The Oyo State Governor, Abiola Ajimobi, on Tuesday said his administration would be appreciated one day for its unique initiative in ensuring that the state became one of the best in Nigeria.
In an interview with journalists after observing the Eid al-Adha prayers at the Eid Prayer Ground, Agodi, Ibadan, Ajimobi said his administration would continue to adhere strictly to the rule of law and exhibit the fear of God in all its activities.
The governor, who used the opportunity to congratulate Muslims for the festival, urged citizens and residents of the state to be law abiding and be alive to their civic responsibilities.
He said, “What we are celebrating today is godliness and service to humanity. As the governor, I believe I have served humanity. Those who think we are wrong today will appreciate us tomorrow. We have been able to come this far due to our godliness, fearlessness and sincerity of purpose.
“A good leader should not only be able to envision but must have the courage to implement the vision. A good leader takes his people to where they want to go, but a great leader takes them to where they ought to be.
“Experience has shown that anytime a leader or head of government wants to make a change, the enlightened, unenlightened, ignorant and mischievous people play politics with it. But a good leader must have the courage to go ahead. We will forge ahead and not allow the state to become a banana republic or an animal farm.”
While scoring his seven-year-old government high and above past administrations in the state, the governor said he had been able to turn the fortunes of the state around for better.
“Today, everybody can go through Iwo Road, Beere and other notable hot spots in the state without entertaining any fear. All these areas are now green areas. So, peace and security we have achieved. We have built infrastructure. We aren’t just constructing road network, but we also embarked on urban renewal projects. We are also modernising old roads. You can also see the commendation we are getting from education, health and the other sectors,” he added.