Osoba Blasts Garba Sheu for Stoking Embers of Discord with Utterances
….Says North Might Regret Supporting Divisive Statements
A former governor of Ogun State and chieftain of All Progressive Congress (APC), Chief Segun Osoba has condemned the differences in the statements coming from the Presidency and members of the ruling party, saying it could lead the country to war.
Osoba spoke while answering questions on the statement credited to the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Sheu, in response to the resolution of the South-West governors against open grazing in their region on ARISE TV monitored by The Chronicler Newspaper on Wednesday morning.
The South-West Governors rose from their last meeting at Asaba to restate their resolve that they would no more allow open grazing in the region, as the Chairman of the Southwest Governors’ Forum and Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, yesterday, cautioned the Senior Special Assistant, Media and Publicity to the President, Garba Shehu, to desist from comments that can plunge the country into anarchy.
Chief Osoba said the situation where leaders of the party were singing different tunes is not good for the country, Garba Sheu was once the Chairman of Guild of Editors who should know better that to make inflammatory statements.
“The situation where leaders of the party are singing different tunes is not good for the country, Garba Sheu was once the Chairman of Guild of Editors who should know better that to make inflammatory statements, he should remember that the land belongs to the State, I condemn Garba’s attitude.
“In his statement, you can see that he accepted that ranching is the solution to the crisis in his opening sentence, to also say it is not the solution is wrong, I have been to the world’s largest producers of cattle, I was in Brazil, I was in Kenya, I never saw a single cow on their streets.
“As a party, we elders have to sit down, having different statements from different individuals in the same party does not give us good image, officials who are issuing statements are not really party members, if he takes his time to understudy the Yoruba people, he would have known that we have been co-habitating with other tribes for long.
“Nobody, whether in government or in our party should be making inflammatory statements, the destruction that was cause by this kind of statements led to the last civil war and as a journalist, I covered the war, I cannot tell you the gory pictures of the war.
“I will repeat this, the North will regret some of the statements they are making now, oil will not be there for ever.”
On the agitation for Oduduwa Republic, Aremo Osoba said the frustration that the younger are facing is forcing them to resolve for separation, as unemployment, insecurity are all over the country.
“ This is not the Nigeria that we grew up to know, we just have to be very careful, we need to persuade the young ones to see the alternatives that will favour us all instead of the break,” he appealed.