Earlier today, it was reported by Ogunwatch, a non conventional news media, with internet presence, across Africa, that, the PPRO of the Nigeria Police Force, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, said that; “Sagamu people are mostly cultists…”.
This statement by the mouthpiece of the Nigeria Police Force, is outrightly preposterous, degrading, smelly of mischief and capable of inciting chaos. As a matter of fact, the Police PPRO has decided to add salt to the injury as regards cult clashes going on in Sagamu.
As a Sagamu born, myself, I make bold to overrun this statement made by Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, and I am going to unapologetically say that, Sagamu people are mostly good, responsible, hospitable, hardworking and most importantly, peaceful.
In Sagamu, a day old, enough to call on his mother, can conveniently offer a total stranger a chair and a cup of water, if he sees the stranger to be in need of it. That, is an allegory to the fact that, Sagamites are welcoming and peace loving people.
As much as Sagamu people are more of industrialists and socialites, there have been notable instances, where one conflict or the other have brought Sagamites together as a front to face and win, such fights.
It is also important to note that, Sagamu, being a very crucial area in the gateway state. A pride of Remo Land, the people of Sagamu enjoys the company of numerous ethnic groups across Nigeria, from the Hausa, to the Nupe, to the Igbos, and so forth.
Hence, it is very unreasonable to be calling out Sagamu people with a sterotypical analogy of being affiliated with violence and cultism.
Apart from the obvious consequences of damaging the image of the people who hail from Sagamu, the statement made by Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, is totally unnecessary and can cause severe emotional havoc viz a viz wreck to the personality of the people of Sagamu.
Orisagamu Ewa, the historical origin of the name Sagamu, is a peaceful city, both in the day and night, in fact, Sagamu consumes about 30 to 40 cows in a day, owing to the presence of the Hausa Fulani community who pride themselves in the business of Suya and Kilichi in the late hours of the night in Sagamu.
At this point, I don’t think there is any justification for the position maintained by the Police PPRO, Mr Muyiwa Adejobi, and I beg to state categorically that, this aforementioned statement made by Mr Muyiwa Adejobi during the exercise of his legal duty or mandate is totally incorrect.
As far as the people of Sagamu are concerned, justice, is a very important piece of their own existence, and in a way, we can agree that, Sagamites in the past have fought battles even against the constituted authorities, and won.
For instance, on the occasion of the death of former Remo Stars Footballer, Kaka, Sagamites together took to the streets and called the bluff of the special police squad, then, SARS, and this battle, significantly, was won by the people of Sagamu.
As a matter of fact, the Governor of Ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun, came to the rescue of the people, as well as the then Vice President of Nigeria, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, both sons of Remo, of which, Sagamu happens to be the capital city.
So therefore, I pray, that Mr MUYIWA ADEJOBI, should of utmost respect and love towards the people of Sagamu, immediately, retract his statements in this regard, retrace his steps and reconsile with the people of Sagamu, so as to Foster peace, unity, progress, tranquility and justice with the people of Sagamu.
Sagamu, is a great and beautiful place to be and Sagamites are altogether, blessed, brilliant people who detest violence and cultism with utmost sincerity of heart.
Lastly, I would like to advice the Nigeria Police Force, especially, Ogun state command to look into the matter going on in Sagamu, fish out perpetrators of violence and trace out political incentives that may be connected to this clashes as well.
God bless The Federal Republic of Nigeria.