By Funmi Ojo
Osun state Governor, Senator Ademola Adeleke has described the first Executive Governor of Osun state, Senator Isiaka Adeleke as a passionate lover of good governance and a patriot with selfless leadership attributes.
The Governor spoke at the posthumous birthday of the late first Executive Governor of Osun state, Senator Isiaka Adeleke and the unveiling of the statutes of former Governors of the state and the commissioning of late Isiaka Adetunji Memorial Circle, Park and Garden.
Governor Adeleke paid tributes to both the living and late Governors of Osun state, recalling with nostalgia the fond memories of his late brother whom he said laid a sustainable foundation for a new Osun state.
Commending the military and civilian Governors who had governed the state in the past, Governor Adeleke said his motivation for the memorial circle was to preserve memories of previous leaders as a collection point for Osun state leadership history.
“My vision is to preserve the fond memories of past Governors among which my brother, Governor Adeleke was the pioneer occupant of the democratic leadership. I seek a point where our young ones can access details of who has governed Osun state and years of their service to the state.
“We also have a park at the circle where our people can hold meetings and relax while in the capital for one task or the other. I am preserving the good work of our leaders. My sacred responsibility is to build on the records and experiences of former leaders to further develop our state.
Accompanied by the wife of late Senator Isiaka Adeleke who is the Commissioner for Federal Affairs, Mrs. Adenike Adeleke and the Timi of Ede, His Royal Majesty, Oba Munirudeen Adesola Lawal, the state Governor separately commissioned the statue and the garden in presence of top officials including the Deputy Governor, Prince Kola Adewusi; the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Teslim Igbalaye, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Kazeem Akinleye and members of the State Executive Council.