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RE : Purported Open Letter to the governor written by one Murtala Adekola on behalf of Osin (The Rural Part) of Ilorin East local government

The so-called open letter and the writer can unfortunately be best regarded as lacking good manners and uncouth, going by such unruly presentation to a constituted authority. The two main scriptures are very clear as to how we should jealously guide our attitudes towards those in leadership positions, let alone the number one citizen of a whole State.

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Please, our attention has been drawn to the above captioned subject matter which was purportedly written by one Comr. Muritala Adekola Adekoya on behalf of Osin people of Ilorin East Local Government of Kwara State.

The so-called open letter and the writer can unfortunately be best regarded as lacking good manners and uncouth, going by such unruly presentation to a constituted authority. The two main scriptures are very clear as to how we should jealously guide our attitudes towards those in leadership positions, let alone the number one citizen of a whole State.

It is crystal clear that approvals of the relevant stakeholders were never sought before the ill-advised letter was written and presented in such a bad taste.
It is disheartening that the writer had to magnify his falsehood that some elders even made concerted efforts to meet the Governor. On what and when, please?

As a matter of fact, from the series of consultations we have made, there wasn’t anyone who could claim to be aware of the existence of any minor pressure group called Indigenous Concerned Youths of Osin rather than merely seeking undeserved attention.

The same position was also held by many that the said writer of the letter is hardly known in Osin, although he claimed to be Lagos based. No wonder he has no knowledge of the simple understanding of ‘ marginalisation’ he referred to in our case. Marginalisation by who and what time frame was he referring to? The 2019 to 2023 administration that we just concluded or the second term that we are just about to settle for business? The Executive Arm is being constituted with portfolios and inauguration to take place in some days ahead.

Due to his perceived distance from.home, he is unlikely to be aware that during the aforesaid first term (2019 -2023), Osin produced House of Assembly member and at some point of the same period same Osin also produced a Commissioner who arguably was adjudged one of the best hands in Kwara and the North Central by extension, amongst several great things we should be proud of as a rural people under the administration of our amiable Governor, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq.

Consequently, it is obvious that the writer lacked requisite knowledge as to the happenings back home or he probably has some mischievous tendencies on the leadership disposition of His Excellency in terms of Governor’s firm determination for equity, justice and fairness in allocation of positions, appointments and other dividends of democracy across all divides, not just in Osin but Kwara State as a whole. Living examples are as stated above.

It is on record that Osin benefitted so much from the present administration of Mallam AbduRahman Abdulrazaq and our achievements are bountiful and the writer may not be well informed that some of rural roads of significant kilometres have been earmarked for construction in this second term. He is also advised to request for a list showing series of achievements that were recorded in favour of Osin alone and as shared across social media as we prepared towards the just concluded general elections. We can always continue to request or ask for more. There is nothing bad about asking for more ;but there is everything wrong with lying.

And on the power outage/darkness issue he raised, we can always advise that he should source for relevant updates on this issue as he is far from the truth.

At this juncture, we would like to set the records straight as follows:

a. That we the great people of Osin in Ilorin East Local Government of Kwara State believe strongly in the leadership style of His Excellency, Mallam Abdurahman Abdulrazaq and that we uphold strong faith in HE’s capacity to continue to deliver good dividends of democracratic system of government to Kwarans.

b. That His Excellency knows us better in Osin and that he is fully aware of our needs. So for anyone to request that allocation of positions be done by them speaks volume about their evil agenda. Tell us where such free-for-all opportunities have been given, and it didn’t turn out to be chaotic or unresolved till date. Mall. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq has gotten all it takes to treat and deal with all issues fairly, justly and in equitable manners.

c. That it is our joint decision as good people of Osin in consultation with the relevant stakeholders to put up a rejoinder to the baseless and shameful purported letter without any further delay and same to be widely circulated in prints and other social platforms/media.

d: We urge His Excellency never to be detracted by high wire intrigues and evil machinations of such destabilizing agents in HE’s focused leadership agenda and commitment to the good of all, both in the urban and rural parts of Ilorin East like he has always done.

Thank you all, and God bless.

Oladimeji Asiwaju AbdulMalik
OSIN DISTRICT

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Stop cursing your leaders – Sanwo-Olu tells Nigerians

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Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State urged citizens to refrain from criticizing Nigeria and instead pray for its improvement.

