The Osun Masterminds has condemned the NURTW leadership crisis that erupted in Osogbo in the early hours on Monday.
This was issued in a statement released by Dr. Wasiu Oyedokun-Alli, Executive Director, of Osun Masterminds on Monday, November 28th, 2022.
“We have discovered that the crisis going on in the town, is connected to the resolve of certain elements close to the new Executive Governor of Osun State, Sen. Ademola Adeleke, to forcefully take over the motor parks in the town and establish their own leadership on the State Arm of the NURTW”, he stated.
“We have it on good authority that their actions have the backing of certain powerful elements within the political structure of the Governor and they have also procured the backing of some elements within the State’s security architecture”.
“However, We do understand that every new government desires to assert its own style and personality of leadership, but we dare say that such assertion need not come with violence or any threat to the lives of the people within the society, whose security is supposed to be guaranteed by Government and her agents”, he explained.
He added that the style of forceful, violent takeover of the NURTW infrastructure was led by one Nurudeen Alowonle. He described the act as being unnecessary, barbaric and projects a bad image of the Sen. Ademola Adeleke government, which is just in its first day in power.
“The silence on the part of the new government also leads us to believe that it has a thing or two to do with the current conduct of the persons leading these actions that have become serious threats to public peace”.
“A responsive government that has no hands in attempts by non-State actors to throw the society into chaos, would by now have issued strongly worded statements condemning the act and would have swung into action to call the perpetrators to book and bring them to justice”.
“We are bothered, that these elements are being allowed to go about unchecked. We are bothered that our otherwise peaceful society is being thrown into chaos on the first day of a new government. We are bothered about the foundation that all of these will form”.
Oyedokun-Alli called on the Governor, through the appropriate channels of his office, to immediately call these elements to order and if unable to so do, work with security agents to immediately bring the perpetrators to justice.
“Then, the Governor must immediately call his allies to order, to stop promoting violence in the name of wanting to consolidate the Governor’s control of power”, he added.
“We reiterate that Osun is a peaceful State and must be allowed to function as such under this government. The government must also ensure that it delivers its promises of development in an atmosphere where people can function without risks to their lives and properties”, he concluded.