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Ibarapa youths tackle Oyo speaker over poor representation

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By Ojo Peter, Ibadan

Large number of angry Ibarapa youths on Monday besieged the state House of Assembly to protest against what they described as poor representation of Ibarapaland, as the number 3 citizen of the state, by the speaker, Adebo Ogundoyin.

The aggrieved youths, numbering almost 200, spoke with newsmen at the State House of Assembly through their leader on explained that although, the speaker held a security summit sometime at the peak of the crisis in Ibarapaland but noted that the summit has not yielded any positive result.

The convener of Igangan Development Advocate, Oladiran Oladokun, who is the leader of the protesters told newsmen that the security summit organised by the speaker in Ibarapa failed to carry along critical stakeholders who could make productive inputs that would have been yielding positive results by now.

He alleged that most of those invited to the Ogundoyin’s security summit were mostly politicians and associates of the lawmaker, adding that issues discussed at the summit were not holistically addressed even as he accused him of teleguiding participants at the summit.

Oladiran stressed the need for a fresh security summit which will address security challenges in the area holistically and called on the speaker, Adebo Ogundoyin, to use his office to facilitate a fresh security summit that will have representatives of every community in attendance not politicians.

“We are calling for a security summit that will engage every stakeholder not just politicians. The artists, community leaders, pressure groups, even the meat sellers and butchers association, iyalojas association, mechanic, carpenters, farmers associations, and other critical security stakeholders.

“We want the son of the soil who is representing us all from Ibarapaland to be closer home, to always come around and feel the pulse of residents at the grassroots.

“I can assure you that almost all the chieftains in Ibarapaland, a general council of all our royal fathers, our Kabiyesis (traditional rulers), has never been held to a meeting once under the present Speaker and that’s one of the recommendations presented to him to call all the Kabiyesis together and try to feel their pulse as the son of the soil.

“These are areas we believe he could delve into to dig deeper into for proper diagnosis of what’s happening in Ibarapaland,” Oladiran said.

Reacting to the Speaker’s security summit which was earlier held at the peak of the crisis in Ibarapaland especially after the gruesome murder of late Dr Fatai Aborode, Oladiran described the Speaker’s summit as a “figurine type.”

“It was a figurine type of security summit that happened on the go, people were not carried along, critical stakeholders who could make useful and productive inputs were not there because it was an impromptu arrangement.

“The truth is that the speaker’s security summit was more of an in-house gathering. According to the information we reliably gathered, the Speaker had met with those few selected ones prior to the meeting and out words into their mouth.

“I am speaking with you as a leader of the Ibarapa youths and I have several youth organisations under me who give me situation reports from across the entire Ibarapaland so, everything I have told you is a fact, not based on assumptions,” Oladiran said.

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