Reject incapable candidate as my successor, Awujale warns
The Awujale and Paramount Ruler of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, yesterday warned the entire people of Ijebuland and the kingmakers to vehemently reject anyone, who is not capable as his predecessor, insisting that Ijebuland must not be set backward.The monarch, who spoke at the 2019 Ojude-Oba festival held at the Awujale Pavilion, Ijebu-Ode, also warned that the process of selecting his successor must not be politicised.
According to the monarch, nobody knows when he would join his ancestors hence he counselled his subjects, especially the kingmakers, to be wary of selecting money-bags who is not worthy of the crown.
The 85-year-old monarch said: “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 backward.”
“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.”“Call on God for direction when picking my successor. Ask God to guide you. My prayer is that Ijebuland will continue to grow from strength to strength.Awujale, who lamented the deplorable state of roads in Ijebuland, accused the administration of the immediate past governor of the state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, of marginalising his region.
Governor Abiodun, in his address, commended the monarch for using the festival to unite the Ijebu, saying: “The Ojude-Oba festival has grown to become a major communal activity that brings about the general development, not only to the Ijebu community, but to the entire Ogun State.
“Your fatherly role in preserving the pomp and pageantry as well as the style and substance of this great event is worthy of commendation.“It is no gainsaying that the Ojude-Oba festival has grown to become one of the most popular socio-cultural events in the entire South–West region of Nigeria and indeed a global tourist attraction.”
The Special Guest of Honour, Sir Kensington Adebutu, in his speech, described the monarch as a “royal colossus who has remained dependable, forthright, indomitable, tenacity personified, a rallying force and indeed a role model all royal fathers, who want to leave indelible footprints in the sands of time.”
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