Osun State was agog Wednesday to receive President Muhammad Buhari, who arrives the state Thursday on one day working visit.
Preparation to host him was in top gear as the state government cleared off the major roads containers and wooden kiosks.
Owners of cars parked on the roads were ordered to remove them before the arrival of Mr. President and his entourage.
The security agencies, including the Police, the Department of the State Security, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, the Federal Road Safety Commission, and other paramilitary agencies were yesterday preparing their officers and men for the visit.
President Buhari is expected to commission some projects of the Rauf Aregbesola administration, including the construction of an ultra-modern construction of the Osogbo High School.
Meanwhile the state government has urged the people of the state to demonstrate the Omoluabi (virtuous) ethos they have been known for.
In a statement yesterday the Director, Bureau of Communication and Strategy in the Office of the Governor, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, said that the President will during the visit, commission the newly built 3,000 students capacity Osogbo Government High School, Osogbo.
According to the statement, President Buhari’s visit to Osun will be a testimony to the landmark achievements in the almost six years of Governor Rauf Aregbesola as well as the good working relationship between Osun and the Federal Government.
The statement read in part: “From our own corner of this great country, we are poised to set examples on how to solve many of the national social economic and political complications confronting us. The magnificent Osogbo Government High School President Muhammadu Buhari will be commissioning on Thursday is illustrative of the magnitude of our ideas and interventions in the education sector. We remain unrelenting as we continue our assault on delayed infrastructure in our education sector and all other sectors.
“We urge the good people of the state to maintain the peace that the state is noted for during and after the President’s visit. We ask them to give a rousing welcome to our amiable President. We call on our people particularly the people of Osogbo and its environs, to come out in their great numbers and give our President a befitting welcome during his visit to our state.”
Also, a socio-political society, the Oranmiyan Group, has congratulated the state government over the visit, saying the Rauf Aregbesola administration had more than enough projects for commissioning.
Its President, Hon. Niyi Aluko, said the visit would prove that Aregbesola as a prudent manager of resources had done his best at a critical period of economic downturn to deliver his campaign promises.
He, therefore, enjoined Governor Aregbesola not to be deterred by “uncomplimentary comments of some people but to continue to do more for the state.”
Also, the People’s Democratic Party in Osun State has advised Governor Rauf Aregebesola to “maximize the occasion of President Mohammadu Buhari’s visit to Osun state and table before him series of woes facing the state and the citizens rather than presenting himself as a fulfilled and a performing governor.”
According to a statement by its spokesman, Diran Odeyemi, the party said: “The President if allowed to inspect Ido Osun Aerodrome, the International market in Dagbolu, Osogbo/ Kwara Boundary road and Osogbo/Gbongan road among other abandoned projects may wish to assist the state in resuscitating them for the benefit of the citizens.”