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LogoDaily Independent Online.         * Wednesday, February 19, 2003.

Tinubu not from Iragbiji town, says monarch

By Sam Bello, Lagos

The paramount ruler of Iragbiji, Osun State, the Aragbiji of Iragbiji, Oba Timothy Oyelade, has debunked claims that Governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu of Lagos State hails from the town.

The octogenarian monarch spoke with Daily Independent last weekend in the town before a gathering of about 30 of his chiefs. He said, “We are not in any way related to Governor Tinubu of Lagos State. We do not know him at all.”

Oba Oyelade spoke shortly after declaring open a one-day workshop on the citizen rights and duties in a democratic setting, organised by the Centre for Constitutional Governance (CCG).

The Aragbiji, who has been on the throne for 29 years, admitted that “there is a family in Iragbiji called Tinubu but it has no historical link with the one from Lagos.”

“This Tinubu House came to Iragbiji from Iba, a village in Odo-Otin Local Government Area of Osun State and we (Iragbiji people) have become the same family after many years of staying together,” he explained.

Oba Oyelade who expressed surprise at the question on the issue said, “We don’t know him here. It’s all lies. If he’s from here, then I must know.” Governor Tinubu has come against a plethora of allegations concerning his background, including that his claim of Lagos origin was false.

Oba Oyelade commended Dr. Beko Ransome-Kuti, the executive director of CCG and his team for taking the initiative of educating rural dwellers on political matters.

“It is the duties of the government to educate the masses on their rights and how to achieve the gains of democracy, because politicians are unchangeable liars.

“But with opportunities like this, we will soon come out of darkness and even be able to contribute to the process of governance even as rural dwellers,” he said.

Ransome-Kuti had told the Oba and his chiefs that good knowledge of their rights would instil fear in the hearts of politicians and thereby bring about good governance.

“We have come to educate the rural dwellers in these six local government areas, namely, Boripe, Obaku, Odo-Otin, Boluwaduro, Otan Aiyegbaju, Ila and Ifedayo on their rights and duties under a democratic setting, so that politicians would not continue to use them for their selfish ends.

“When these rights and duties are clearly known to them, the emerging democracy in Nigeria will be strengthened,” he said.

 
 

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