Story By Akinola Emmanuel
Oyo State governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, on Saturday, insisted that he would always ensure fairness and equity among all religions and the people of the state.
Governor Makinde, who was speaking at the 8th Day Fidau of the late Engineer Lere Adigun, an accomplished leader in the state, said that he will always be fair,
without denying anyone his due.
According to him, there will be no space for religious bias or sentiments in his
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa,
quoted the governor as saying that the late Engineer Lere Adigun, who became
his father and confidant in the course of their relationship, left a huge gap in his
life, which he said will be difficult to fill.
The event, held within the premises of the deceased’s Oluyole Estate, Ibadan
residence, had dignitaries from the state and government functionaries in
Governor Makinde also stated that the late CEO of Sahara Engineers taught him
to be fair and not to be sentimental to any religion faithful in the state.
The governor, therefore, invited all residents and indigenes of Oyo State to
contribute their quota to developing the state without bias and favour.
He also declared that the current administration in the state is open to ideas and
constructive criticisms, adding that it was wrong for anyone to insinuate that he
would be biased against any religion.
He said : “I am already seeing one of the lessons I Iearnt from Baba. For
instance, MURIC is alleging that this government does not want Muslims to
benefit from the dividends of democracy. Baba would have responded to the
allegation if he were alive.
“But I am going to answer them now. One thing Baba taught me is not to be
sentimental about religion and that people should be considered based on merit.
And that is how this administration is being run. It will be like this until the tenure
He added that any position or benefit that each religious organization deserves
will be given to them at the right time, saying: “This administration started one
day, it will also end one day. Whether one is a Muslim or a Christian, it is
whatever one deserves that one would get. That was what I learnt from Baba.”
While speaking on the late business mogul, Engineer Adigun, the governor
extolled the virtue of the pioneer president of Ibadan Solidarity Group, stating that
his memories will continue to live in his heart and those of others forever.
“This is the second time I have been asked to speak about our father, the late
Chief Lere Adigun. But I believe we have all got over the shock that Baba is no
longer with us. I have accepted that fate.
“In actual fact, whosoever we love does not die, he is always in our heart. And, in
as much as we are still alive, we have our loved ones at heart. So, I have the
belief that with the good works Pa Adigun did while alive, he will continue to live
in our hearts.”
The governor also used the occasion to plead with all indigenes and residents of
Oyo State to put the interest of the state above partisan or primordial tendencies
by joining hands with his government to develop the state.
He stressed the need for everyone to contribute his or her quota to the social
and economic development of the state, saying: “Finally, I want to plead with
everyone, and I will continue to say that the government will come and go, but
our state will remain. The way we lay our bed is the way we will lie on it.
“So, I am using this opportunity to plead with each of us to contribute our quota
to the development of the state.
“I am not a saint and I cannot do everything alone. That is why I am pleading with
you all to contribute your quota, because it is whatever we sow that we will reap.”
Earlier in his sermon, the Chief Imam of the Institute of Agricultural Research and
Training (IAR&T), Sheik Mamoon Elesinmeta, charged everyone to remember that
whatever they do today, they will account for it hereafter.
He added that the late Chief Adigun used his life to serve humanity and,
therefore, urged his children to emulate the good virtues of their late father.
Some of the dignitaries, who attended the prayers include the Deputy Governor,
Engr. Rauf Olaniyan; Chief of Staff, Chief Bisi Ilaka, representatives of the
Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Chief Imam of Ibadanland, Sheik
Abubakar Agbotomokekere and his council and the Aare Muslumi of Yorubaland,
Edo and Delta states, Alhaji Dawud Akinola.
Others were: Alhaja Mutiat Ladoja; Commissioners for Education and Local
Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Barr. Olasunkanmi Olaleye and Chief Bayo
Lawal; Special Adviser on Strategy and Political Matters, Hon. Babatunde
Oduyoye; Chief Saka Balogun and Chief Bosede Adedibu, among others.