Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has said that brigandage, politics of violence and bitterness, as well as character assassination, have gone for good in the state.
Consequently, he warned any individual or group bent on returning the state to the era of violence to steer clear of the state or be severely dealt with in accordance with the law.

The governor stated these in his remarks shortly after being honoured with the title of Aare Asoludero (harbinger of peace) by the State Council of Tradesmen and Artisans at the Lekan Salami Sports Complex, Adamasingba, Ibadan on Thursday.

He noted that one of the major achievements of his administration in the last two years was the restoration of peace which, he said, had eluded the state for some years past.

Governor Ajimobi added that any move by any individual or group to truncate this feat and visit the state with violence again would not be accepted by his administration.

He said that the attainment of peace and security had served as the foundation for other developmental strides and good governance by his administration.

According to the governor, the level he had taken governance of the state, it would be difficult for any politician of the old order to reverse the trend.

While berating politicians who take solace in brigandage that the era of thuggery had long past in the state, Ajimobi asked the tumultuous crowd that had come to honour him to interrogate anyone who comes to them to demand for votes and demand their antecedents and leadership pedigree, stating that the era of charlatans coming into power had long gone.

The governor took the opportunity to announce to the public that the Olubadan of Ibadan had perfected plans to install him as the Aare Atunluto of Ibadanland.

Explaining the rationale for the chieftaincy which he said was an appreciation for the general uplift of the outlook of the state and Ibadan in particular, as well as the massive road construction going on in the state, Ajimobi berated politicians whose stock in trade was maligning the state’s urban renewal programme, stating that they were self-seekers.

He thanked the artisans for the award bestowed on him and said that it was an appreciation of the fact that traders in the state, though aware of the momentary pains of the urban renewal policy of the government, were forward-looking and see the gains from the exercise to the people.

Governor Ajimobi, whose wife, Mrs. Florence Ajimobi was also honoured with the title of Yeye Asoludero of Oyo State, promised the traders and artisans a bus and other forms of assistance, particularly towards the completion of the council’s secretariat.

Earlier in his address, the President of the Council, Alhaji Talubi Eniola commended the infrastructural development programme of the Ajimobi administration, adding that the governor had recorded unprecedented achievement in the areas of security, education, health and poverty alleviation.

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