Osun Locals Seek Support From Tinubu Regarding Alleged Improper Military Project Site Acquisition

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A gathering of residents from the Ifon Orolu community in Osun State convened on Tuesday, staging a peaceful demonstration to voice their concerns over purported plans by the Nigerian Army to appropriate their land for a project without adhering to the required consultation process.

Led by Chief Babatunde Oyetunji, the community’s regent and Eesa of Ifon, the protesters disclosed that certain military personnel had made visits to Olobu of Ilobu, Oba Asiru Olaniyan. Subsequently, they observed these personnel examining a section of land owned by Ifon Orolu, hinting at a forthcoming project in the area without involving the community in the decision-making process.

Participants in the demonstration brandished placards inscribed with messages such as ‘Lagbaja don’t cause crises in Orolu/Irepodun Community,’ ‘Nigerian Army is for the whole nation, not for a community,’ ‘Federal Government should caution Lagbaja,’ and ‘Tinubu call Lagbaja to order.’

The protesters made it clear that they welcomed development projects in the region but emphasized that due process must be followed; including obtaining the community’s approval and associating the project with Ifon’s name since it would be located on their land.

Speaking on behalf of the demonstrators, Chief Babatunde Oyetunji appealed to Major General Taoreed Lagbaja, Chief of Army Staff and a native of Ilobu, to ensure that the project’s execution does not result in any disruptions to peace and stability.

Oyetunji revealed that information at hand suggests that the proposed facility is intended to be constructed on Orolu land; possibly with an ulterior motive of attributing it to the Ilobu community.

He also noted that they took this opportunity to draw the attention of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu (GCFR) and the Chief of Army Staff; urging them to approach this matter with caution to prevent potential conflicts that could lead to loss of life and property.

Oyetunji highlighted that given the history of occasional clashes between Ifon Orolu and Ilobu, it would be unwise to instigate another confrontation at this time.

Emphasizing, he said while the residents of Orolu Local Government welcome development in Irepodun and Orolu Local Government areas, any developmental undertaking should involve consultation with relevant stakeholders; particularly those whose land would be utilized for the projects.

Adding to the sentiments expressed, Prince Jide Akinyooye, Secretary of Ifon Orolu Development Board, appealed to Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, and President Bola Tinubu to promptly intervene and alleviate the growing tension surrounding the proposed project.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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