Vanguard (Lagos)

17 January 2013

Nigeria: Why I Could Not Swear By Quran 10 Years Ago - Akande

Osogbo — NATIONAL Chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Chief Adebisi Akande, Wednesday, gave reasons why he failed to swear by the Holy Quran at his swearing-in ceremony as the governor of Osun State on May 29, 1999 in Osogbo, the state capital.

Speaking on the issue, Akande, at his country home, Ila-Oragun, during activities marking his 74th birthday, he dismissed the speculation that he was a cultist.

Chief Akande in his remark entitled: "An Award of Excellence: Ten Years in Arrears," after he was presented with award of excellence as a 'Pace Setter' by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, NIPR, Osun State chapter, said he failed to swear by any of the holy books because he was not pure to do so at the time of the oath-taking.

According to him: "At the time (May 29, 1999), I stood before the Chief Judge of Osun State for swearing to the oaths, I had farted several times, I had to take my oaths by affirmation which has been the popular practice in most civilised world.

"Since then, the ignorant perception became created among certain people that my mode of dress and style of swearing by affirmation, was dictated by my membership of a powerful secret court.

"Despite many explanations through media interviews, this wrong perception persists among numerous ignorant members of our communities in Osun and beyond.

"I am a devout Muslim and till today, in my life, God knows that I have never belonged to any secret society."

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