The Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminent, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar, yesterday, described the Governor of Osun State, Mr Adegboyega Oyetola, as a nation-builder and believer in a peaceful, united and indivisible Nigeria.
The sultan also congratulated Osun State on its 30th anniversary, describing the state as one that is blessed with abundant natural and human resources.
Abubakar said while delivering his opening remark during Osun’s 30th-anniversary colloquium that “I congratulate the government and the good people of Osun on the attainment of this milestone and on recording landmark achievements that humble older states in these three decades of existence.
“As we celebrate this momentous event, it is apposite to pay glowing tribute to the founding fathers of Osun whose vision has produced talents that have given vent to the foundation they build 30 years ago.
“I salute the vision and insight of the military administrators and all the governors of the state. Their capacity to dream and to assemble talents to build an enviable and award-winning state is phenomenal and has shown in the huge achievements of the state.
“Osun is blessed with abundant natural and human resources, but that is just the first leg of the state’s measure of greatness. The second leg is the deliberate inculcation of the Omoluabi ethos whose contents include the spirits of excellence, hard work, integrity and peaceful mien in all its citizens to serve the state meritoriously.
“It is, therefore, no surprise that in these 30 years of statehood, Osun has produced a galaxy of stars in all the sectors and areas of human endeavour.
“I have followed the programmes of Governor Oyetola closely since his assumption of office. A deep thinker and a silent reformer and performer, he came into government with development agenda hinged on adequate, quality and equitable service in all sectors. He has also introduced people-oriented policies based on inclusive governance and sustainable development.”
Meanwhile, speaking at the colloquium, the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, paid glowing tributes to the past and present leaders of the state, adding that Osun State is now better than how it was at creation.