President Buhari, Governor Abiodun celebrate Awujale of Ijebuland on coronation anniversary
President Muhammadu Buhari, GovernorDapo Abiodun and former Senate president, Dr. Bukola Saraki celebrated the oldest reigning monarch, Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Kayode Adetona on his coronation anniversary.
Oba Adetona was crowned Awujale of Ijebuland on April 2, 1960 and on Thursday, he celebrated his 60 years on the throne.
In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, President Buhari praised Oba Adetona on the milestone and for the peace in Ijebu Kingdom.
“President Buhari joins indigenes of Ijebuland, government and people of Ogun State in celebrating the milestone, while commending the octogenarian for upholding the legendary history and tradition of his forefathers, especially the highly organised political, economic and social structures that preceded many civilisations in Africa,” the statement read.
“As the royal father marks 60 years on the throne, President Buhari affirms that his exposure, knowledge and charisma before ascending the position deeply impacted and expanded the influence of the domain, most remarkably among other traditional rulers and various state governments that rely on him for wise counsels.
“The President believes the wisdom, warmth and friendliness of the monarch also translated into peace and civility in the domain. President Buhari prays that the almighty God will continue to bless the Awujale of Ijebu Kingdom, and grant him more years of fruitful reign.”
Meanwhile, Governor Dapor Abiodun, in his congratulatory note, praised the Awujale as a great asset to Ogun State.
“You are a great asset and your candour, courtliness, courage, magnanimity, valor, nobility, gait and exemplary leadership are hallmarks of the stool of Awujale and a reference for traditional monarchy in the country,” Governor Abiodun remarked.
Immediate past Senate President and ex-Governor of Kwara State, Dr. Bukola Saraki described Oba Adetona as a role model for generations.
“During his reign as Oba, he has upheld the ideals and traditions of Ijebuland and has served as an ideal role model for generations” he noted.
“I pray that Almighty Allah will keep him in good health to continue to lead Ijebuland and contribute to the development of Ogun State, in particular, and Nigeria, in general” he added.