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No cause for alarm on next Olubadan, Makinde assures residents

Oyo assembly approves Makinde’s request to access N10bn counterpart fund

…says Oyo LG election will be conducted on April 27th

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has declared that there is no cause for alarm over the selection of the next Olubadan, warning individuals peddling divisive tendencies over the matter to desist from such acts.

The governor maintained that the due process on the matter includes the nomination of the next Olubadan by the Olubadan-in-Council and the forwarding of the same to his Office, which was yet to be done.

Governor Makinde said this on Wednesday, when the Deputy Governor, Bayo Lawal, led Muslim Government Representatives and other Muslim functionaries on a courtesy visit to his Ikolaba residence, shortly after praying at the Eid Prayer Ground, Agodi in Ibadan.

He added that once the Ibadan Chieftaincy System runs its full course, the Government would take the necessary decision in the best interest of Ibadanland and and Oyo State.

He said: “Some people have kept talking about the Ibadan Chieftaincy System, saying it has got issues and all of that. But I said the Obas-in-Council are yet to make their nomination. When they make it, it will come to me and I will either say yes or no. But that has not happened. So, why are people focusing on things that are capable of dividing us?

“Those whose stock in trade is to keep looking for what to divide us should look for something else to do. They should rather focus on things that will unite us.”

Governor Makinde however congratulated the Muslim Ummah on the successful completion of the thirty days Ramadan fast, appreciating them for their support and for the peace and harmony being enjoyed in the State.

Noting that the new Oyo State is renowned for peace, unity and harmony, the governor admonished individuals bent on dividing the State with religion to take their trade elsewhere.

He equally charged the people of the State to imbibe discipline as one of the lessons learnt in the month of Ramadan.

He said: “I want to use this opportunity to greet our Muslim brothers and sisters and to wish all of us a happy Eid-el-Fitri celebration.

“One of the lessons of Ramadan is discipline, because for these last 30 days, we disciplined our bodies. Though the body was seeking for nutrients and food, we said no for the duration of the fasting. So, it is a lesson we have to imbibe in our daily life.

“We should also use this experience to settle our differences with people around us. We are all together and united now, as it is a new Oyo State where everybody is coming on board.

“Those whose stock in trade is to keep looking for what to divide us should look for something else to do. They should rather focus on things that will unite us.”

Also speaking on the forthcoming Local Government election in the State, slated for April 27th, 2024, Governor Makinde charged the electorate to go out en masse and vote for their leaders at the grassroots level.

Governor Makinde maintained that the April 27 election would make it the second time his Government would be conducting the Lpcal Government elections in less than five years, whereas the previous Administration in the State did not conduct Local Government elections for seven years out of its eight-year tenure.