The Untold Story Of Osinbajo's Visit To Akure
When the news of the Nigeria Vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo's visit hit the airwaves, there was a noticeable spark of anticipation on faces of people across Ondo state.
The Nigerian second citizen was billed to visit the state capital for the launch of the Ondo state edition of the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises MSMEs clinic.
His expectation obviously gave the city of Akure a new look as every neglected portion of the major aspect of the town received a significant attention from the state government. It really seems to be a visit like no other.
What however remains an illusion about his visit was the palpable tension, distress and discomfort it inflicted on the people of the state capital.
Prior to his arrival, hundreds of security forces from the Department of State Services, DSS, Police, Army and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps NSCDC have been deployed to mount some strategic places within the city.
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Their intimidating sights copiously informed the reasons why residents of the state asked repeatedly if there was a war or an outbreak of terrorism in the state capital.
Tosin Olawuwo, an Okada rider told our reporter that this is the first time he would experience that kind of security arrangement.
"it was as if there was war in the state. An sure that kind of faces cannot be seen in Borno state where Boko Haram are attacking people day and night. It was too scary." He said
On her part, Mrs. Folake Apalara advised the Nigerian government to deploy more security forces to the North East and other part of the country where they are being killed daily.
"Can you imagine? Who could ever believe we have this kind of active security forces in Nigeria and innocent people are being slaughtered daily in Borno, Taraba, Adamawa, Benue and the rest.
"It is absolute nonsense to deploy half of Nigerian security forces to a place like Akure just because vice president is coming."
Aside the sight of security goons, some residents lamented the restrictions of movement the vice president visit created during his stay.
Charles Ipinsagba, a taxi driver said he could not go out all through the period.
"when I saw what was happening in town, why do I need to burn my fuel for nothing? They said VP is coming and stopped our movement.
"For more than five hours, we would not see him and the police would not allow us to move. And if they eventually released us, there will be traffic logjam everywhere." He said.
Mrs. Mojisola Alaba, a market woman at the popular Oja Oba Market also lamented her loss.
"All of us were only coming to market to sightsee. No customer because people were unable to come out due to the traffic gridlock and presence of security agents everywhere."
Commenting on the development, the spokesman of the state police command, Femi Joseph said all security agencies needed to synergise to make the Vice President’s visit a memorable one.
"We have already sought the cooperation of road users and people of Ondo state for any inconveniences the visit might cost them." He said.
Prof. Osinbajo had during the two days visit interacted with MSMEs and their products, paid courtesy call on the Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi, inspected the home grown school feeding programme at Alagbaka Primary School and the Federal Government light up project at Isinkan Neighborhood Market.
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