Hon. Aminu Tambu-wal
• Legislature is heart of governance- Aregbesola
From Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
House of Representa-tives speaker, Honou-rable Aminu Tambu-wal, on Saturday attested to the reign of peace in Osun State.
Tambuwal, speaking against the backdrop of the alleged tension in the state following a security report indicting the governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, of nursing a secessionist agenda, said in Osogbo, the state capital, that from all he had seen in the state, there was no cause for alarm.
He described Osun as calm and peaceful just as he said allegations that Aregbesola plans to secede remains a “mere allegations.”
Tambuwal, who paid a courtesy visit to Aregbesola, said he found no found no checkpoints or police barricades on the roads coming to Osogbo.
He was also impressed with the way the governor is managing the affairs of the state.
“I have come to Osogbo. I have not seen barricades. I have not seen any security checkpoints, which suggests that there is peace and calm here. The governor is a gentleman. He is down-to-earth and I believe he is committed to the vision of transformation of Osun State and continued co-existence of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I firmly believe that.
“I believe that after electioneering, politicians across the country should forget about what has gone past irrespective of party affiliation and face governance which is why they are elected in the first place. Nigeria is in dire need of attention and politicians should rise up to this occasion and move the country forward rather than engage themselves in unnecessary politicking,” he added.
On the allegation that Osun is planning to secede, Tambuwal said an allegation would always remain an allegation until its veracity has been established.
Responding, the governor thanked the speaker for his visit, observing that the National Assembly is the heart of governance.
He noted that it takes a clear-headed, developing mind and a patriot to do what the Speaker has done irrespective of their party differences.
Aregbesola stated that greater responsibility rests on the National Assembly in steering the country to better direction.
“I saw the National Assembly as a collection of representatives of the people. As representatives of the people, we must ensure that we put in place an untainted, free and fair electoral process devoid of any fault. Nothing can help the country unless federalism is strengthened and its tenets upheld for the peace and progress of Nigeria,” Aregbesola said.