Rauf Aregbesola, the former Minister of Interior and ex-governor of Osun State has expressed no grudge towards anyone in Osogbo or the entire Osun State. Following the end of his tenure as minister, Aregbesola received a warm welcome upon his arrival in the state capital on Wednesday.
During a visit to the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, and his chiefs, Aregbesola, presented a compilation of his achievements and reflected on his initial arrival in the town after the All Progressives Congress lost power in the state. He mentioned that, over his four years in office, people began to appreciate his contributions to transforming the state capital.
Aregbesola said, “I’m happy to say that between then and now, the eulogies have not stopped. Between Ilesa and Osogbo this morning, the people trooped out in their numbers to welcome me.
“It was because of my promise to the then Ataoja of Osogbo that I picked my deputy from Osogbo. It is never my desire to leave any of them, but now that they have gone the way they did, I beseech you, our royal father, to plead with them. I would always wish them well and always desire to work with them.
“I hold no grudge with anyone in Osogbo or Osun. My hands are wide open to work and receive anyone. Anyone who has issues with me has their reasons, but I hold no grudge against anyone.”
Expressing gratitude for his ministerial appointment, Aregbesola stated, “I would like to extend my appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari for granting me the privilege to serve in his administration.”
“For the rest of my life, I will continue to thank Osogbo and its people for adopting me as their son. I deeply appreciate it.
“Anywhere I am, please rest assured that Osogbo’s interests are covered,” he added.
The Ataoja of Osogbo, in his remarks, characterized Aregbesola as a high achiever whose impact on Osogbo will be enduring and everlasting.
The monarch said, “When Ogbeni (Aregbesola) took over governance in Osun, everyone thought he was going to dethrone me because I was enthroned by an opposition government, but he announced publicly that that wasn’t going to happen.
“When the location of the Nigeria Air Force base was going to cause issues, the former minister intervened on our behalf. He stayed with me, stayed with Osogbo, and he’s still with us.
“We appreciate you. We appreciate all that you have done for us. Osogbo will forever be grateful and be with you.”