By Yinka Kolawole in Osogbo
The Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday urged all security agencies, Interpol, the presidency and the United Nations to dispassionately monitor activities of Governor Rauf Aregbesola which the party claimed could cause religious crises in the country.
The party, in a statement issued in Osogbo yesterday and made available to THISDAY by its spokesperson, Prince Diran Odeyemi, premised its call on what it tagged: “Embarrassment and the insincerity of Governor Aregbesola over the hijab issue which is a diversionary tactic to cover up his mismanagement of the state’s human and material resources”
The opposition party said even at the peak of Boko Haram activities when churches and mosques were under severe attacks by the insurgents, Christians and Muslims in the country were not divided and still cohabit in all the states of the federation.
“But since hijab became an issue under Aregbesola’s administration in Osun, Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) and Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs have taken different positions and this portends grave danger for the harmonious co-existence of people of different faith and denominations in the country.
“PDP is particularly happy that the issue of hijab has exposed to the entire country the character of Osun State governor and his divide and rule system of diverting people’s attention against his inadequate knowledge of governance and total mismanagement of the state” the party said.
It then warned all the stakeholders in the affairs of the country not to allow petty politics dominate commonsense in handling the festering issue of hijab in the state’s public schools, adding that “if the issue is not well managed, Aregbesola’s confusion may spread to other states just like he created the payment of half salary to workers which has now spread to other states.
“Is federal government aware that Osun no longer uses 6-3-3-4 system of education nor sing the National Anthem which are the first misstep of Aregbesola’s administration.
“Schools were lumped together under the guise of reclassification, several strange initiatives such as same uniform for all schools in the state, obnoxious and double taxation and other policies that confused rather than enhanced governance were introduced just to benefit few Lagos-based individuals and sponsors.”
“The federal government, UN and security agencies must closely monitor Aregbesola because of his actions which are often aimed at causing confusion at all times in the country.”