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Oath Taking by Ogun Lawmakers.

By Chief Femi Robinson.
 Published  June 30th, 2009

I read in the Daily Punch of June 30 a write up by Demola Oni a Punch correspondent in Abeokuta in which a law maker claimed he was made to take an oath of allegiance to Governor Gbenga Daniel of Ogun State before the last election. I am surprised this, is being made news because every one has to swear to an oath of allegiance before he takes up a position of responsibility in any country in the world. Even in the law courts you are made to swear to tell the truth and everyone is made to swear by an object or what he believes. What makes swearing by, Ogun, Sango, Amadioha, or a shrine different? It is obvious that some people are trying to make a mountain out of a mole hill. It is obvious that these dishonest elements had no interest in being part of Otunba Gbenga Daniel’s project but to benefit from the fact that he was the people’s choice.

Who among the politicians of today can affirm that he or she did not swear to an oath of allegiance in one form or the other to the people’s choice in other states so as to secure his or her seat? Who among the politicians of today can affirm that he or she did not have to identify so as not to be sidelined? Can any house owner sleep with a poisonous snake on his roof?

Remember what Jesus Christ said to the people who wanted to stone a prostitute. He asked ,”he that is of no sin, let him cast the first stone”. Nobody did.

Some people are destined to answer the calling of their name. The Holy books tell us that Daniel was prosecuted by the unbelievers. He was thrown into the Lion’s den by people who wanted him out of the way so that they can continue to deceive the people. The Holy books tell us the hungry Lions did not harm him because he was doing God’s will.

There are evidences on ground to prove to every one that Otunba Gbenga Daniel has been doing God’s will. The voice of the people, Is the voice of God. He has within a period of five years done what many Governors could not do. He has made it possible for many sons and daughters of Ogun State to come home to their state. There is no doubt that some parochial people who do not want the rapid in-flux of development will stop at nothing, to derail the process.

When you swore to serve Ogun State Government you were indirectly swearing to serve in Otunba Gbenga Daniel’s Government. This is Nigeria, not Britain or America. We swear with what ever we all agree to swear with. In history we are told that when some women wanted to dethrone a king, years back they besieged the palace “Logolonto”.  So what is strange in people taking oath of allegiance “Logolonto” if ever such a thing happened? Let’s stop chasing shadows. Do not forget, there is still much work to be done. We need peace to do them.




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