The Osun Masterminds Slams Adeleke’s Spokesman Over Comment On Fertilizer Distribution


The Osun Masterminds has berated Olawale Rasheed, the spokesperson for the Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, over his reaction to the group’s statement on the distribution of fertilizers in the state.

The Osun Masterminds had in its June 2024 State Address on Saturday urged the Osun State Government to ensure fairness, transparency, and sincerity in the distribution of fertilizers recently disbursed to states across the country.

The group in a statement signed by its Executive Director, Prof. Wasiu Oyedokun-Alli, on Sunday, said Rasheed labelled critics of Adeleke’s administration as opposition, instead of addressing issues raised by individuals or groups in the state.

The group stated, “He is an artful dodger of intelligent conversations, known to resort to blackmail, mudslinging and the use of unintelligent words.

“We specifically mentioned that eleven trucks had been received out of thirty expected. We were thus surprised that instead of speaking to the formula that government will use to distribute, to allay our fears, Rasheed in his characteristic ‘Agbero’ behaviour, decided to rush into the gutter and roll in mud.

“We are aware that the fertilizers received constitute just the first batch of the total expected. We insist however, that the distribution, whether of this first batch, or of the entire batch, must be with fairness, transparency, and sincerity. There must be no political coloration to the distribution and only true farmers, especially in rural communities, must benefit.”

The Osun Masterminds said Rasheed, while also responding to the concerns raised about ongoing road construction in Osogbo, the Osun State capital, resorted to condemnation instead of addressing the issues.

It added, “Yes, the Oyetola government awarded the Dele Yes Sir dualization, as part of the Osogbo-Ibadan road reconstruction. But, Oyetola ceased to be Governor since November 2022, and almost two years after, the Contractor is still moving at snail speed, refusing to promptly fulfill the terms of the contract.

“Is the Adeleke government too weak to call an erring contractor to order? If project delivery time is already exceeded and quality of work is clearly sub-par, are those not enough grounds for termination of contract?

“Assuming, without conceding, that there are truly genuine reasons for which the ongoing projects are moving at snail speed, should Rasheed not have addressed those reasons instead of the lengthy hubris he released as a response to us?

“We notice with great excitement, how Rasheed laced all of the lines in his release with accusations of partisanship. We are not surprised. In fact, we would be surprised if he acted any better. He has labelled anybody and everybody who has dared to criticize the Adeleke government, instead of advancing intellectual engagements.

“Rasheed’s history of unintelligent public engagement compels us to advise him to, as a matter of important personal development, take a course in public relations so he can stop disgracing our State, and his Principal. A course in public relations will help him stop engaging his ‘agidi’ where he should deploy deep intellect.

“We remain undeterred and will continue to engage government, whether Rasheed and his ilk likes it or not.”

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