Former President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday said that the recent tension in the state over a court ruling on the use of hijab in Osun secondary schools was doused as a result of a word spoken by the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola. Obasanjo did not disclose what exactly the governor said, but he said it confirmed his neutrality in the matter.
Obasanjo, who was represented by Dr. Femi Majekodunmi, was speaking in Odeomu in Osun state at the handover of a multipurpose hall and a library donated by Senator Yinka Omilani to mark his 80th birthday.
“He (Obasanjo) is in China now. He said the governor (Aregbesola) said something which confirmed his neutrality in the matter; that word went a long way in dousing the tension which recently heightened in the state,” Majekodunmi said.
Gov. Aregbesola was present at the event alongside other dignitaries like Chief Shuaib Oyedokun, Chief Ebenezer Babatope, Senator Olasunkanmi Akinlabi; and former Minister of Police Affairs, Jelili Adesiyan.
The multipurpose hall has a capacity to seat 1000 persons, while the library can accommodate 100 persons at a time according to the donor, Yinka Omilani. He said there was the need to revive the reading culture among the youths and the old ones as well.
“The library has been moderately kitted with books for a start and I wish to seize this opportunity to call on my fellow educated indigenes of Ode Omu to continuously seek ways of improving the library,” Omilani said.