OGUNWEST WILL RISE AGAIN(By Yinusa Babatunde Oko Igbala)

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest struggle for freedom,equity, fairness and justice in the history of our dear land – OGUNWEST and Ogun State at large.

Yinusa Babatunde Oko Igbala

Two scores (40)years ago, Ogun State was created out of the then Western Region of Nigeria in whose symbolic shadow we stand today. This creation of Ogun State in 1976 came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Ogun indigenes including OGUNWEST INDIGENES who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice and neglects. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of our political neglect and nightmare.
But forty years later, the Ogunwest Senatorial District still is not free, still suffering from neglects, marginalisation, infrastructural decay and unjust exclusion from benefitting from their inheritance. Forty years later, the life of the Ogunwest indigenes and their environment is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. Forty years later, the Ogunwest indigenes live on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. Forty years later, the Ogunwest Senatorial District is still languishing in the corners of Ogun state and finds herself warming bench in her own land despite having sons and daughters who have served the state meritoriously. Yet nothing is on ground to appreciate their sacrifices. And so, we’ve come to this position today to say ENOUGH IS ENOUGH to this shameful condition.
In a sense, we’ve come to the point of making case for Yewaland and in particular Ogunwest Senatorial District.

When the architects of our dear Ogun State thought of the creation of Ogun State, they were signing a promissory note to which every Ogun indigenes was to fall heir. This note was a promise that everybody from Remo, Ijebu, Yewa and Egba would be guaranteed good life condition and equity when matter of the state is at the front burner. It is obvious today that Ogun State has defaulted on this promissory note, in so far as her citizens from other senatorial districts live in affluence. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, other senatorial districts have given the Ogunwest people a bad check, a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.” But we refuse to believe that the bank of justice is bankrupt. We refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of Ogun State where equity override selfish interests. And so, we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us upon demand the riches of freedom and the security of justice.

2019 is our time we need the support of all senatorial districts to make this a reality.


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