A foremost traditional ruler in Nigeria, the Alaafin of Oyo, Lamidi Adeyemi, has bestowed upon the Governor of Osun, Rauf Aregbesola, the title of “Omoluabi of Yoruband” just as he urged Osun people to pay their taxes.
The monarch, who was at the Government House, Osogbo, to present the award stated that the Osun governor had always been at the forefront of projecting the “Omoluabi ethos” which the Yoruba race has always preached.
He explained that he had monitored the administrative and leadership style of the governor since inception of his administration, saying Mr. Aregbesola led along the line of a true “Omoluabi”.
The Alaafin said, “The Yorubas are a tribe that always instill in their children and the youths all the characters of a responsible and well brought up individual, I have studied the leadership style of Aregbesola among all the governors in the country and have discovered that he is the only one whom have through his leadership style projected the “Omoluabi ethos” of the Youruba race.”
“Aregbesola is man that breathes responsibility at all times, we have always been hearing of an Omoluabi for a long time and am so happy that we now have a Governor who is leading by example.”
To underline the importance of his honour to Mr. Aregbesola, the monarch presented to him a photo compendium and signed framed portrait congratulating the governor on his new chieftaincy title of “Omoluabi of Yorubaland”.
“It is a good thing to now have a person in the calibre of a governor who is portraying the “Omoluabi virtues” to the Nigerian youths.”
The royal father also used the opportunity to call on the people of Osun to support the government of the day by paying their taxes regularly, stressing that taxation remained the most efficient and sure way to give the people good government.
Mr. Adeyemi, who lamented the dwindling nature of the federal allocation, pointed out that the only way out of the economic logjam is for the people to carry out their civic responsibilities as individuals.
He added that if the people support the government of Mr. Aregbesola with their taxes, the present administration would find it easier to fulfill its obligations such as prompt payment of salaries and adequate provision of infrastructure, health care facilities and security.
Mr. Adeyemi continued, “All over the world, taxation is the way out for government to be able to conveniently provide for all the amenities and pay salaries conveniently, the people must endeavour to pay their taxes regularly.
“I want to urge the people of Osun to assist the present administration with the payment of their taxes, the present administration has done so much in terms of provision of social amenities such as construction of good roads, provision of affordable health care facilities, assistance for the aged.
“I also know that the Aregbesola administration has been providing free school uniforms as well as feeding the school pupils, something which no government has ever done, not even the federal government.
“If such a government now demands for a tax of just one thousand five hundred naira per individual in a year, I don’t think its too much.
“We need to realise that it has come to a stage where government can no longer do it alone, Osun allocation has dropped drastically and government may not be able to pay salaries and provide other amenities again except we show our support through the regular payment of our taxes.”
Responding, Governor Aregbesola noted that the reign of Mr. Adeyemi had been very peaceful and fruitful, while praying that God should make the royal father’s reign more peaceful and eventful.