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15.10.17

Nigerians hail Alaafin of Oyo as he clocks 79

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Nigerians hail Alaafin of Oyo as he clocks 79
Some past and present political office holders in Oyo State on Saturday gathered in Oyo to felicitate the Alaafin, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi who clocked 79 years on Sunday.
A lecture organised to mark Alaafin’s birthday celebration held at the Atiba hall, was significant as Oba Adeyemi’s giant strides since assumption of office of the Alaafin, 46 years ago became subject for discussion.
Those at the event themed “Alaafin’s Economic Empowerment, Youth Development and the Quest for Greater Oyo”, including Senator Monsurat Sunmonu, House of Representatives member, Akeem Adeyemi, Chairman, Oyo State Pilgrims Welfare Board, Alhaji Taofeek Akeugbagold and former Commissioner for Works and Transport and governorship aspirant in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Alhaji Yunus Akintunde, attributed their success stories to Alaafin who they regarded as “the magic wand and God sent helper” for their political career.
Sunmonu described Alaafin as her father, who remains the pillar to all her successes by first becoming an elected member of the state House of Assembly, Speaker of the House for four years and now elected Senator of the Federal Republic.
She highlighted her achievements made possible by Alaafin to include provision of transformers and empowerment for people across Oyo Central and the sponsorship of motion to finish the ongoing Oyo-Ogbomoso road which works would complete by December 31, 2017, among others.
Adeyemi who is also a biological son to the monarch said that the Alaafin ensured sleepless nights for him on youth empowerment and vocational training for all Oyo sons and daughters in order for them to be self reliant and good ambassadors. He showcased a quantum of graduates who had secured employment in Federal Government civil service through the connection of Oba Adeyemi.
Akintunde in his own opinion said that the monarch remained the greatest ever living royal father in black Africa who wields political, economic and infrastructural powers to develop the town and its people, which prior to Oba Adeyemi ascension to the throne of his forbears was nothing to write home about.
The Ex-Works Commissioner listed several road rehabilitation, reconstruction and infrastructural facilities brought to Oyo during his short stint in government, and highlighted a number of challenges of the town but was quick to add that, “with the never say die spirit of Alaafin, all the grey areas will soon be over and Oyo will forever remain in the forefront of developmental greatness of the entire state. Kabiyesi’s intellectual prowess, philanthropy and uncanny love for development are legendary and we shall continue to drink from the milk of your fatherly gestures.”
Oba Adeyemi while responding expressed appreciation to all the people of Oyo as he stressed, “It was rare to be alive and bear testimony to the great things one has done to develop human and material resources that are abound here. I am very happy that in my lifetime, people appreciate my footprints in the sand of time.
“When Yunus was dropped as Commissioner, I went to meet the Governor and attacked him. I queried what he did wrong. I said we needed to know what he did. And the Governor was surprised I could come down to Ibadan on Yunus and since then, he multiplied the honour and respect he has for me. Many did not know I had no hand in his removal because Governor appointed my daughter as his replacement.
“Some people used the opportunity to create a wedge between me and Yunus but he was very wise. I never quarrelled with him and I dare say Yunus is very clean and upright. He used his position to bring developments to Oyo and I am proud of him,” Alaafin added.
Other speakers who poured encoumium on the monarch at the event include the Deputy Speaker, Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. AbdulWasiu Musa, Commissioner of Police in the state, Abiodun Odude, National Coordinator of Oodua Peoples Congress, Gani Adams, Bishop Ayo Ladigbolu, Osolo of Isolo, Lagos, Oba Kabiru Agbabiaka, and scores of traditional rulers in Oyo and Oke-Ogun areas.

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