Use Your Position To Foster Unity, Economic Devt, Abiodun Urges New Ogbeni Oja Of Ijebu-Ode
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has urged the newly installed Ogbeni Oja of Ijebuland, to use his title to foster unity, peace, economic development and educational advancement in Ijebuland and the entire state.
Governor Abiodun who stated this in his address at the conferment of the title on Dr Folorunsho Kuku said his accomplishment in the medical field and his philanthropic endeavours are clear indications of the positive impact he can bring to ijebuland .
Represented by his Deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, the Governor added that, the Ogbeni Oja title is a call to service and championing the aspirations of the people of Ijebu, explaining that its not a ceremonial title but a position that requires more responsibilities as the highest title that can conferred on any individual of Ijebu extraction, informing that the Ogbeni oja is the chairman of kingmakers and all matters concerning the palace of the Awujale rest on his shoulders.
While describing the new Ogbeni Oja as a man of distinction and one who has recorded many remarkable achievements, he expressed confidence that his tenure would bring about prosperity and peace to the wellbeing of the people of Ijebuland, affirming that his commitment to excellence coupled with a profound sense of responsibility has positioned him as a beacon for others to follow.
The State helmsman said ‘as we witness the investiture of Sonny Kuku, let us reflect on the enduring values that has sustained this communities through generations, unity, resilience and commitment to the common goal has been the cornerstone of Ijebuland success .
According to him, ‘this reiterates, my administration’s commitment to working hand in hand with traditional institutions in creating a conducive environment aimed at fostering prosperity.
Our collective success hinges on the harmonious partnership between the government, its traditional institutions and the people of the state. By fostering an environment of collaboration and progress, together, we can be build a future where the generations to come will see this day as a turning point in our history’
Appreciating Awujale for his leadership wisdom and commitment to preserving the rich cultural heritage that defines Ijebuland, Governor Abiodun stressed the need to recognise the importance of collective actions, calling on all indigenes of Ijebuland as well as the state at large to support the new ogbeni oja who succeeded Adeola Odutola who was the ogbeni oja for almost 40 years.
The Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, HRM Oba Dr Sikiru Adetona, in his remarks, thanked God for His mercies upon his life, appreciating his wives for taking care of him and all Ijebus for their cooperation in the last 64 years of his reign on the throne, while specially appreciating Prince Dapo Abiodun for his unflinching support financially, morally and in particular his developmental strides in the state.
According to Awujale ‘i want to specially commend Governor Abiodun for the success recorded on the policy of burying kings according to their religious beliefs in the state, this agitation has been since the time of former Governors Olusegun Osoba, Gbenga Daniel and Ibikunle Amosun’s administrations but it was not successful”, he therefore called on governors in western region to emulate Gov Abiodun by implementing such policies in their various states
While calling on Nigerians to support President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s administration for a better Nigeria, he urged the people of Ogun State to continue to support Governor Abioduns ISEYA mantra.
Earlier in his welcome remark, the Chairman of the committee Chief Dr Fassy Adetokunbo Yusuf, appreciated God for making the day a reality, praying that Almighty will spare the life of the Awujale of Ijebuland and the newly installed Ogbeni Oja for a more successful reign.
Dignitaries at the event include, Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, represented by his Deputy, Dr Obafemi Hamzat, Former Governors of Ogun State, Chief Olusegun Osoba, Sen Gbenga Daniel, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Secretary to the Ogun State Government, Mr Tokunbo Talabi, Deputy Chief of Staff to the Ogun State Governor , Dr Toyin Taiwo, Akarigbo and paramount ruler of Remoland, HRM Oba Babatunde Ajayi, Olu and paramount ruler of Yewaland, HRM Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, Osile of Oke-ona Egbaland, HRH, Tejuoso amongst others
Highlight of the event was horse riding by the Kuku royal family, shooting of local guns and cultural display.