Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State has called for the preservation of Yoruba history and culture, saying humans have always been the focus of history.
Aregbesola made the call at the book presentation of historical towns and events to mark the 27th anniversary of the creation of the state.
It will be recalled that Osun State in Southwest Nigeria was created on Aug. 27, 1991, from the old Oyo State.
The Governor stressed the administration’s commitment to promoting Yoruba values and culture, just as it has committed itself to provide infrastructure and socio-economic development.
He said the documentation of the history of ancient towns and cities in the state is a manifestation of such commitment.
“The book is a compendium of historical and geographical facts as well as cultural and administrative narratives, both of ancient and contemporary times.
“The book examines and documented the history of some major towns as Ila-Orangun, Erin-Ijesha, Ile-Ife, Iwo, Ilesha, Osogbo, Ikirun, Ejigbo, Ede, Ikire, Orile-Owu, Okuku, Irabiji and Ijebu-Jesa.
“The interesting stories of these towns and cities might have become familiar to us, but the novelty of these stories is most apparent to someone hearing them for the first time.
“The entire story of mankind has come to us from individual voices from the past; and because there was no documentation, our history has been distorted, or even erased, and the younger generations have been detached from their history.
“Consequently, when people get detached from their history, they will be completely alienated,” the governor said.
Aregbesola was represented by the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Adelani Baderinwa, at an event organised by the Department of Social, Grassroots Mobilisation and Guidance, Office of the Governor.
By Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo