The Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona, has lamented the deplorable conditions of roads within Ijebuland.
He specifically appealed to the Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun to fix Ijebu Ode-Epe road among other township roads. The eminent Yoruba monarch gave the warning while speaking at the 2019 Ojude Oba Festival with the theme: “The Uniqueness of Ijebu Nation”.
The eminent monarch, who noted that no mortal can live forever, also used the occassion to tell his subjects to ensure that proper selection process be followed in choosing his successor.This he said was necessary for the continous socio-cultural and economic development of Akile Ijebu, which is paramount to him.
While, telling them that death was inevitable, Awujale, who is arguably the current longest reign traditional ruler, warned his people not to allow politics influence the selection of his sucessor when the time comes.
“When I eventually go, please go for a capable successor. Reject any candidate that will put Ijebuland into retrogression.”Do not politicise the process of selecting my successor. Do not go for people that will draw Ijebu backwards. If the next ruling house does not present a viable candidate, please reject them and go for the next ruling house with capable candidate.
“Do not go for moneybags that will destroy the achievements Ijebuland has recorded so far. My prayer is that Ijebuland will continue to grow from strength to strength. God will give you direction when picking my successor; ask God to guide you”, the monarch stated..
Abiodun, who attended the carnival-like festival for the first time as governor, expressed delight that it had become a unifying factor in the state.
He thanked Awujale for his fatherly role at all times and assured that his administration will always promote activities that will promote unity and love among the people of the state.
Among dignitaries that attended the festival were the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, Ogun State Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, former governors Otunba Gbenga Daniel, , Segun Osoba among others.
The festival, which was sponsored by Globacom, featured display and parade of Ijebu culture and tradition amid horse riding and homage by age groups (regberegbe) characterised by intermitent salutary shots from dane guns.