History is not a liar and will never for once be. There is a clear pointer to the fact that Oyo town is one of the earliest organized territories in Nigeria. Judging by what we have, the town had wielded enormous traditional political power spanning to the post_independence era and still retains the uniqueness, traditional dignity, and relevance till today.
Nothing relevant can be put down without laying respectful claim to the distinguished personality of the Alaafinate and the present Alaafin, Dr. Lamidi Adeyemi whose leadership acumen cannot be undermined.
The town is a blessed one. A natural disaster_free empire with harmonious and friendly people. Talk about the atmosphere of the town, it’s serene and relatively friendly with moderate rainfall, sun and wind as and when due.
To whom much is given, much is expected. The town that upholds host of territorial comfortability as earlier paraphrased should without ado be at the forefront of development in the country. Industries, Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) for the government, peacekeeping and building, wave of employment opportunities, and government parastatals in a town are some of the indications of development in that area. With due respect to the frontiers of Oyo, all these are devoid in the town which calls for worry and thoughts.
This piece is not to reflect or aportion any blame on any force in the town but to enjoin everyone that with the solemnity and God’s favour side_by_side with the town, there is a dire need for all and sundry to take a leap to make Oyo a better place.
First, we need to do all we can to canvass and enjoin illustrious sons and daughters of the town to come back home. These people who had made fat success in their various disciplines but abide with other cities or abroad should come back to their ancestral homes. We will need their wit and brain to develop Oyo town.
As a people, we should accord enough respect for this great town. An average American will say “God bless America” but previous surveys had made us understand that a lot of indigenes do not even wish Oyo well. This has to change! The propaganda and slander about the town must be laid to rest. The inhabitants of Oyo should imbibe the spirit of doing their best to paint Oyo relatively encouraging enough that will tantalize investors to come to do business in the town.
Additionally, if you live in the town and you don’t contribute your quota towards making the town a shining light for other towns to follow, you are also part of the problem. Every inhabitant of the town should also bring in their creative, entrepreneurial, and innovative intelligence to the fore and begin to make things happen in the town.
Rome was not built in a day. It’s high time every descendant of the ancient city of Oyo Alaafin rise up to the challenge of putting the town where it should be.
Yusuf Oyetunji Adua (Yusful) is a professional journalist, content creator and political scientist
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