Declare state of emergency in Osun, SDP tells Buhari · Says Osun under threat of total collapse


Osun State Chapter of Social Democratic Party (SDP) has told President
Muhammadu Buhari to declare a state of emergency in Osun following the
present high level of untimely deaths, hungers and poverty ravaging
the people of the state.
In a statement on Monday (March 28, 2016) by the Chairman of the
party, Chief Ademola Ishola, the party disclosed that information as
its disposal showed that over 510 retirees in the state died in the
last 18 months waiting for their entitlements.
He noted that apart from the uncountable numbers of the state workers
lost their lives to avoidable deaths in the last one year due
financial difficulties while many of them who have been confined to
half salaries being paid them by Governor Rauf Aregbesola in the last
eight months are dying in silence.
According to him, many of the sick people in the state who cannot
afford private hospitals since the public own have been ineffective
since that sack of all the medical doctors have now resorted to
trado-medical centres for help.
The SDP Chairman stated that the state will totally collapse
economically and socially if Aregbesola is allowed to continue in
office beyond July this year.
Ishola lamented that the present woeful allocation of funds from the
Federation Account accrued to the state “has shown that we cannot
recover again from this mess under Aregbesola, hence, the need for the
All Progressives Congress (APC) led government at the centre to
declare a state of emergency in the state”.
“In the whole of the federation, Osun is the only state that for two
months (November and December 2015) it received minus allocations
while the January allocation of the state was as low as N6.2million
for a population of over 5 million people.
“We must not pretend that all is well with Osun. Indeed, all is now
well as this state is almost ruined by Aregbesola’s government. Today,
this state took a bailout of N34.9 billion which we will not finish
paying until 2035, the rescheduled debt by Debt Management Office
(DMO) of N88 billion is still there and several billions of naira
being owed many of Aregbesola’s contractors.
“Businesses are folding up in the state, many able-bodied beggars are
now parading streets of major towns of the state and the state
secretariat is now a ghost centre as many workers cannot afford
transport fare to their various offices.
“Education is at its lowest ebb as woeful performances of the school
pupils had forced the governor to set up a panel to investigate
failures of public school students in external examinations.
“The end of this pathetic problem is not in sight. Even if the
government decides to take levies and taxes, residents of the state
are too poor to pay.
“Our problem in this state is caused by Aregbesola’s appetite for
debt, financial mismanagement and corruption because our state was
better off before 2010 when he was forced on us by Justice Clara
Ogunbiyi led appeal court judgment”, Ishola stated.
The SDP boss urged Buhari to save the over 5 million innocent people
of the state including children, women and the elderly from total
annihilation from the hand of Aregbesola.
The party further threatened that in case President Buhari refused to
act timely, SDP will forward Aregbesola’s alleged atrocities to
International Criminal Court (ICC).