A prominent Ibadan Mogaji, Moshood Gbolagade Akere has attributed the non-realization of Ibadan State to the insincerity on the path of some elders in the town that were seeing being championing the course but actually working against it at the back.
The professional land surveyor disclosed this while speaking with Ibadan Media correspondent in one of his functions at the Ijokodo resident in Ibadan, where he described some Ibadan perceived elders as enemies the town but always portrayed themselves as being important to the course of Ibadan.
“Ibadan is a very big city, and to achieve the much-craved State status depends on our leaders. The reason why I said so is that a leader that cannot control or say the truth is not a leader. So, they need to tell us the truth and works toward achieving this goal”, he noted.
Akere added that “There’s self-interest in the interest of creating Ibadan state, I mean they believe this thing will not pay them or pay some certain number of people, so anything that is not coming to their favour, they’re not ready for it. We should have achieved this in a long time”.
He, however, prays God to guide the Governor of the State, Seyi Makinde right in handling the issue of National Union of Road Transports Workers (NURTW) in the state, describing it as a sensitive matter that must be carefully handled.
“The problem of NURTW is a key problem to Oyo State, is like somebody putting fire on a rooftop and sleep, you will agree with me that we need to quench that fire as quick as possible. We should all know what we’re doing in Ibadan and assist the government towards resolving it. “I’m a stakeholder in fundamental issues affecting Ibadan because of the Akere family which is one of the warlords of Ibadan had been on the throne of Olubadan of Ibadan twice in the history of this ancient town, (Akere I and Akere ii) and as of today, only two other compounds shared such opportunity with the Akere’s and those are the Olatunde’s and Fijabi’s”, Mogaji Akere noted