Ogun: I'll Forever Cherish Honorary Indigeneship Bestowed On Me - Buhari - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Friday, January 14, 2022

Ogun: I'll Forever Cherish Honorary Indigeneship Bestowed On Me - Buhari

          •Buhari and Prince Dapo Abiodun

The Daily Crucible | Friday, January 14, 2022

President Muhammadu Buhari has conveyed his heartfelt gratitude to governor Dapo Abiodun and the people of Ogun State for the hospitality and warm reception accorded him and his entourage on Thursday.

Buhari was in the state for a one - day official visit and while the visit lasted, the President inaugurated landmark projects executed by governor Dapo Abiodun.

The President who spoke glowingly of the governor because of the trail - blazing projects executed in the state but without making noise about them, said it was with great pleasure, particularly, he received the honorary indigeneship status bestowed on him on Thursday.

The Daily Crucible recalls that the President was in the state February 2019 during his campaign tour in the build - up to the Presidential election at the MKO Abiola Stadium Kuto, where people suspected to be political thugs and hirelings strategically stationed at various locations within the stadium, stoned him

In what looked like a veiled reference to that dark episode then and in sharp contrast to what obtained currently in Ogun, Buhari submitted that "between the last visit and now, so much has changed," stressing that his visit to Ogun yesterday was indeed an “Omowale” moment and a joyous homecoming for him.

He said: "I thank His Excellency, Governor Prince Dr. Dapo Abiodun - MFR and the People of Ogun State for the reception accorded me and my team on our visit yesterday. I had planned to be there a few weeks ago in December last year, but for a conflict of schedules.

This has now meant that my first visit to any State in the New Year, is to the Gateway State.

In addition to the privilege of commissioning five visionary and trail-blazing projects, the welcome I received, from a large crowd, brought back the nostalgia of my time as a young infantry officer in the Nigerian Army at the then Lafenwa Barracks in Abeokuta, not long after independence. 

The traditional hospitality of the people of this State has not waned a bit. I deeply appreciate them for the warm reception accorded me and my entourage. 

My visit to Ogun yesterday was indeed an “Omowale” moment for me, a joyous homecoming. It was with great pleasure that I also received the honourary indigeneship bestowed on me, as symbolised by the presentation of the Key to the Gateway State by Governor Abiodun. I will forever cherish it. 

The last time I visited Ogun State was during the electioneering campaign and build-up to the 2019 general elections. Between the last visit and now, so much has changed. The then candidate, Prince Dapo Abiodun, is today the performing Governor of Nigeria’s Gateway State. I have read and heard so much about this silent but effective achiever and deliverer of good governance.
I say ‘Well done’ to Governor Abiodun! I am proud of what he has done for Ogun State and the people of the State. He has made our great Party, the APC, proud too, and is a worthy example of promises made, promises kept. 

His huge investment and commitment to security of lives and property has made Ogun State one of the safest and most peaceful States in the country and investors’ destination of choice, and he has represented our Party very well.  

I congratulate the people of Ogun State for having such a focused, deliberate and inclusive Administration under the watch of His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun, and enjoin them to continue to support him for the successful implementation of the “Building our Future Together” Agenda of his Administration."

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