Seyi Makinde, the governor of Oyo State, has claimed that his administration has completely redesigned the state’s security system.
The governor said security is a major component of his administration’s four-point service plan while speaking at the Hijrah 1444 luncheon, which was held in Ibadan on Wednesday.
The governor was cited as saying in a statement by the governor’s chief press secretary, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, that the state will continue to protect the interests of all stakeholders, regardless of their racial or religious connections.
Makinde promised that his administration would always treat each interest fairly.
He insisted that his administration is doing all possible to keep the state safe and secure for each and every citizen, in addition to overhauling the state’s security architecture.
The Hijrah celebrations in the state, according to the governor, represent “a turning point.”
He said that his victory in 2019 marked a turning point in the Oyo State case.
“What is the Hijra we are celebrating today? It is a turning point. The turning point that came into effect in 2019, which brought light and made darkness vanish in the state.
“Righteousness also replaced wickedness and I can assure all of us that darkness will not return to Oyo State.”
He added that his administration would uphold its commitment to being tolerant and free from religious prejudice and that it would continue to provide everyone what they were due.
Makinde also acknowledged that, as a human, he is capable of making mistakes, but that, by promptly bringing them to the attention of relevant parties, they will be fixed.
He added, “When this government came in, the security architecture we met on ground was different from the layers we have created. We rejigged the SRS, we provided 100 cars within 100 days in office for the Police.
Operation Burst, which consists of personnel from the Army, Air Force, Civil Defense, and DSS, is a further layer of security we devised.
“We provided logistics and all they needed to function effectively for them.
“Another layer of security we created is Amotekun. We have another layer – Voluntary policing, but we are encountering some challenges in coming up with it. Vigilante people are working in Ibarapa zone of this state as I encountered them personally in my recent journey along the area. And I will continue to say that we cannot demonise any ethnic group in the state.
“Who are our enemies? They are the criminal elements, but whoever they are, we will deal with them in Oyo State. “So, we are trying our best and we will continue to ensure Oyo State is safe and secure.
“Secondly, those who think they can separate us through religion won’t make any headway because the two religions (Islam and Christianity) are in our families.
“In Oyo State, we have Hijab policy. If that policy is going to change, there must be engagement with stakeholders and I am happy to say that we are ready to have that engagement.”
As he refuted a claim made by a group called Muslim Rights Concern, or MURIC, the governor noted that those encouraging religious bias in the state would fail because he is not acting against the will of the electorate and that his administration has never nurtured any plan to return public schools to their owners.
He stated: “I am aware that some politicians are trying to misinform our people. I read what MURIC said about us returning schools to missionaries. “We have a muslim as commissioner and we cannot take such step without his involvement.
“Yes, I also went to Loyola College. They made a request for the return of the school to the Old Students Association and I told them that we are still on the ‘Proof of Consent’. We are developing a template because the government alone does not have the resources to educate our children effectively and that is the fact.
“So, we need to educate our children so that they can be with us in the future to do the needful.”
He proclaimed that the state would always uphold everyone’s right to a functional education.
Chief Bayo Lawal, the state’s deputy governor, said that the current administration is subject to criticism.
He urged participants to consistently come up with pertinent suggestions that could advance the state.
Chief Bayo Oyero, the event’s chairman, Senator Monsurat Sumonu, Okeere of Saki Oba Khalid Olabisi, Alhaji Hammed Raji SAN, and Alfa Oloore all praised Governor Seyi Makinde for his “open door” policy, which they said suits Islam’s interests.
However, they urged the state’s religious organizations to always convey their complaints to the proper parties rather than posting them on social media.
Sheik Taofeek Akewugbagold, the chairman of the pilgrim welfare board (Muslim Wing) under the current administration in the state, praised the governor Seyi Makinde’s “masses-oriented policies” in his sermon.