The former Nigerian President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo has affirmed that Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi has added value to the traditional stool, adding that he is proud of the reign of the monarch since he ascended the throne.
Penpushing reports that, Obasanjo made this known at a banquet ceremony as part of the 5th coronation anniversary organized by by Oodua Descendants Union, packaged by the Odua Group of Companies, and Penpushing serving as media partner
The former President speaking at the swimming pool side of Premier Hotels, Mokola Ibadan, Oyo State Capital, said the entire Yoruba race is proud of the monarch who he said has make tradition and culture visible globally
Penpushing further reports that, Ogunwusi as monarch has shown that, ’We have something we can be proud of. Those people who believe monarchs have no role in this modern day are a wrong, in the colonial days they played major roles’
‘ Kabiyesi you proved that you have roles in modern day tradition, the throne you took over you have modernize it, and make it greater than you met it, you have made our culture visible globally. One great responsibility as custodian of our tradition. You have shown the world that we have what we can be proud of; you have shown us authenticity of tradition and culture, not only Yorubaland but throughout Nigeria.
Penpushing also reports that, Obasanjo described Ooni as a unifier and nation builder whose genuine desire in empowering youths across the country, noting that he has become inspiration for the youths and has not disappoint them
‘You a unifier, a builder of nation, I want to commend you on what you are doing for the youths, in empowering the youths, in giving them understanding and they are all looking on you and you have not failed, I will encourage you not to fail them, I pray you be inspiration to our youths. Kabiyesi, we look forward to your anniversary to 50th anniversary’.
‘The organizers of this ceremony with your support and has thought it fit to invite, when you are having you 10 years anniversary and they leave me out I will gate crash, if they leave me out for your 20 years anniversary I will gate crash, if they leave me out on your 50th anniversary I will gate crash’, Obasanjo said humorously
Penpushing further reports that, highlight of the programme was ‘Amazon Award’ bestowed on Iyalode Alaba Lawson by the monarch, which was presented by the former Nigerian President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo
The former President described Lawson as a very formidable woman, a woman in man skin, as well as through and foremost educationist with one of the best school in the country, whose impact on the development of the country cut across and commended the royal father for honouring her.
The ceremony attracted dignitaries across the country, which include former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Saa’rd Abubarkar, Alake of Egba land, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, Elegushi of Ikateland, Oba Saheed Ademola, Oniru of Iruland, Oba Gbolahan Lawal, Olu Itori of Egbaland, Oba Fatai Akamo and Iyalode of Yorubaland, Iyalode Alaba Lawson among others.
The awardee in her remarks said the award was historic in her life and expressed profuse appreciation, stressing that she would dedicate the award to womanhood, adding that the monarch had made her proud to do more
Penpushing also reports that the anniversary lecture and banquet planning committee include:Prince Ademakinwa Adereti(Chairman), Pastor Abimbola Alagbe (Co-Chairman), Babatunde Oyewole(Secretary), Babatunde Olaniyi(member),Hassan Ajayi(member), Rev Olukunle Oluitan(member) and Mrs Funke Michael(member)
The list include:Prof Peju Esimai(member),Prince Adewale Adeniyi(member),Mrs Abimbola Akinjo-Olatunde(member),Mr Shina Odebiyi(member),Miss Oluwafumbi Fuwa(member),Miss Olabisi Kayode-Adedeji(member),Miss Ifeoluwa Eluyera(member),Mr Daramola Morakinyo(member) and Mr Akin Daodu(member)
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