A 60th BIRTHDAY SALUTE TO
HIS EXCELLENCY, GOVERNOR IBIKUNLE AMOSUN, CON, FCA
EXECUTIVE GOVERNOR, OGUN STATE, NIGERIA
Every time, in a world gone awry, that God conserves and absolves humanity from its many transgressions in His mercies, says religious tradition, He does so because unbeknownst to the society, 10 individuals in the society had been responsible for the relief. In the case of Ogun State of Nigeria, one of such 10 individuals is His Excellency, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, CON, FCA, Executive Governor of Ogun State who attains the veritable age of sixty.
Out of genuine love, Gov. Amosun has indeed rescued Ogun State! Driven into power on the crest of a popular demand by the people of the State for its redemption from a sequence of unpredictable events and uncertainties that saw the Speaker Egbetokun-led House of Assembly conduct matters of State everywhere but the floor of the House of Assembly, and a Gbenga Daniel-led executive that was thrashing itself all over the State, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun has, indeed, delivered for Ogun State. And such is his impact for this to be proclaimed as providential.
Upon his assumption into office, this political maverick and maestro, unassuming and without guile, set out to restore the confidence of Ogun Staters and the country in their political institutions and purposes in a way that provided and continues to provide strategic orientation for the State. Quietly and determinedly, he went about conducting and effecting his duty as a leader, not as a performer playing to the choir or gallery.
As he celebrates the diamond anniversary of his birthday, it is important that we celebrate him as the “DIAMOND” of Ogun State; for displaying and upholding those highly cherished values and virtues of the State; honesty, sincerity, purpose, serenity, focus and integrity.
Governor Amosun has turned the absence of glibness and his artless decency into political assets that has endeared him to other leaders within the State and throughout the country.
His prudence and common sense along with his dignity and wisdom has ensured cooperation among many stakeholders in the State in a way that has transformed Ogun State into one of the premier economic giants and industrial democracies of Nigeria. His administration has persisted in conducting negotiations with the principal actors within the State over many issues confronting it.
Gov. Amosun’s concern for humane and ethical values is consuming and lies at the heart of his desire to ensure continuity of administration, policy and focus in the State when he leaves office.
Historians, no doubt and no question, will engage themselves in debates for a long time over his accomplishments and victories, not many however, and posterity will dispute the fact that the peace in Ogun State today could not have been achieved had Sen. Ibikunle Amosun not emerged at a tragic period of its existence to restore equilibrium, sense and sensibility and confidence to the State.
In all of these, His Excellency was supported by his beloved wife, Olufunso, and the children. He was a devoted family man.
We are sure, Governor, that you will leave the Office with no regrets, no second-guessing, and no obsessive pursuit of your place in history, for, by the grace of God, it is assured.
As your friends, you will be leaving us a throbbing void, but we will be assured that having known you will be our badges of honour for ever. We continue to aver that Gov. Ibikunle Amosun did his best always and that his best renewed Ogun State and helped restore hope to a befuddled people in their highest time of need.
EXCELLENCY, ENJOY YOUR DAY “DIAMOND BOY”
LONG MAY YOU LIVE.
OGUN STATE APPRECIATES YOU.
TOLU ODEBIYI PROGRESSIVE GROUP