A prominent traditional ruler in the Southwest, Olowu of Owu Kuta, Oba Adekunle Oyelude Makama, has said with the construction of the abandoned bridge linking his community – Owu Kuta with the outside world, Ikoyi-Ede and Osogbo, former Chief of Army Staff and Nigeria Ambassador to the Republic of Benin, Tukur Buratai has broken the over 100-year-old jinx that negated development and prosperity of the town.
Oba Makama reported that the ex-chief of Army Staff helped to break the Jericho wall, adding that Kuta people will never forget his gesture in their lifetime, including the coming generations.
“We are eternally grateful to him and the Nigerian Army. If this was to be influenced by a political party, Kuta will continue to give unalloyed support to the party till eternity because the prosperity of the town is tied to that road”, he said
The monarch, who expressed gratitude to Buratai and the Nigerian Army, disclosed this last Friday during a media chat organised by the Southwest Group of Online Publishers (SWEGOP), in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital.
Narrating how military engineers constructed the abandoned bridge, the chairman council of Owu Oba lauded General Buratai for his patriotism and rare commitment to humanity, stressing that he has never seen a Nigerian as detribalized as the former military chief.
In his words, “General Buratai is a jinx breaker, that’s another genius, highly detribalized, a reliable, patriotic citizen of this country. General Buratai is a friend and a reliable one for that matter.
“My community has an age-long agitation, just one single thing. During the old western region, before the colonial era, because we still have some records that are dated back to some years. Our people have been agitating that there should be a road between Kuta and Ede but there is a barrier – the Osun river, which made that impossible.
”This bridge was started by previous governments, I can remember that former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the Balogun of Owu, while in power flew to the town twice and included the bridge in the federal budget, but it got no cash backing.
Also, former Governor Rauf Aregbesola, my good friend, had the bridge in the state’s budget for 8years, the bridge alone is about over N3 billion, but there was no money to construct the bridge.
But, one day, I was dining with the ex-Chief of Army Staff, and he asked what he could do for me. I told him, I don’t want anything from him. I told him there is only one thing I want him to do for me, and I mentioned the bridge. Eventually, God raised the Chief of Army Staff, Tukur Buratai for me.
“That same day he (Buratai) approved to construct the project in case he leaves office that day and that was the day God smiled on that community that was founded in 1427. Buratai is the angel that God used”, the traditional ruler further narrated.
Oba Makama continued, ” I was away when my subjects called, that soldiers are everywhere, and that they have gone to the river. When I inquired, I was informed that General Buratai has asked that they should get him an estimate of the bridge. No sooner, that we saw heavy equipment being moved to the river. And today, the military engineers have constructed the bridge which has been lying for over 100 years.
“Nobody contributed a dime, no contract was given, it was done by military engineers. We asked for one bridge, they did two. On the day of commissioning, General Buratai led the Army council to Kuta. He constructed the bridge free of charge, the Kuta people will never forget this.
“So, I think my relationship with the military is ordained, it has improved my community, and my relationship with the military will continue, irrespective of any hiccup," the custodian of culture submitted.
As a result of his gesture, residents of Owu Kuta are seeing the former military chief, Buratai as their God for breaking a jinx of over 100 years.
The monarch, also canvassed increased allocation of funds to the military to further assist in the ongoing fight against insurgents in different parts of the country.
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