Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has warned that as Chief Security
Officer of the state, he would not stand by and allow anyone, no
matter their status, to jeopardize the hard-won peace of the last
three and half years in the state.
He made this known in a release issued by his Special Adviser on
Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo.
According to the governor, the trend of orchestrated violence in the
state in the last few days points to a desperation by some politicians
to destroy the flagship of the government’s performance which is peace
The governor said that the Friday violence in the state where a
policeman was shot and some other people were wounded in Oke Ado area
of Ibadan while his meet-the-people-tour train was still in Ido Local
Government, was a calculated attempt to “pollute the river of peace”
in the state and give the impression that the Ajimobi government was
not different from its predecessors whose governments were known to
encourage thuggery, bloodletting and gangsterism.
He said that the violence which occurred at the Popoyemoja area of the
state capital two days after where some thugs unleashed mayhem on the
residents of the area could not be divorced from the bitter politics
of the past and attempt to destroy the image of the government.
“Our people are not fooled. We have received high-profiled information
that this sporadic violence was not an accident. Aware that peace is
our government’s flagship in a state which under previous governments
was like Syria and Afghanistan, opposition warlords have apparently
grouped to return our state to its disgraceful past, all in the name
of scoring cheap in-road into the hearts of the people during the 2015
elections,” the governor said.
While threatening to invoke the full wrath of the law on culprits of
the violence, the governor said he would be failing in his
responsibility if he does not make scapegoat of those trying to make
mincemeat of his peaceful pedigree.
“In the last three and half years, we have demonstrated to our people
that ours is a government that cannot stand thugs and hooligans. Those
who know us can testify that we have zero tolerance for violence and
we are not about to renege on this. We believe that only peace can
bring development. This has worked because in the last few years,
investments have started pouring into Oyo State,” he said.
The governor said he is working in partnership with members of the
Security Council of the state to smoke out violent people from the
state, promising the people of the state that he would not rest on his
oars in maintaining the peace that is the hallmark of the government.
“Let me warn perpetrators of violence and their masterminds that an
end has come to their foray in Oyo. No matter how highly placed they
may be, we will smoke them out of our state,” he vowed.