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‘go and read the story of Baale Irefin who lost all in 1914’ Journalist, Lasisi Olagunju Warns Lagos Speaker, Obasa

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Top journalist and the Editor of Saturday Tribune, Dr Lasisi Olagunju has a piece of advice for the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon Mudashiru Obasa.

 

In his article titled ‘King Obasa of Lagos’, the journalist rang some words of warning to the lawmaker over the crisis that emanated from the refusal of some Commissioner-nominees from Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu by the State House of Assembly.

 

Olagunju faulted Obasa’s response to a question he answered on live television where he said ‘do I look like someone who can be threatened?’ and also comparing the Governor’s political pedigree and his while saying…

“The governor has been around for long. He was SA to the former deputy governor, Otunba Femi Pedro. While he was serving as S.A. to the former deputy governor, I was in this House, (as) chairman, House Committee on Rural Development. He was S. A. Establishment, Pension; I was chairman, House Committee on Public Accounts (Local Governments). And when he was heading LSPDC, I was Chairman, House Committee on Economic Planning and Budget… (then) I was the speaker of this House. And, when he became the governor, I remain the speaker.”

 

In his last warning, Lasisi referred Obasa to the story of an Ibadan Chief, Baale Irefin who lost all…

 

he should read the story of a Baale of Ibadan who lost all in 1914. Baale Irefin was pressured by his chiefs to write a petition against the Resident, Oyo Province, Captain Ross, and the Alaafin. He wrote and they all affixed their thumbprints to their text of complaints. But the chiefs later met the government and wrote a counter-petition disowning Irefin and his letter. They said the Baale forced them to put their thumbprints on the offensive document. Irefin lost his throne and his life. In that same Ibadan, there was also Balogun Ola who thought other chiefs were with him in the fight against negative colonial actions in Ibadan affairs. Ola had gone too far in the battle before he realised that he was alone; his colleagues had withdrawn from that cause. The Balogun lost his title and his life. He was asked to kill himself or leave the town. The one who preferred death to shame put himself to sleep one bad day in 1917. Ibadan’s history is a composite account of all manners of intrigues politicians are capable of. The records say so and that is why I cited those two cases as a sermon to the feuding strongmen of Lagos. There may be no winner in their fight.

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Ex-Gov Akala’s ADC Commits Suicide In Ogbomoso

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Deputy Commissioner of Police, DCP Gbolahan Oyedemi, reportedly hung himself in his apartment in Ogbomoso, Oyo State.

The deceased senior police officer, who was said to have gone home for the Easter celebration, was alone located at his Petros Academy Street, Federal Low-cost area residence.

Late Oyedemi who was in his 50s was Aide de Camp to late Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala during his eleven-month tenure as governor (January to December 2006

When ogbomosoinsightonline.com arrived at the residence at Petros Academy Street, Federal Low Cost area the police had cordoned off the area but sympathizers were seen in groups discussing the matter in a hushed tone.

“Sometimes he came home with police security l saw him recently driving personally into his beautiful mansion,” a neighbour said.

National Insight reported a police source hinted about a quick investigation into what could lead to the tragic end of a gallant Deputy Police Commissioner.

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Tinubu, Daniel, Zulum Top 40 Most Influential Nigerians List

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President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Professor Babagana Zulum, and Lt.General Theophilus Danjuma (rtd) have been named among the 40 influential people in Nigeria in a new book written by journalist and PR consultant, Bode Odeseye.

The 40 Most Influential People in Nigeria listed other eminent Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in different areas of endeavors and have enormous influence in different spheres including politics/governance, democratic ideals/activism, economic, infrastructural and social development, banking and finance, commerce and industry, telecommunications/technology, education, philanthropy, legislative enactment and international relations.

According to the author, a series of assiduous research conducted revealed that these eminent personalities have carved a niche for themselves by breaking boundaries and adding immeasurable values in various areas of endeavors, through milestone achievements and impact on mankind.

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‘you left me alone to face all manners of mockery’ Betty Akeredolu’s Tribute Stirred Reactions

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In her tribute, widow of the late Governor of Ondo State, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu ignited some emotions as she gave an insight to her 42 years marriage to the lawyer.

 

Akeredolu was laid to rest in Owo, his hometown after a funeral service at the St Andrew’s Church, Owo which was well attended.

 

Betty Akeredolu’s tributes headlined the funeral programme as she detailed her love-life with the late Governor, their challenges and triumphs.

 

Dignitaries at the burial ceremony include the Ondo State Governor Mr Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the Governors of Oyo, Ogun, Lagos, Osun, Ekiti, Edo, Delta, Anambra and Benue States, Engineer Seyi Makinde, Dapo Abiodun, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, Abiodun Oyebanji, Godwin Obaseki, Sheriff Oborevwori, Charles Soludo and Hyacinth Alia respectively and the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Alhaji Abdullahi Ganduje and host of others.

 

 

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