The former Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola, has said that he will forever be grateful to former President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and President Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the successes he achieved in his political career through them.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Aregbesola made this statement during a civic reception organised in his honour by Concerned Muslim Scholars and Clerics in South Western Nigeria on Sunday in Oyo town.
He said Buhari and Tinubu made the achievements that facilitated the grand reception in which people were praising him for today possible.
He also stated how Tinubu mentored him in Lagos State and facilitated his emergence as Governor of Osun State.
He said that the establishment of Nigeria Immigration Service Passport office, Fire fighting office and Agro Ranger Office in Oyo town, which people praised him for, was done by Buhari and executed through him as the Minister of Interior.
He said, “If any appreciation and gratitude could be given to me, I want to believe greater appreciation should be given to the two people I mentioned.
“Without their support, it would be pretty difficult for me to single-handedly achieve the height I am now and be able to render the service to good people of Oyo.”
Earlier, the host of the programme, Imam Daud Tijani, said the willingness to celebrate Aregbesola’s indelible achievements as public office holder was due to his exemplified personality in all ramifications.
Tijani said that Aregbesola has remained loyal to the cause of humanity, infrastructure development and maximally using societal resources for the development of the people.
He said, “He is vastly in Knowledge and has a way of relating with people inoffensively and this has earned him the loyalty and admiration of the masses and entire Yorubaland and the nation at large.
”He never compromised his integrity and faith in what he believes to be right.
“Aregbesola is so dear to the Muslims not only because he is a practising Muslim but because he consistently present himself as a good ambassador of Islam through good deeds in and outside governance.
“The people of Oyoland will continue to show gratitude to Aregbesola for moving Oyoland to status of a town to a city with the establishment of significant federal establishments.
In his contribution, the Chairman of the occassion, Sen. Mudasiru Husain, said Aregbesola wa as a diligent, compassionate and an exemplary leader whose style must be emulated by all and sundry.