accented to as at today. With this institution, GSM sued to block all the loopholes available for the looters and also punish any culprit, in fact, he even promised to wave his immunity if he's seen as a suspect. Today, Oyo State operates on one major Bank Account. Here is a man redefining Governance in Nigeria.

Previous administration bewitched Oyo State with over inflated cost of contracts, fund that were supposed to be used for Four projects were used for one or two projects, still, most of these projects were left in conundrum. A good example is Mokola Round-about Overhead Bridge that cost Oyo State a whopping sum of N2.5 Billion, the bridge is less than 1 Kilometer, but the former Governor of Ogun State, Ibikunle Amosun constructed Lalubu-Ibara-Totoro Overhead Bridge with just M1.5 Billion, whereas, Lalubu Bridge was 2.5 Kilometers, this account for about 60% inflation on Mokola Bride Construction. The locust days truly ate deeply into Oyo State treasury. 

Governor Seyi Makinde has been correcting these anomalies since assumption of office. He's awarding contracts of modest price with great economic values for the State in returned, Iwo Road Interchange and the Bus Terminals readily come to mind, probably the previous regime would have doubled the price of those contracts if given the opportunity. 

As a successful Nigerian Engineer, Governor Seyi Makinde understands the importance of engaging local contractors in services, this has multiplier effects on the people and economy. First, the contractors are known to people, Second, the local contractors engage local people, this is another form of generating employment for the people, and thirdly, active involvement of Local contractors in activities encourage local innovation and ingenuity that ultimately enables local inventions. GSM has given premium regards to local contractors since assuming office, this act is international standard. 

No doubt, the Government's Policies and decisions are direct pointers to the fact that Oyo State is already on a noble journey of Self Sustenance. Reviving the moribund Igbeti Marble Site shows that Oyo State is ready to explore Local Contents to develop Oyo State. The Park Management System, the Iwo road Interchange and Four Bus Terminals would generate enough revenues to enable economic self-sustenance. 

Finally, the Akufo Farm Estate if completed would guarantee self sustenance and reliance on food production, excess productions would generate revenue from foreign trading in food items. GSM has truly shown that he operates a Government of "The People, by the People and for the People". 

Ogunwoye Samson Gbemiga
Ogbomoso, Oyo State.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Covid-19: Ex-Oyo Gov, Abiola Ajimobi, Slips Into Coma | Southwest-frontier News


June 15, 2020

Immediate past Oyo State governor, Isiaka Abiola Ajimobi, is in coma, Global Excellence authoritatively reports.

Senator Ajimobi, who was moved to a Lagos based highbrow hospital, First Cardiologist, after he was diagnosed of the dreaded coronavirus pandemic about 17 days ago, sources said, slipped into unconsciousness on June 8 while doctors have since been battling to revive him.

First Cardiologist was the hospital where the former chief of staff to President Buhari, Mallam Abba Kyari, was treated of coronavirus before he died.

Inside sources informed Global Excellence that when the former governor’s health deteriorated after he suffered cardiac arrest the first time and was placed on a ventilator at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) immediately, doctors attending to him were said to have recommended a particular drug for his treatment.

But the drug could not be found in Nigeria, according to sources; hence, a private jet was reportedly deployed to purchase the drug in London.

Still, sources added, Senator Ajimobi’s condition would not improve and he had to be put on the second ventilator with the hope that he recovers. “Although, he is alive, he has been in coma since he was placed in the second ICU,” the source divulged.

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Senator Adebayo Sikiru Osinowo (Pepper) Died Of Novel Corona Virus (Covid 19) | Southwest-frontier News


June 15, 2020
He born on November 28, 1955 ,a businessman and politician.

He was also a member of the Lagos State House of Representatives. Before his demise, He was the Senator representing Lagos East at the 9th National Assembly.

He has been at the special intenstive unit of Lagos Lagos cardiologist centre Ikoyi treating coronavirus until his demise.

Oyo Reviews Curfew, Mosques, Churches To Operate At 25 Per Cent Capacity, As Govt Workers Set To Resume Monday



June 15, 2020
The Oyo State COVID-19 Task Force announced on Monday that it has relaxed the curfew imposed on the state following the advent of the ravaging coronavirus pandemic.

The Task Force, which made the decision public after a two-and-a-half-hour meeting presided by its chairman, Governor Seyi Makinde, added that the curfew would now run from 10pm to 4am.

A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, confirmed that other decisions reached include the resumption of classes for Primary Six, JSS3 and SS3 students from Monday, June 29; resumption of work by all category of workers at the state secretariat from June 22; opening up of mosques and churches, which are to operate at 25 per cent capacity; and the decision to limit public gathering to not more than 25 persons.

The statement indicated that the state secretariat, which was earlier shut on March 27 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and later reopened to staff on grade level 13 and above from Monday April 27, would now be open to all other staffers from Monday, June 22.

According to the statement, students in critical classes are to resume at the end of June to ensure they are well-prepared for the public examinations ahead of them.

The statement read: “The schools are to observe the COVID-19 protocols as released by the Task Force, ensure that stations for washing of hands are provided in all schools, while all students are to compulsorily wear face masks.

“Schools are to provide hand wash points with the support of their Parents/Teachers Associations (PTA).

“The resumption of critical classes at the end of June 2020, would be two clear weeks ahead of the state’s drop-dead date of July 15. By that date, it would be decided whether other categories of students will return to the classes.”

The statement further read: “Mosques and Churches are to reopen and operate at not more than 25 per cent capacity. The situation will be reviewed within the first two weeks. All worshippers are to compulsorily wear face masks.

“Night clubs are to remain shut even though the existing curfew, which used to run from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. is being aligned with that of the Federal Government, which runs from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.

“The Task Force will not mind shutting down everywhere if evidence emerges that the COVID-19 safety protocols are being violated, or should there be an explosion in the number of cases; however, the state government will intensify enlightenment campaigns to ensure the safety of our people.”

The statement also added that the resumption order will not affect the tertiary institutions for now, as the Task Force would review their situation and determine their state of readiness.

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