The immediate-past Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, yesterday attributed the success of his political career to God, President Bola Tinubu, and former President Muhammadu Buhari.
Aregbesola, while paying homage to the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran, to mark his homecoming reception in Osun State, noted that the support of the two leaders of the country enabled his success in the roles he played.
He expressed gratitude to his family, friends, colleagues, and associates for standing by him throughout his sojourn as commissioner, governor, and minister, praising them for their support.
The former governor used the occasion to enumerate some of the interventions and projects he attracted to Ijesaland during his tenure as minister.
According to him, “We thank God for how far he has brought me. Again, I must thank President Buhari for counting me worthy to be made a minister, and also President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for counting me worthy to be a commissioner in Lagos State because from there, God continued to uplift me to where I’m today.
“If you recall, when I left the government in November 2018, I came here to pay homage and thanked God for a successful tenure.
“After my tour of duty as a minister in Abuja, I felt it was proper for me again to come and pay homage as a worthy son of Ijesaland.
“Some of the projects God used us to achieve and facilitate to Ijesaland are the Fire Service Zonal Training School, 3,000 capacity custodial centre under construction, passport front office, regional passport production centre, COVID-19 crisis intervention fund hospital, Ilesa, and the National Institute of Domestic Security.
“The institute is a research and training centre for all paramilitary agencies in Nigeria and Africa.”
In his remarks, the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Aromolaran, praised the minister for being a worthy son of the Ijesas.
The monarch recalled with nostalgia the myriads of projects and achievements recorded while the former minister governed Osun State, and his imprint which stand him out as a worthy ambassador of the state.
He prayed for higher responsibility and God’s continued benevolence on Aregbesola.