February 19, 2003.
not from Iragbiji town, says monarch
Sam Bello, Lagos
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
octogenarian monarch spoke with Daily
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
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
these rights and duties are clearly known to them, the
emerging democracy in Nigeria will be strengthened,” he