By GBENGA OLARINOYE
OSOGBO – GOVERNOR Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State, weekend, denied allegation that he was plotting a secessionist agenda and to Islamise the state. He said he had no such powers.
The governor, in a state broadcast,said the allegations of Islamisation of the state and secession were attempts by the opposition in collaboration with a particular security agency in the country to undermine his government.
It was widely insinuated, weekend, that Aregbesola had been placed on security watch over alleged Islamisation of the state and plan to secede following petitions by Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The governor said his government had notified President Goodluck Jonathan of attempts by a security agency to implicate him on alleged promotion of religious extremism and secession, describing the allegation of religious extremism as false and that of secession as laughable.
He said: “I want to assure you, therefore, that there is no cause for alarm. What you are seeing is the handiwork of an overzealous and misguided leadership of a security agency that has mixed up allegiance to the constitution, the Nigerian people and their welfare with the partisan interest of a transient occupier of state office.
“This intelligence, we must assure you, has been in our possession and we have duly notified President Goodluck Jonathan, who we believe has sensed the urgency in the matter and is working to correct this embarrassing disposition of a tiny leadership of a federal agency capable of causing chaos and destabilisation. The shenanigan will pass.”
Debunking allegation of promoting religious extremism, Aregbesola said nothing in the action of his administration suggested this, stressing that rather his government had promoted religious harmony, tolerance and cooperation while promoting communal peace.