Bishop praises Ajimobi, sets agenda for Makinde

Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo

Bishop of the Diocese of Ibadan (Anglican Communion), Rev. Joseph Akinfenwa, has said that posterity would remember Governor Abiola Ajimobi for reinventing Oyo State.

Unlike some political leaders, he said the governor deserves commendation for not taking the state on “merry-go-round of leadership cluelessness, brigandage and policy somersaults”, which beset the state before 2011.

He disclosed this in his homily yesterday during a special thanksgiving service at the Cathedral of St James, Oke-Bola, Ibadan, for the successful completion of Ajimobi’s two terms as governor.

Akinfenwa used the opportunity to advise the incoming administration of Seyi Makinde to be focused on a clear policy direction that would add value to the lives of the citizens.

He said: “As a governor, posterity will remember you for achieving so much in eight years. You did not leave Oyo the way you met it, and I commend you for not taking the state on a merry-go-round. You have broken many records and I can boldly say that you are a statesman.

“We knew what you inherited in 2011. Today, we have peace and security in Ibadan and other parts of the state. No more violence, no more leadership mediocrity and policy somersaults. On assumption of office, you chose your priorities and followed them through.

“What is left is for your successor to continue from where you stopped. I will advise him to draw a line and begin his administration. Whatever has been done in the past should be in the past.

“Irrespective of party affiliations, you are all indigenes of Oyo State. The citizens will be the major beneficiaries of the wellbeing of the state. I am appealing to the governor; please work for the success of your successor. Don’t be far from him. It’s a new challenge and they need to be guided. Whether they will accept or not, please do your own. Let’s join hands to work for the success of the incoming administration.”

He advised the governor to take a break from politics and go on vacation or go to a school in company of his wife to enjoy the warmth, which state duties must have denied them in the past eight years.

Lamenting the insecurity in the land, he urged President Muhammadu Buhari to redouble his efforts to tame the bandits giving the country sleepless nights, adding that a government that failed in its primary duty of securing lives and property should not ask for citizens’ loyalty.

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