By Ayobami Agboola, Osogbo
The immediate past Governor of Osun State, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said that there is no any rancour between him and the incumbent Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, saying it was a figment of imagination of those peddling such ‘rumor’
Aregbesola made the clarification on Sunday in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State, while speaking at a Ramadan Lecture organised to celebrate his 62nd birthday by a socio-political organisation, En-Route Rauf, with the theme: Leadership and Followership In Nigeria: The Islamic Perspectives.
The former governor and the celebrant who appreciated the people for their support and love, said the present government in the state was a product of his dynamic leadership and commitment to good governance, which brought about significant development in both human capital and physical infrastructure.
He dispelled rumours of any frosty relationship between him and the incumbent Governor Oyetola urging the people to disregard any information to that effect.
Aregbesola said the present government was as a result of the uncommon and unwavered commitment of his resolve to ensure the entrenchment of good governance in the state of Osun.
“Let me clear the air that there is no bringandage between me and the present government. The current government is as a result of our unfettered commitment, result and effort. We cannot but continue to pray for the progress of what we laboured and strived for.”
“Oyetola is my senior brother. He has achieved a lot in his personal life before having a stint at all in government. So, there’s nothing meaningful in me having any issues with him. Let the detractors know that there can only be peace within us and the state.”
Speaking, an Islamic scholar, Prof Ishaq cautioned Nigerian Leaders on the need to eschew bad virtues and inculcate ideals that will make them contribute meaningfully to the development of the country in and outside the seat of power.
The scholar who noted the sterling attributes of a good leader in Patience, Fear of God, Having the ability to manage unexpected situations among others also stressed the need for them to understand vividly the principle of expiration which denotes that there is time for a government to begin and end so as to impact positively in the lives of people during the limited time in office.
Prof Oloyede who is the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, JAMB pointed out inhibitions to good governance from the followers taken from Quran 4v159 said Islamic teachings denote that only Realists who critique and commend government over their action and inactions are the best followers a society can have.
He said “Since 1960, we have had Jackals- who do everything to destabilize the society, Clueless Leaders who bring in changes to disturb the societal progress, Philosopher Kings-who know what to do but do not recourse to God while the fourth category are the True Leaders who have the Fear of God in their dealings.”
“As leaders, you should be very careful. You will have Psycophats, Opportunists, Spectators and Conspirators around you. They are there to mislead you, you should be very careful and be dutiful enough not to identify them and deal with them properly.”
“The principles of a good leader in Patience, Preparedness, Punishing the bad eggs and crediting the resolute and the good leaders and have the Fear of God. These are what would make you be sincere and ready to face your creator in the hearafter,” Oloyede stressed.
In his second lecture which bothered on the Virtues of Itiikaf in the last 10 days of Ramadan, Sheik Yusuf Babatunde Ayeniromo urged Muslims to be calm and remain pious.
He emphasized the importance of doing good deeds and ensuring that they avoid all acts that can invalidate their Ramadan fast.
The third lecturer, the Chief Imam of Offa, Sheik Muydeen Salman advised Muslims and Nigerians to shun acts of partiality, non-obedience to Allah’s instructions.
At the event were scholars, members of En-Route Rauf team, politicians, traditional rulers including the Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, Osun Deputy Governor, Mr Benedict Alabi among others.
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