By Tunde Oyekola
President Muhammadu Buhari will next week Thursday, September 1st, 2016 pay an official visit to Osun State to join the state in the celebration of its 25th anniversary celebration.
The Chairman, Organizing Committee of the Osun 25th Anniversary Celebration, Dr. Charles Akinola, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Osogbo on Thursday said this year’s celebration would focus on the youths.
Akinola said the display of calisthenics by students would be the main activity of the programme with commissioning of some completed projects by the state government.
He said President Buhari, who is expected to witness the calisthenics display and commission the projects, would, however, be unavoidably absent due to some important assignments.
He, however, said the president would visit the state on September 1st during which he would be led to commission the projects.
Fielding questions from journalists, the committee maintained that the display of calisthenics goes beyond entertainment.
He said the display was to make the students happy being the main focus of the celebration.
He challenged the opposition to come up with substantial alternative to Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s policies instead of engaging in baseless criticisms.
Some members of the committee had earlier described the allegation that it plans to spend N140 million on the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the state on Saturday as a “lie”.
An Osun State-based group, Civil Societies Coalition for Emancipation of Osun State, CSCEOS, had recently alleged that the state government planned to spend N140 million on the celebration of Osun at 25.
The committee dispelled the rumour, saying the allegation did not come from a credible place.
The former Commissioner for Regional Integration and Special Duties who is a member of the committee, Hon Ajibola Basiru, urged the public to see the rumour as mere politics.