By Johnbosco Agbakwuru
THE outgoing Governor of Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi on Friday said that as his administration which will come to end on the midnight of May 28, was leaving behind a legacy of peace, security and development in the state.
Governor Ajimobi who stated this while speaking with State House correspondents after meeting behind closed doors with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential villa, Abuja, also enthused that he was not owing workers salaries.
He thanked President Buhari for assisting state governments to pay salaries and meet other challenges.
According to him, “I want to thank President Buhari for the support he has given all the states particularly during the period of scarcity of funds to execute our projects, to pay salaries, to meet the socio-economic development demands.
“He was on hand to help all of us. He supported us by releasing funds to all of us and as at today that I am talking most of the states including Oyo state are not owing salaries.
“He also assisted us with social infrastructure that is extending the welfare nets to the states, that is why I am here to thank Mr. President because in another two days I am going for Umrah and by the time I come back I won’t be in office as Governor.
“I am going to Umrah to thank God. When I came in, I pleaded with God to give me the opportunity to serve peacefully and that He did.”
He commended the people of Oyo State for giving him the opportunity to be the first governor in the state to serve two terms.
He said, “I also want to thank the people of Oyo State for allowing me to be the first governor to do two terms of eight years, it has never happened in Oyo State.
“I am leaving a legacy of peace and security in Oyo. At a time Oyo State was seen as what you call a garrison state, today Oyo state is one of the peaceful states in Nigeria.
“If our government has not done anything at all, we have brought peace and tranquility and development to Oyo state. It’s been a worthwhile venture.
“Many of us could sit back and say I retired as an MD of a multinational but if we sit back and play the ostrich we will see that evil will always triumph when men of goodwill fail to act.
“I want to say that Ajumobi came, brought peace to Oyo state and add value to the social economic development of the State and to Nigeria in general.”
He, however, regretted that he could not do everything he planned for the state during the eight years.
He said, “I think I regret the fact that I have not been able to do everything I wanted to do. I wish our people could be more understanding, could be more patient but they feel that any time you try to make a change, people resist change even if it’s good for them. I wish I had been in politics 20 years ago.”