Oyo Global Forum, a group of professionals of Oyo extraction at home and in the diasporas has distanced the majority of Oyo people from the excellent rating of the leadership of Governor Abiola Ajimobi in the state, by the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi II.
The position of the Forum is contained in a statement signed by its Secretary General, Mr. Hassan Adebayo where OGF said it observed with consternation, a certain advertorial placed on Page 29 of the Nigerian Tribune edition of Monday, June 5, 2017, in praise of Governor Ajimobi’s six-year stewardship.
The said advertorial purportedly praised Governor Ajimobi as a high-achieving, “excellent” chief executive in Oyo State.
In justifying its stance, OGF reeled out facts on projects in its jurisdiction thereby describing the advertorial as unfortunate and “a slap in the face of long-suffering sons and daughters of Oyo federal constituency who have endured untold hardships arising from misgovernance and mismanagement of the state’s resources under the leadership of Governor Abiola Ajimobi.”
“As we speak, road infrastructure projects started by Oyo State government several years ago have been abandoned, public primary and secondary schools are starved of resources and left in derelict states, workers are being owed salaries of more than six months in various cases, and citizens are living in daily fear of their lives and properties.”
Continuing, the group said; “Only a few days ago, students at the state-owned Emmanuel Alayande College of Education, frustrated by lack of government attention and incessant closure of the institution, went on a demonstration that turned violent, leading to disproportionate and irresponsible use of live ammunition by the security forces.”
OGF therefore warned that the good people of Oyo will not continue to take the pains of bad governance lying down. It cautioned that “the era of “suffering and smiling” had ended; the age of “arise and fight for your rights” has come.”
The global forum lamented that in spite of the abundant natural and human resources in the domain, the level of poverty and squalor in Oyo federal constituency, in particular, is unwarranted and inexcusable. This is by no means a call to violence, but a call to vigilance, a call to citizens to awake and fight for transparency, accountability and good governance.
OGF emphasized that the said advertorial does not represent the popular opinion of the people of Oyo, promising that the Forum will redouble its efforts to work with, and for, the long suffering masses of the people of Oyo Federal Constituency.