The Awujale and paramount ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, has lamented the hatred the outgoing Ogun State Governor Ibikunle Amosun has for the Ijebu “even though he likes me”.
The eminent monarch spoke during the 3rd Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona Professorial Chair in Governance Lecture organised to celebrate his 85th birthday and 59th year on the throne on Friday.
This lecture titled, ‘Grassroots: The Soft Underbelly of Nigeria’s Political Architecture’, was delivered by Prof Ayo Olukotun of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye.
Oba Adetona, who is arguably one of the current longest reign monarch, who spoke in Yoruba, alleged that his people were maltreated by the governor during his reign.
“Amosun does not like the Ijebu people but he is my friend. He loves me and he is close to me, but when you claim to love me and hate Ijebu people, automatically, you hate me too.”
However, he commended Amosun, who was not physically present, but was represented by his deputy, Mrs Yetunde Onanuga, for showing him love at all times.
“I must thank Governor Amosun because he stood by me but that is not enough. For you to have thrown stones at an Ijebu person, you have thrown stones at me.
“So, whatever has happened has happened and is gone. So, I want us all to come together and do things together so that we can together achieve our desired country.
Meanwhile, Ogun State Governor-elect, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has felicitated with the paramoumt ruler on his milestone.
In a statement by his spokesperson, Remmy Hazzan, Prince Dapo Abiodun joined all Ijebu sons and daughters, home and abroad, to celebrate the monarch, whom he described as principled royal father, whose exploits in leadership is worthy of recommendation and emulation.
“Kabiyesi Awujale has over the decades carved a niche for himself as an enigma among very many other traditional rulers. A royal majesty of high integrity who says it as it is, regardless of whore ox is gored.
“You have always played unique fatherly roles, mentoring all Ijebu sons and others, and outing the Ijebu landscape in the forefront of commercial, economic, entertainment and cultural industries, for which we are all proud of you.
“On this unique occasion of your 85th birthday sir, I wish you very many more years of service to humanity in good health and in prosperity. Happy 85th birthday Kabiyesi”, the stated.