Speaking at the 2024 Eid-el-Fitr celebration, themed “Allah will not Change the Way of the People until they Change What is in their Hearts,” held at the Lagos House, Ikeja, Sanwo-Olu, represented by his Deputy, Dr. Obafemi Hamzat, emphasized the need for Nigerians to adopt a positive outlook towards the country.

He stressed that divine intervention would only occur when people change their mindset and stop speaking negatively about Nigeria.

Sanwo-Olu encouraged Nigerians to have faith in their current leaders and pray for the nation’s progress, emphasizing the importance of collective prayer and positive thoughts for national development.

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Nigeria’s Onyeka reacts as he scores first premier league for Brentford

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Frank Onyeka is ecstatic after netting his debut Premier League goal for Brentford.

Onyeka swiftly made an impact for the Bees, entering as a late substitute during their 2-0 triumph against Sheffield United at the Gtech Community Stadium last Saturday.

The defensive midfielder found the back of the net in stoppage time, securing a crucial 2-0 victory for the home side.

This win marked Thomas Frank’s team’s first victory in their previous nine Premier League matches.

Onyeka took to social media to share his joy about the win and his goal, stating, “Crucial 3 points secured and thrilled to contribute with a goal ⚽️.” Brentford’s win alleviated concerns about relegation, propelling them to 14th place in the standings.

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Ondo Monarch dies months after ascending throne

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Julius Omomo, the Olojoda of Oda kingdom, passed away at the age of 83.

Ade Adelakun, a family source, confirmed the monarch’s demise on Sunday, stating that he died on Saturday after a brief illness.

Adelakun described Omomo as a humble, decent, and down-to-earth monarch, noting that his reign brought peace and development to the monarch’s domain.

Omomo ascended to the throne on May 30, 2023, and was formally crowned in December of the same year, albeit amid controversy.

Despite challenges to his nomination, including claims of an illegal installation by members of the ruling house, the state government proceeded with his installation, stating that no court injunction had been served against it.

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UNIBEN begins investigation following alleged student ‘assault’ on Akpata

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Olumide Akpata, the Labour Party’s gubernatorial candidate in Edo state, claims he was assaulted by certain University of Benin (UNIBEN) students.

During an interactive session at the senior staff club, Oshodin pavilion in UNIBEN, Akpata stated that he was “attacked by some students” who felt excluded from the meeting with the university’s senior staff.

In a widely circulated video, a UNIBEN student alleged being shot in the leg by one of Akpata’s security personnel. However, Akpata refuted the claim in a video response, asserting that he was actually the victim of the chaos.

Akpata further explained that the students disrupted the meeting, barricaded the gates, and caused a lecturer to sustain injuries.

He emphasized that the incident was an attempt by the present Edo government to disrupt the upcoming election in September.

Meanwhile, UNIBEN has announced the formation of a committee to investigate the “violent incident,” condemning the reported violence during Akpata’s visit.

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Matawalle slams Northern elders over anti-Tinubu comments

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The recent remarks made by the Northern Elders Forum regarding Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s presidency have sparked controversy.

The NEF expressed regret for their support of Tinubu in the 2023 general election, stating a preference for a candidate who is perceived as more inclusive and aligned with the interests of all regions.

In response, Minister of State for Defence, Bello Matawalle, criticized the NEF, calling their actions a political burden on the North and emphasizing that they lack the authority to speak for the entire region.

Matawalle defended Tinubu’s presidency, highlighting his victory in the 2023 election and the positive impact of his government on the Northern region.

He urged the NEF to prioritize unity and cooperation within the North and to support Tinubu’s presidency for the country’s progress.

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85% of Nigerians still enjoying electricity subsidy – FG

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The Federal Government has announced that despite the removal of electricity subsidy for Band A consumers, approximately 85% of Nigerians still benefit from the subsidy under the new electricity supply regime.

This revelation comes amid ongoing public outcry over the recent tariff hike by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Mohammed Idris, highlighted that the subsidy withdrawal, expected to save over N1 trillion, will be reinvested to enhance power supply and social services.

He also underscored the need for equitable distribution, noting that a significant portion of the subsidy was previously enjoyed by affluent individuals and industrial clusters.

Furthermore, he emphasized the strengthened governance structure of the NERC under the new Electricity Act, enabling the agency to impose stringent penalties on electricity distribution companies for billing and supply-related infractions.

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