Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun has reminded pro-democracy activists and organisations in Nigeria and beyond of the urgent need to reconvene as a strategy towards ensuring the victory of the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate for the 2015 election, Gen Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).
Aregbesola said the time is now for those who had in the past rendered selfless services to their fatherland by confronting dictatorial governments and installing democratic rule.
The governor, according to a release by the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of the Governor, Semiu Okanlawon, spoke Sunday evening in Osogbo at the 50th birthday lecture and presentation of a book in honour of a renown pro-democracy and human rights activist, Comrade Amitolu Shittu.
Aregbesola, who spoke before a teeming population of some of Nigeria’s leading pro-democracy activists who came to honour Shittu, said the current challenges being faced by Nigeria arose from the ineptitude of the present Peoples Democratic Party-led government at the centre.
“Wherever you find PDP, you will find misery, poverty, under-development. We must remember that the encounter of our people and experience especially in the South West geo-political zone have never brought anything positive. From time immemorial, our people had associated their party with misfortune and till today, they remain the same,” Aregbesola told the audience.
The governor said the PDP government has foisted double tragedy on the people through lack of transparency in oil revenues saying that even before the prices of crude oil crashed in the international market, the PDP-led Federal Government had robbed Nigerians of the oil fortunes through fraud of unimaginable proportions.
“The Federal Government is the authority in charge of the navy, the army, the police, air force, and other security agencies. Yet, they tell us that 400,000 barrels of crude are stolen. Who is stealing the crude oil? And these are despite a questionable contract for the protection of oil pipelines and waterways awarded an individual. They have no other excuse to give. The only way is to vote them out,” he said.
The governor said while the Federal Government has robbed the country of the oil revenues, the same government has made it hard for the development and growth of the non-oil sector. He said the multiform social, political and economic disorders being witnessed are direct results of the visionless PDP government.
Charging pro-democracy activists, Aregbesola reminded Nigerians of the roles played by the likes of Amitolu Shittu and others who were jailed, forced to exile, killed and harassed unjustly for the enthronement of a people’s government.
“This is the time for all of you to reconvene and ensure that we rescue our country before it is too late.”
Shittu, who lamented the hardship that pervade the country, also urged Nigerians to use their only power to vote out anti-people government.
“Our voting power is the only power we all have and we must use it very well to reject bad governance and save ourselves the hell to which we are subjected,” he said.