Adeleke Commends Osun Traditional Institutions, Celebrates New Olufon of Ifon

By Babatunde Tiamiyu  

Governor Ademola Adeleke has appreciated royal fathers in the state for being proactive about their environment just as he celebrated the new Olufon of Ifon, His Royal Majesty, Aremo Obatala, Oba Peter Ipadeola Ilufemiloye Akinyooye.

The State Governor who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Hon Teslim Igbalaye made the admonition during the installation event for the new Olufon of Ifon, lauding the royal fathers for their intervention over the Ibadan-Ife-Ilesa express road.

Describing traditional rulers as a critical backbone of state governance, Governor Adeleke noted the productive advisory roles of the royal fathers, noting that he is benefitting from their wealth of experience.

While urging closer vigilance of the royal fathers on the security situation in their domains, the Governor appreciated the recent resolutions of the Council of Obas on the Ibadan-Ife-Ilesa road.

The Governor who noted his interface with the Federal Ministry of Works on the road said the National Assembly members have also joined to mount pressure for federal contract award of the road.

Governor Adeleke celebrated the new Monarch, described the royal father as a symbol of modernity and progress, urging him to deploy his experience to build peace and development in his domain.

In a personally signed congratulatory message to the royal father, Governor Adeleke described the first-class monarch as “an embodiment of culture and tradition.”

“Since your ascension to this exalted throne of your forefathers, you have continued to conduct yourself as the finest embodiment of Ifon Orolu’s rich culture and traditions. Your appointment and subsequent coronation are fully deserving. I have no doubt that your people will feel exceptionally blessed to have you as their royal father.”

The event witnessed the installation of many dignitaries and Ifon Orolu indigenes with various chieftaincy titles including some political functionaries.

The well-attended ceremony, held at the premises of the ancient palace, attracted high-profile personalities including the Yeyeluwa of Edeland, Chief (Dr) Mrs. Modupeola Adeleke-Sanni; Secretary to the State government, Hon. Teslim Igbalaye; Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Kazeem Akinleye; Southwest PDP Zonal Chairman, Engr. Kamorudeen Ajisafe; Chairman of the Osun State People’s Democratic Party, Hon. Sunday Bisi amongst others.

Other dignitaries present include members of the State Executive Council, members of the National Assembly, special advisers and members of the local government caretaker committees.

Royal fathers who attended the event include the Ooni of Ife, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II; Timi of Ede Land; Oba Munirudeen Adesola Lawal Laminisa I; Orangun of Oke Ila, HRM Oba (Dr) Adedokun Abolarin Aroyinkeye I, Olobu of Ilobu, Elerin of Erin Osun; Olororuwo of Ororuwo and other traditional rulers from across the country were also present.

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